Published on 15/09/2021
Dr Zahid Nawaz
  • Zahid Nawaz awarded honorary degree by Aston University
  • He has been honoured this week in recognition of his work in the field of equality, diversity and human rights
  • Dr Nawaz worked to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in Apprenticeships.

Aston University has awarded an honorary degree to a leading light in equality, diversity and human rights.

Dr Zahid Nawaz was awarded the honorary doctorate by Aston University in recognition of his work to increase the number of underrepresented groups in Apprenticeships.

Dr Nawaz was the Regional Director at the former Commission for Racial Equality. He has also held the title of Diversity and Engagement Manager at the Department for Education and worked on a ministerial project in five key cities around the country which aimed to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in Apprenticeships.

He has also served as an Independent Board Member of the West Midlands Police Authority and was a senior Visiting Fellow to the world-renowned Defence Academy, responsible for harnessing expertise across the whole spectrum of defence and security subjects for the Ministry of Defence.

Professor Alec Cameron, Vice-Chancellor of Aston University, said:

“I am delighted that Dr Nawaz’s pursuit of inclusivity for those who are under-represented in our society has been recognised by this award. He has been a role model for so many already and will continue to inspire our students for years to come.”

Notes to Editors

About Aston University

Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston is a long-established university led by its three main beneficiaries – students, business and the professions, and our region and society. Aston University is located in Birmingham and at the heart of a vibrant city and the campus houses all the university’s academic, social and accommodation facilities for our students. Professor Alec Cameron is the Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive.

Aston University was named University of the Year 2020 by The Guardian and the University’s full time MBA programme has been ranked in the top 100 in the world in the Economist MBA 2021 ranking. The Aston MBA has been ranked 12th in the UK and 85th in the world. The University also has TEF Gold status in the Teaching Excellence Framework. 

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