Asif Iqbal MBE studied BA (Hons) Deaf Studies and Education at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), where his career has gone from strength to strength, with royal recognition before he had even graduated. Asif during his time at the University was extremely proactive in his approach, taking advantage of all opportunities available to him. This led to a special invitation from The Queen herself.
“When I was in my second year, I was shocked to receive an invitation from Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh inviting me to join a reception at Buckingham Palace on June 1 1998 to celebrate the recognition for being a young achiever,” Asif said.
Since graduating, Asif has worked in a variety of roles, including the Sales and Information Office at Buckingham Palace, where he became the first deaf person working at the iconic residence. Now, he works as a Media/Project Manager for Deaf Parenting UK, a unique organisation that focuses on the needs of deaf parents. He networks with high profile people and is actively responsible for organising annual national conferences, dealing with press/media enquiries and much, much more.
Asif has fond memories of his time at UCLan: “I would encourage anyone to apply for UCLan as it is an excellent university with great communication support and full access to lectures and student union. There is a great student life too!”