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Shahida Ahmed

MA Community Leadership, 2012

Shahida Ahmed

Shahida Ahmed’s already successful career working as an elected Councillor, Vice Chair of Nelson Town Council and Director on HRH The Prince of Wales – Mosaic, North West Board led to develop her understanding of the local community and how she could contribute to making it more diverse.

As it was the first course in the UK in Community Leadership, Shahida felt MA at UCLan was perfect to enhance her skills and knowledge for her community work.

“The MA in Community Leadership touched on how history and the world contributed to what we have today and how we can use this to better the communities we live in, and as individuals contribute,” Shahida said.

“As a mother, educator and artist, I understood through my experience of working in the media, TV, education and various community groups that we could make our own communities better but we had to take some lead.”

After graduation, Shahida was offered a post in Qatar, Doha to work as a Curriculum Co-ordinator in education. In addition to this, the UCLan Alumna’s artwork, which was created and inspired by her course of study, was exhibited for then Prime Minister David Cameron at Downing Street and for Dr. Sultan Qassemi at Sharjah Museum.

Shahida’s lasting memory of her time at the University is a trip to Cordoba, Spain with students from various religious backgrounds, as well as the lecturers providing their expertise. She said: “The module on interfaith dialogue made me realise that dialogue and communication were very crucial in societies and communities.”

Shahida concluded: “Never give up. Education can be achieved at any age but must be done with commitment and passion.”

17 April 2018