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In 2002 Wajid graduated in Law from UCLan. He then worked in the voluntary sector with young offenders, gaining qualifications in advice and guidance as well as mentoring, and teaching homeless young people numeracy and literacy. In 2004 he completed a Masters in European Law. During this, inspired by the race riots in Burnley in 2001, he initiated several projects involving community cohesion, including the Corrymeela project, through which his role gained him a HEACF Volunteering Award in 2004
In October 2005 he became UCLan’s MV Co-ordinator for East Lancashire and then lectured in volunteering and community action. Wajid co-wrote the BA (Hons) Active Citizenship and Volunteer Development degree which was validated in May 2006. In September 2006, he was appointed course leader of this programme. He is a regular consultant for BBC Radio 5 Live and the BBC Asian Radio Network on issues including race, youth, community cohesion and society, and has presented in Europe at Volunteurope conferences in Berlin, Strasbourg, Warsaw and Genoa.
In June 2006, he advised the Russian Ministry of Education and Science on developing youth strategies, and was invited to the Civil G8 in Moscow where he introduced proposals to President Putin which were later discussed at the G8 Summit. In October 2006, Wajid was appointed to the Executive Board of Directors of Volunteurope. Recently he has worked on a project engaging the community in developing a university in Burnley, and has represented the University in a collaboration with Russian NGOs. In addition he has been appointed community governor for Burnley Schools Sixth Form and a Board Member for Calico Housing.
Wajid became local Councillor after a landslide victory in the local elections on the 3rd of May 2007 in the Daneshouse & Stoneyholme ward in Burnley. He is a member of the leadership committee and has vice chaired the Environment and scrutiny committee.
In May 2008, Wajid co-wrote the pioneering foundation degree in volunteering. based in a community setting in Burnley. The degree engaged south Asian females academically in a manner which has never been achieved nationally.
Wajid is also attended the prestigious Oxford Young Muslim leadership course in July 2007 and subsequently delivered a paper at Oxford University on leadership and community engagement.