Hifsa honoured for services to community cohesion

“These are substantial forms of recognition for major contributions that both Ruth and Hifsa have made to our communities over a number of years.”

Vice-Chancellor Professor Michael Gunn

Staffordshire University’s Equality and Diversity officer Hifsa Haroon Iqbal has been has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.

The honour was awarded in recognition for services to community cohesion in Staffordshire.

Commenting on the honour, Hifsa said: “It’s not something that you receive everyday. It’s quite humbling as well because I’m just not convinced that it’s totally deserved.”

University Vice-Chancellor Professor Michael Gunn said: “We are delighted for Hifsa and her family and are proud to be associated with her.

“The University prides itself on the excellent links it has with the Staffordshire community and Hifsa’s work in promoting equality and diversity across many community groups and professional forums is a big part of that.”

Hifsa worked for a number of years in the Faculty of Health before taking up her current role. She is a well known figure in both Staffordshire and Muslim communities and uses her position to raise awareness and promote the work of the University in the wider community.

Recently she was instrumental in encouraging participation among local schools in the Faith in the Potteries photographic exhibition which took place at the former Spode factory site in Stoke.

Last year Hifsa was one of five new Deputy Lieutenants to be appointed by HM Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire, Sir James Hawley.

A member of the Staffordshire Police Authority, Hifsa also Chairs Stafford and District Friends of Faith Network, is a trustee of Stafford Muslim Community Centre, governor at Stafford College and Vice-Chair of the standing Advisory Council for RE in Staffordshire.

She is also a committed fundraiser for Oxfam and raised many thousands of pounds following the devastating floods in Pakistan.

Meanwhile Dr Ruth Chambers, a Visiting Professor at Staffordshire University and GP in North Staffordshire, has also been recognised  with an OBE for services to Primary Care.
Professor Gunn added: “These are substantial forms of recognition for major contributions that both Ruth and Hifsa have made to our communities over a number of years.”
 

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