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Celebrating our Alumni Award finalists

Written by Lisa Pierre |

In the year we celebrate 150 years of access for women to university education, we are delighted to announce that two LLB alumni have been selected as British Council Alumni Award finalists in Pakistan.

For the first time, distance-learning graduates of the University of London became eligible to enter the British Council Awards for 2017/18.

These awards recognise and honour alumni from around the world who have used their UK education to make a difference in their professions, communities and countries.

It is a special testimony to the achievement of distance learners, who often combine their studies with work and personal commitments.

Sundas Khan, Pakistan, Alumni Award Finalist, 2017-18
Sundas Khan is a finalist in the Professional Achievement Award category.

Our finalists

Television celebrity Sundas Khan is a finalist in the Professional Achievement Award category.

Sundas is a human rights lawyer, a lecturer on the University of London Laws programme, an actress and a television presenter for a morning show on the largest privately owned terrestrial network of Pakistan.

Sundas hails from Waziristan in northern Pakistan. Her journey from a remote village to becoming one of the most famous people in Pakistani media is a source of inspiration for many girls hoping to flourish in Pakistan despite the challenges they face.

Zunehra Taj, also born and raised in Pakistan, became the first female lawyer in her family after she gained her Bachelor of Laws from the University of London in 2010.

After graduating, she joined Roots College International to teach Contract and Land Law to University of London students in Pakistan.

Figures for the 2017/18 Awards

  • 1,700 : total applications
  • 127 : countries
  • 45 : UoL applications

Currently heading an international NGO in Pakistan (Save an Orphan Global Trust based in the UK), Taj is involved in numerous sectors, such as health, food, clean water and education.

As a motivational speaker, she has addressed national and international forums about pressing issues affecting Pakistan, including terminal illnesses, women rights, and poverty for children.

She plans to specialise in International Human Rights Law in the UK and expand her social impact on the marginalised circles of her society.

Zunehra Taj, Pakistan, Alumni Award finalist, 2017-18
Zunehra Taj (pictured here at graduation) is a finalist in the Social Impact Award category.

Simon Askey, Director of Undergraduate Laws at the University of London, said:

"It makes me especially proud that in the first year in which our alumni have been able to enter the British Council awards and in the year that we celebrate 150 years of women being admitted to the University of London, two of our leading Undergraduate Laws women alumni, Sundas and Zunehra, have reached the finals.

"I know that you'll join me in congratulating these remarkable women on this achievement and wishing them every success in the final round."

The winners will be announced in early March at an awards ceremony in Pakistan.