University of Leicester academic wins British Muslim Award

Posted by es328 at Jan 27, 2017 02:46 PM |
Dr Kal Karim received award at event to celebrate the successes, achievements and contribution of British Muslims to British society

Issued by the University of Leicester Press Office on 27 January 2017

A University of Leicester academic has been honoured at a national awards ceremony for services to science and engineering.

Dr Kal Karim, of the University of Leicester’s Department of Chemistry, was lauded at the British Muslim Awards on 25 January, winning this year’s award for Services to Science and Engineering.

Dr Karim is Associate Professor in Organic and Computational Chemistry at the University of Leicester and beat off tough competition from eight other nominees to win the category at the fifth annual awards.

Dr Karim said: “I was humbled and delighted to have won the award for Services to Science and Engineering at the British Muslim Awards.

“This is the accumulation of many years of hard work but is also a collective effort of Leicester Biotechnology Group and many colleagues who have supported me throughout my career.

“I am hoping that the award will inspire students particularly those from BME backgrounds that they have dedicated teachers and educators that will help them nurture their enthusiasm and talent to be successful in pursuing a career in science and engineering.”

Professor Andrew Ellis, Head of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Leicester, said: “This is a fantastic achievement by Kal against stiff competition.

“To receive a national award like this is a reflection on Kal’s achievements in the chemical sciences and the entire Department of Chemistry is delighted to see this formally recognised.”

This year’s British Muslim Awards were held at the Athena Hotel in Leicester.

The awards were launched in 2013 to recognise the significant contribution of British Muslims to society. Achievements of individuals, groups and charities are recognised from various aspects of society including business, charity, sport, arts and culture.

For further information on the British Muslim Awards please visit http://thediversityawards.info/

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Dr Kal Karim can be contacted on: kk256@le.ac.uk , 0116 294 4668 or 0116 252 2100

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