Mile End residents receive Honorary Fellowships


Two local residents from Mile End were awarded Honorary Fellowships for their outstanding contribution to the community. Nurull Islam and Assan Ali received the prestigious Fellowships from The School of Languages, Linguistics and Film at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

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They both run the Mile End Community Project (MCP), a multi-award winning film and media organization with a commitment to develop the life and career skills of young people. Their work with MCP engages young people through creative learning opportunities, such as peer-led film making, art, and media projects.

Nurull and Assan also work directly with QMUL to support teaching and research, giving guest lectures in Youth and Community engagement, and contributing to action research projects as research partners and advisory board members. They also add a valued relationship with Schools such as Drama, and the Centre for Public Engagement.

Professor Peter McOwan, Vice Principal and Executive Dean said, “This is, I believe, a unique moment in Queen Mary [University of London] history, the first time that two Fellowships have been awarded simultaneously, but it’s entirely fitting that we make such an exception for two exceptional people”.

Assan said, “It’s truly an honour to receive this Fellowship as recognition of the work we do. I hope it encourages young people to invest in their community and aspire to study at the University”

Nurull and Assan may be co-Directors but both also act as volunteers, balancing MCP with their work and family commitments, and have both received individual awards in recognition of their tireless commitment to young people. received the prestigious Fellowships from The School of Languages, Linguistics and Film at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

They both run the Mile End Community Project (MCP), a multi-award winning film and media organization with a commitment to develop the life and career skills of young people. Their work with MCP engages young people through creative learning opportunities, such as peer-led film making, art, and media projects.

Nurull and Assan also work directly with QMUL to support teaching and research, giving guest lectures in Youth and Community engagement, and contributing to action research projects as research partners and advisory board members. They also add a valued relationship with Schools such as Drama, and the Centre for Public Engagement.

Professor Peter McOwan, Vice Principal and Executive Dean said, “This is, I believe, a unique moment in Queen Mary [University of London] history, the first time that two Fellowships have been awarded simultaneously, but it’s entirely fitting that we make such an exception for two exceptional people”.

Assan said, “It’s truly an honour to receive this Fellowship as recognition of the work we do. I hope it encourages young people to invest in their community and aspire to study at the University”

Nurull and Assan may be co-Directors but both also act as volunteers, balancing MCP with their work and family commitments, and have both received individual awards in recognition of their tireless commitment to young people.

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