Posted on Friday, 12 February 2016 at 5pm
by Lindsey Fraser. See more of my posts here.
Farkhanda Amin, a former student on our part-time Certificate of Higher Education in Arabic, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies and now a full-time undergraduate in the Department of Arabic, Islamic and Middle Studies, was one of two students recently selected by the University to present their research proposals at the Houses of Parliament.
Farkhanda was taking part in the ‘Posters in Parliament’ initiative where chosen students have the opportunity to discuss their work with legislators and policy makers. The focus of Farkhanda’s research is exploring how Islamic approaches could be utilised to enhance the treatment of mental health issues experienced by Muslim women.
Judging by the number of people who came to discuss Farkhanda’s poster with her, this topic is clearly of great interest. Philip Davies, Farkhanda’s own MP for Shipley was clearly very impressed with her work, as was Leeds North West MP Greg Mulholland. They both requested that Farkhanda’s findings be sent to them when her research is completed.
Farkhanda had this to say about her first trip to London:
It’s hard to describe what it was like arriving at Parliament. It was completely different to anything I’ve experienced before.
Politicians are more accessible than I realised. The MPs were very interested in and supportive of my research – I wasn’t made to feel uncomfortable or uneasy at all.
Philip Davies was particularly encouraging and offered to put me in touch with a minister in the Department of Health. It was very motivating and a real confidence boost to know my MP appreciates what I’m doing.
Farkhanda will be a participant at the British Conference of Undergraduate Research at Manchester Metropolitan University next month. She is making good progress with her research and has acquired support from the NHS in Bradford.
Everyone at the LLC sends her many congratulations for her notable achievement and wishes her all the very best with her research.