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Amani receives Masters degree award at home

Brain tumour campaigner and fundraiser, Amani Liaquat, has been awarded with a Masters degree.

On Tuesday (15th February), staff from the University of Bedfordshire visited the 23-year-old at home, to award her with a Master of Science (MSc) in Applied Social Welfare, with Distinction.

Amani graduated with a first-class Law degree in June 2019 and began her Masters in October that year. But in April 2020, on her 22nd birthday, Amani suffered her first ever seizure. The following month she was diagnosed with an inoperable grade 4 glioblastoma multiforme (GBM).

Since receiving her devastating diagnosis, Amani and her family have worked with Brain Tumour Research to help to raise awareness and support the charity’s campaigning work, as well as undertaking fundraising activities.

It was in recognition of Amani's campaigning work and the coursework she completed prior to her illness that her university decided to award her with the Masters degree. Louise Grant, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences and Dr Lana Burroughs, Acting Head of School of Society, Community & Health, visited Amani at home, to honour her with the degree at her bedside, in a ‘personal and touching’ ceremony, attended by Amani’s closest family members.

In a post on Twitter, Amani wrote: “The last few weeks have been horrendous! I felt I would never achieve anything again and was deflated. Then I got the incredible news that the @uniofbedsnews was going to award me an MSc in Applied Social Welfare with Distinction.”

You can watch a video of Amani receiving her award here.

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