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22 November 2023

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Jesus College and the Aziz Foundation, one of the largest postgraduate funding bodies in the UK, have announced that the Foundation is to offer scholarships at the College as part of its flagship Masters Scholarship Programme.

Jesus is the first Oxford college to participate in the programme. With a shared ambition to foster diversity, inclusivity, and equal opportunities within higher education, the partnership between Jesus College and the Aziz Foundation aims to remove barriers, and support more British Muslim students to reach their full potential.

The Foundation impressed with Jesus College's successful access programme to encourage and support more young people from British Pakistani and Bangladeshi backgrounds to apply to Oxford, and other leading universities.

Dr Matthew Williams, Access Fellow at Jesus College, says:

“We are delighted to be working with the Aziz Foundation to support British Muslim students wishing to pursue a postgraduate course here at Oxford, and at Jesus College. Providing access support to postgraduate students is a growing priority for the College, and part of our wider vision to inspire, encourage and support anyone with academic ability and potential to consider studying at Oxford or other leading universities in the UK and abroad."

Ibrahim Mohammed, an Oxford alumnus and Aziz Foundation Ambassador, expressed his immense pride in the collaboration:

“In 2021, as an Aziz Foundation Scholar, I worked with Jesus College to launch one of the largest access programmes targeted at British Pakistanis and British Bangladeshi undergraduates, and have since been actively involved in promoting inclusivity and access to Oxbridge. Two years later, I am impressed with Jesus College’s progress, and their dedication to supporting academically-gifted students from underrepresented groups and communities, including British Muslims.”

Furthermore, having been both an Aziz Foundation scholar and intern, I have witnessed the remarkable generosity and sustainable impact of the Aziz Foundation. Given this context, the collaboration feels natural.”

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