A single mother from Tottenham with an interest in human rights law has graduated with a masters degree from Middlesex University, and hopes to use it to help others who are in disadvantaged and vulnerable positions.
Ambia Ali, originally from Sylhet in Bangladesh, had to juggle looking after her daughter, now seven, as a divorced single mother with studying for an LLM in minorities, rights and the law.
Before the LLM course Ambia studied for an HND in business management at Waltham Forest College before a year long top-up course at Middlesex University to complete a BA Business Management. This allowed her to continue to a passion - minority human rights.
Before settling on minority rights law, Ambia had dreamed of being a business analyst and despite having a job in the city decided it wasn't for her. More recently she has been working as a paralegal in a commercial law firm part time to gain insight into the field of solicitors whilst doing voluntary work for charity organisations offering free legal services to those unable to afford legal fees.
Ambia Ali (25) said: "It's a great feeling to graduate - I hope this can show other people that there are opportunities out there irrespective of where you are from. Middlesex has enabled me to realise my ambitions and with the help and support from the University faculty members, I was able to reach my potential. That was motivation enough for me to carry onwards and upwards."
"Where I come from and in many other parts of the world it's a cruel reality that human rights are a luxury and crime usually hides behind the protection of corrupt culture and religious excuses. This is usually a result of the lack of educational services made available about the law, basic human rights and legal acts that are in place to either protect or prosecute. What I'm doing in studying minorities law is about recognising the rights of vulnerable minorities including women and children in order to be able to help those in need, accordingly.
Ambia now plans to spend time with her seven year old daughter whilst saving for law school.