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Meet the Director

Foundation for Citizenship

Meet the Foundation's Director, Zia Chaudhry

Zia ChaudhryZia leads the University’s social engagement activity, building on LJMU’s long history of community engagement and impact, and ensures strong and innovative partnerships with other community organisations. 

A criminal barrister and author, Zia was recognised with an Honorary Fellowship in 2017 for his outstanding contribution to community and interfaith relations. Aside from his legal practice, he has been involved in interfaith dialogue for nearly two decades. He was previously Chair of the Merseyside Council of Faiths and was a founding member of the North West Forum of Faiths. He is also involved in other interfaith groups and is regularly invited to comment on contemporary issues related to faith and citizenship on TV and radio and in the papers.

His book Just Your Average Muslim is a timely story of his personal journey growing up as a Muslim in the UK and is a call for mutual understanding rooted in the education and tolerance of 21st century Britain.

Zia was awarded an MBE for services to interfaith relations and on receiving the honour, he commented: “I've done nothing more than try to be a good Muslim, which as it happens is pretty much the same as being a good British citizen.”

“Since receiving my Honorary Fellowship, I have discovered just how wide-ranging LJMU’s activities are and have wanted to get more involved in its innovative work on citizenship. I am thrilled, therefore, to be joining the University and very much looking forward to adding my experience to the impressive social engagement work already taking place here.”