Innovation & Enterprise


UCL alumnus receives Diana Legacy award for tackling inequalities in education

10 December 2021

UCL Mathematics alumnus, Zubair Junjunia, has received the prestigious humanitarian award for his revolutionary revision platform, ZNotes.

Zubair Junjunia meeting Prince William

Zubair is one of just 20 young people globally to have received a Diana Legacy Award in recognition of his social and humanitarian efforts. The award was introduced by The Diana Award charity in 2017 to celebrate the life of Diana, Princess of Wales, on the 20th anniversary of her death.

ZNotes aims to level the playing field for students all over the world, with access to free revision notes and online content.

Commenting on the award, Zubair said: “It’s both an incredible honour and opportunity to be one of the young people selected to continue Princess Diana’s legacy to create lasting social change. This award gives us an important platform that will help to amplify the reach of ZNotes even further and get our message out there with governments.”

The startup is currently in residence at BaseKX, UCL’s dedicated entrepreneurship hub in King’s Cross, run by UCL Innovation & Enterprise. Here Zubair has access to free, tailored support and dedicated office space. He’s also had help in obtaining an Innovator Visa so he can continue growing his company in the UK. 

Zubair was invited to Kensington Palace on 1 December with the other UK winners to meet with Prince William. The event was then aired on BBC’s The One Show. He received his award on 9 December at Althorp House, Princess Diana’s childhood home.

The award winners will also benefit from workshops and mentoring with inspiring changemakers, organised by the charity, to upscale their impact even further.

Read the full story on the UCL News website.


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