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South Asian Heritage Month

About the month

South Asian Heritage Month is in its third year and celebrates and explores the diverse culture and histories of South Asia and how it links with the UK today. The 2022 theme is year is 'Journeys of Empire' which marks two major anniversaries this year:

  • 75th anniversary of the independence of India, Partition, and the creation of Pakistan (later known as East and West Pakistan)

  • 50th anniversary of the expulsion of Ugandan Asians by Idi Amin

At the University we celebrate and embrace our diverse community and culture, we want to share and celebrate this with you.

Read more about South Asian Heritage Month.

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For SAHM 2022 #JourneysOfEmpire

The Eatery - at the University

Our staff and student restaurant will be showcasing different dishes during the week of 18th July, come and have a taste!

Podcast: South Asians in Bradford: Generation, evolution and identity.

Students from the Graduate Workforce Bradford (GWB) have recorded this podcast which cover various topics relating to the South Asian experience in Bradford. Topics and themes include migration, belonging, education, enterpreneurship, politics and sport.

Ugandan Asians Expulsion: 50th Anniversay Event - 5th September 2022

Further details of this event will be on the Events page shortly.

University Library

The library have put together a short list of resources to support South Asian Heritage Month. 

If you have any further texts to suggest to add to the list please let me know. We also welcome suggestions for new items to add to stock in this area via our Broaden Bradford’s Books scheme, info and online suggestion form.



‘What I like about being South Asian is the variety of food and the spice. And I love our traditional attire especially for weddings! Being Kashmiri, Kashmiri tea is big hit!’ Maleeha Hussain, Minorities and Ethnicities Officer

University Campus Services

The University of Bradford, Campus Services are proud of our diverse and hard working South Asian colleagues. Our cleaning team is large, and all have outstanding values when it comes to their commitment to the University.  The mix of wonderful cultures within our team makes the team dynamic such a close and friendly team to work in, who all take great pleasure in sharing family experiences, food and religious celebrations.

Michelle Terry - Campus Cleaning Manager

University of Bradford cleaning team

University Campus Cleaning Team

Showcasing our South Asian University Community

David Roper-Newman

Information Governance

Aysha Ibrahim

Programme Administrator

Rifat Bashir

EDI Co-ordinator

Sabina Adam

Executive Assistant to Deputy VC

Soniya Zeb

Senior EDI Advisor

Lenka Kaur

Access & Participation Coordinator

Rajwinder Kaur

University Receptionist

Bharti Mistry

Governance & Legal Office Administrator

Humaira Khan

Lecturer in Clinical Sciences & AD EDI

Urfan Faqir

Project Leader - Graduate Workforce Bradford & Co-chair REC Forum

Dr Yunis Alam

Dr Yunis Alam - Head of Department, Sociology and Criminology

Usman Ahmed

Student Peer Support Adviser

‘What I like about South Asian heritage is the great diversity within the continent.’ Sajida Rahimi - Student

UBU South Asian Heritage Societies

The University Students Union celebrates its diversity with the dfferent societies and groups which are student-led. Here you can get a flavour of the South Asian Societies that are at Bradford.

Afghan Society

Indian Society

Kashmir Society

Pakistan Society

Bollywood Dance Society

Henna Society

Students' Union logo in red. Resized at 300px width.