Bedford School's entrepreneur-in-residence wins prestigious Diana Award

Zubair Junjunia, entrepreneur in residence at Bedford School, has been recognised with The Diana Award, the highest accolade a young person can achieve for social action or humanitarian efforts. He was honoured for his revision platform, ZNotes.

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Zubair Junjunia, Entrepreneur in Residence at Bedford School
Zubair Junjunia, Entrepreneur in Residence at Bedford School

29th June 2021 — Bedford School's entrepreneur in residence, Zubair Junjunia, has been recognised with The Diana Award, the highest accolade a young person can achieve for social action or humanitarian efforts.

Tessy Ojo, Chief Executive of The Diana Award, said: "We congratulate all our new Diana Award recipients from the UK and all over the globe who are changemakers for their generation.

"We know by receiving this honour they will inspire more young people to get involved in their communities and begin their own journey as active citizens.

"For more than 20 years, The Diana Award has valued and invested in young people encouraging them to continue to make positive change in their communities and lives of others."

Zubair’s role at Bedford is part of the school’s strategic focus on ensuring that all boys are equipped with the skills they need to succeed in the working world.

Entrepreneurial thinking is a key area, alongside digital technology and community partnerships, where emphasis is placed on developing boys to meet the demands of a technological world, but also, importantly, a world where it has never been more important to accentuate the wonders of being human.

His work to date has included an Entrepreneurial Day, which involved a series of tasks and presentations where boys worked towards a UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target and a Prep School workshop on the art of storytelling.

Importantly, his role at Bedford School extends beyond the traditional definition of entrepreneurship – it’s not simply about making money or starting a business.

Boys learn how to generate and develop ideas, often working towards a social goal, aiming to make a positive change in society as a whole.

Zubair was honoured with The Diana Award for going ‘above and beyond to tackle inequalities in education’, with his revolutionary revision platform, ZNotes.

Founded in 2014, he created ZNotes as a way to share revision notes after recognising that there was a disparity in the access students from around the world had to resources, advice and support when studying for their exams.

ZNotes’ mission is to end educational inequality by providing free access to the highest quality education and empowering young people in becoming global changemakers.

Zubair is a UCL graduate in Maths, an ambassador for One Young World and STEM UK and the host of The Tomato Timer podcast.

James Hodgson, Head Master at Bedford School, said he was delighted to have welcomed Zubair to the school: "Zubair is an incredibly talented individual and is a great addition to the Bedford School team.

"He has already made a huge impact on the boys and we look forward to seeing him continue to share his entrepreneurial expertise and inspire them in their future careers."

He added that the school was both delighted and extremely proud to learn of Zubair’s award and looked forward to benefitting further from his outstanding skills and impact in the months to come.

Bedford School (Boys 7-18) is a day and boarding school in Bedfordshire.

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