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BIO

Alice Mpofu-Coles is a researcher, an elected Local Councillor for Whitely Ward, Reading and an advocate for social justice.

Alice researches young immigrants in the UK and also community-based research projects. Alice received an excellence award prize in recognition of your outstanding contribution to Race Equality, University of Sanctuary, and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion within the University of Reading, including high profile keynote presentations, and to several Participatory Action Research projects with the Whitley Researchers, and VSO organisations which have produced a significant impact.

Alice was nominated as the most inspirational refugee woman for the Driver and given an award in 2020 and has received numerous awards internationally. She also nominated the Reading Refugee Support Group for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, and this was awarded in 2019, receiving it from the Queen’s representative, Sheriff of Berkshire. She was given an Honorary Masters of Universities by the Open University in 2014 at Poole's ceremony for her services to refugees, communities, education, and civil services. 

Alice has worked as a diplomat in Belgrade, Serbia and Maputo, Mozambique. She was also in the training industry, providing a platform for women in frontline offices to communicate in a diverse world. She has worked in a sandwich factory, army barracks as a cleaner, a carer and became a qualified social worker before moving to a PhD in Human Geography.

Alice is currently a trustee of Reading City of Sanctuary and the Alliance for Cohesion and Racial Equality (ACRE). She is also a Circle of Wisdom with Female Wave of Change, an international organisation. She is also an Ambassador for the City of Sanctuary and sits on the Advisory operation committee and different strategy pillars. Some of her voluntary work is with the Universities of Sanctuary, assessing Universities and Colleges for the award and Councils of Sanctuary. She is a member of different societies and groups and is a former chair and vice-chair of Reading Refugee Support Group. 

Alice had breast cancer (the subject of her book ‘Dear God from Your Poached Egg Breast). A mum to two adult daughters, she lives with her husband and dog. She likes to meditate, navigate her Christianity journey, walk, listen to music, read books, write, and cook – her family says, ‘the best cook’.