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Ahmad has called it a shock to be elected and said he felt emotional about the result; "I come from a background where so much has happened in the last six years of my life, points where I didn't think I would be at this university, but being elected president is a surreal experience which still hasn't sunk in. Your life will pick back up and if you are determined to make a difference then do something."
Ahmad is currently Treasurer of the Union and will take up his presidency at the start of Michaelmas Term 2022. He has said he wants to make the Union more inclusive and attractive to marginalised groups and those from disadvantaged and disabled backgrounds.