A Goldsmiths professor has won a diversity award for her research into race, gender and identity.

Heidi Mirza won the 2014 Media Diversified Eight Women award on Monday which celebrates the achievements of women of colour across the UK.

Heidi is recognised as one of the first black female professors in the UK and received the award for her pioneering research on race, gender and identity in education.

Launched in 2013, the Eight Women awards recognise black and Asian British women who have made significant contributions in their field.

Professor Mirza said: “It is an auspicious year to win the award as it is 30 years since black British feminism came to the fore and was named in British academia. As one of the few black women professors in UK, I am proud to be part of a scholarly movement that has changed the way we teach and write about race and gender in the social sciences."