Ahmed Iqbal Ullah

Ahmed Iqbal Ullah was a Bangladeshi school boy who, at the age of 13, was stabbed to death by a fellow pupil in the playground of a high school in Manchester. Ahmed had a keen sense of justice and often stood up to bullies, defending younger Asian boys when they were attacked. His murder was retaliation for just such an action.

Manchester City Council commissioned an inquiry and the Macdonald Report, published in 1988, concluded that race had been a key factor in Ahmed's murder.

The Centre is named in Ahmed's memory. It is our hope that through education, information and learning this shocking level of misunderstanding about and between ethnic communities can be banished from our society.

At the Centre we have various resources related to the death of Ahmed Iqbal Ullah, including the final Macdonald Inquiry report Murder in the Playground, which you can find in our library, and the original papers of the Inquiry which are held in our archive (access restrictions apply to this collection, contact us for details).

The Legacy of Ahmed project

In 2016-17, marking 30 years since Ahmed's death, we undertook a HLF-supported project to commemorate Ahmed and to record and disseminate his legacy, including the family and community’s successful efforts to fundraise and build a school in Bangladesh in his name. Find out more about the project including photos, film, audio and digitised archive material on the Education Trust website.