Silhouette Bushay is a Senior Lecturer in Education Studies at the University of East London and a Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA). She is currently developing and teaching modules across the Early Childhood and Education subject area, where she leads the Critical Pedagogies Module for level 6 Education Studies undergraduate students – pedagogies on the module includes Freirean, Critical Race, Black feminist and Hip Hop. She is currently, a member of the International Centre for Public Pedagogy (ICPuP), and a PhD candidate at UEL researching Hip Hop and Grime pedagogies and praxis of Black British young women and girls in non-formal education. Silhouette is a member of numerous institutional and school committees working towards equality, diversity and inclusion, including Athena SWAN and Race Equality Charter (REC) – she also chairs her school’s REC committee. She has been nominated for Student Union Student-led 2016 – 2017 Award for ‘Innovative Teaching and Learning’; UEL Vice Chancellor and President 2018 – 2019 Award for; ‘Inclusive Practice’; and the UEL Learning and Teaching Symposium 2018 – 2019 Award for ‘Most Inclusive Teaching Practices’. Silhouette tweets at @EdWithAPassion
Dr Kamna Patel
Dr Kamna Patel is a lecturer of Development Studies at University College London (UCL). Her teaching and research focuses on the process and politics of ‘othering’ prevalent in mainstream development practices. Her current research is examining racialized representations of ‘development’ in university marketing and the creation of student-saviours of poor black and brown bodies in the Global South. Kamna has published on the need to maintain vigilance through reflexivity on our pedagogical practices, with specific reference to international fieldtrips and their potential to reinforce problematic tropes of the ‘other’ [accessible here]. Kamna is also Faculty Vice-Dean of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at UCL. In this role, she takes a critical anti-racist feminist approach to augmenting change for greater equality in the university. She increasingly draws upon Critical Race Theory and Black feminisms to improve all areas of her work.
Dr Gurnam Singh
Dr Gurnam Singh described himself as an academic activist and much of his work is inspired by an absolute belief in the transformative potential of education. He is Associate Professor of Social Work and Post Graduate Research Degrees Lead for the faculty of Health and Life Sciences at Coventry University, where he has been since 1993. He is also Visiting Professor of Social Work at the University of Chester and Visiting Fellow in Race and Education at the University of Arts, London. Before entering academia, he worked as a professional Social Worker in Bradford from 1983 – 93. Dr Singh completed his PhD from the University of Warwick in 2004 and in 2009 he was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by the HEA for his work on Critical Pedagogy an Inclusion in Higher Education. More recently he became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA). His main area of research is anti-racist theory and practice and critical pedagogy as it relates both to social work and higher education. He is seen as one of the leading thinkers on the issue of ‘race’ and Higher Education and he has published over 50 peer review articles, book chapters and research reports and has presented over 200 conference papers across the world, many as invited keynote speaker. Later this year, with Shepard Masocha, he will be publishing his 4th book, Anti-Racist Social Work Practice: An International Perspective. Palgrave. Previously in 2013 he published, with Stephen Cowden Acts of Knowing: Critical Pedagogy in, against and beyond the University. Bloomsbury Publishing USA. Dr Singh also has an extensive media and public profile and regularly offers commentary on policy developments.
Kiran is a primary school practitioner with 10 years experience across Early Years, KS1 and 2. She also leads English at the Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust. She is passionate about the value of English and Reading and how they can empower learners. Kiran is part of WomenEd, a grassroots movement that promotes and advocates choice and flexibility in leadership for women in education. She is a book reviewer and teaching content contributor to Just Imagine. Kiran is passionate about many types of stories, especially those that centre on empathy, diversity, girls’ empowerment and refugees. She is also a keen advocate of the Teachers as Readers OU groups, developing engaged reading communities fostered through research and sharing good practice. You can find examples of Kiran’s work here: https://researchrichpedagogies.org/_downloads/_eop/KSunray3_TaRs_pptx_edited.pdf
Riyaz Laher is Executive Head Teacher of Madani Schools. He has broad experience in senior leadership and school improvement. Under his leadership, schools within the Trust are on on an upward trend of performance, delivering high quality education and care that enables ALL learners regardless of background to achieve their personal excellence, equipped with the skills, identity, character and leadership to contribute to the local community, British society and the world wholeheartedly. The schools have secured excellent examination results for learners especially the disadvantaged, placing Madani schools amongst the highest performing secondary schools in the East Midlands. The Madani Girls’ School in particular is currently the highest performing secondary in the city, county and region and 35th in the country.
I have been teaching in the statutory and non statutory education sector for nearly thirty years ,working at all levels from Classroom teacher to Deputy Headteacher in Secondary and Primary phases. I am an active trade unionist and one of the founder members of Leicester Black Teachers Network. I was voted East Midlands NEU Officer of the Year for 2018- 2019. I still believe that a good education should be available to all children and that our Schools should truly reflect the communities they serve. I have five grown up children and one grandson.