The Fellowship Scheme is an opportunity for individuals who are enthusiastic about progressing their careers in academia and research. As part of the Council’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, this scheme hopes to encourage career progression for academics that are currently underrepresented within our membership.
We have been overwhelmed with the number and quality of applicants to the Council’s first Fellowship Scheme cohort. Through a very rigorous selection process, we have now confirmed our 2022 Fellows.
The Fellows represent a range of academic and research experience from across the UK, as well as a variety of professions including nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy, operating department practice, physiotherapy, podiatry and radiography.
Find out more about each of our Fellows below, including why each of them applied to the Scheme and what they hope to gain from it.
Aneesa Admani, London South Bank University
Why did you apply to the Fellowship Scheme? I applied to the Fellowship Scheme as it is (i) a unique opportunity to learn from individuals at Dean level and to develop skills to have a stronger vision for my institution, (ii) to get a deeper understanding of the Deans role and what this entails, and (iii) an opportunity to represent diversity and inclusion on the scheme. All three of these are important to me from both a career trajectory perspective and also from a representation for future generation’s perspective.
What are you most looking forward to in the Scheme? The opportunity to be mentored and network with deans and other scheme participants will provide a starting point on assessing whether a future role as a dean aligns with my career trajectory. Additionally, having access to resources and policy advisor group activities allow me to cultivate a skill set that only an opportunity like the Fellowship Scheme could provide. Finally, the ability to meet like-minded who may be on a similar journey to myself and to discuss their challenges and successes.
Audley Graham, London South Bank University
Why did you apply to the Fellowship Scheme? I have applied for the Fellowship Scheme as it’s an opportunity for me to participate in training and development activities including leadership and strategic thinking that are essential in my career aspirations. I am confident that this scheme has the potential to provide a gateway for further development of my career and will also equip me with an array of skills enabling me to make greater contributions by seeking new career challenges and opportunities within healthcare academia. For me the Fellowship Scheme is also a great opportunity to work with likeminded individuals on issues of mutual interest.
What are you most looking forward to in the Scheme? I am particularly looking forward to the opportunity to be mentored by an experienced individual and learn from their expertise. I also anticipate participation in targeted development and learning activities that are aligned with my own career aspirations and goals. Likewise, as a minoritised ethnic individual, I look forward to working with a variety of individuals from diverse backgrounds to share in their knowledge and learn from their transferrable skills as well as promote greater inclusion through the deployment of networks.
Dezita Taylor-Robinson, Birmingham City University
Why did you apply to the Fellowship Scheme? I applied for the Council’s Fellowship Scheme as I truly believe that it is hard to be what you cannot see. I want to continue to develop and utilise my knowledge, experience, and positions to increase positive actions that impact diversity and inclusion within healthcare academia. The Fellowship Scheme would also help me to raise awareness of the variety of roles and opportunities within the higher education sector and why it is integral that we provide fair and equitable opportunities for development from clinical practice through to higher education institutions.
What are you most looking forward to in the Scheme? I am looking forward to one to one mentorship wit an experienced Council member, as well as attending the Council’s events. Being able to engage with resources such as the training series around leadership, strategic thinking and strengthening influence will support me to deliver the innovative thinking, responsiveness, and leadership requirements to ensure departmental and faculty growth, effective long-term partnership working and continual monitoring and action planning when developing the future clinical and academic healthcare workforce.
Diana De, Cardiff University
Why did you apply to the Fellowship Scheme? I applied to the Scheme as I have always had a keen interest in promoting cultural safety and diverse leadership. Under the guidance of the Council of Deans of Health, I hope to be able to advance my ongoing work in these areas and create more impact to the race and equality agenda at a more strategic level.
What are you most looking forward to in the Scheme? I’m immensely looking forward to meeting and hearing more from all those who have also been accepted on the Scheme and those involved in the development and delivery of it. I’m excited by the potential networking and collaborative opportunities that I could become involved in on a national and perhaps even wider scale.
Ifrah Salih, Sheffield Hallam University
Why did you apply to the Fellowship Scheme? I am passionate about equality, diversity and inclusion within healthcare and education. My career aspirations are to reduce the degree awarding gap within Sheffield Hallam University in my current role and beyond but more importantly to ensure our minoritised students belong. Through the fellowship, I aim to develop the skills to navigate through the institution to become a senior leader in the future and becoming a role model for other staff and to drive the EDI work further across the institution, in particular race equity and anti-racism practice. The student experience is extremely important and this will remain my lifelong focus.
What are you most looking forward to in the Scheme? I am looking forward to meeting and networking with other professional staff nationally, where we can share good practice and support each other with our career aspirations. I am hoping to use the knowledge and skills I develop with the aim of sharing good practice nationally across the education and healthcare sectors and to support others. The Fellowship Scheme will develop my leadership and influencing skills to shift the culture of our institution in relation to EDI in particular race equity to empower our students and their voice.
Jou Yin Teoh, Brunel University
Current role: Lecturer in Occupational Therapy
Why did you apply to the Fellowship Scheme? The Council’s transparency about its values as well as its efforts to encourage equitable applications to the Fellowship Scheme have been significant motivators towards my application. As a person experiencing multiple systemic disadvantages, I have learnt that influencing institutional change requires strategic and intentional effort to minimise harm to my person alongside maximising the impact of my work. As such, I believe the training and networking offered through this Scheme this will go a long way in enabling me to strengthen the necessary competencies needed to accomplish my goals.
What are you most looking forward to in the Scheme? I am most looking forward to connecting with fellow academic comrades in the healthcare professions across the UK with shared aspirations and values. Through exchanging ideas, absorbing inspiration, as well as exploring new and innovative ways to facilitate change through engaging with the Scheme, I hope to open doors to further interprofessional collaboration. Together, we can build back better to foster a just and inclusive culture across the health and care professions, both in solidarity among ourselves and with the communities we serve.
Miranda Leach, City, University of London
Why did you apply to the Fellowship Scheme? My motivations for applying to the Council of Deans of Health Fellowship Scheme are firstly that it would evidence and role model to colleagues that the narrative around the BAME population having less representation at senior levels is changing. Secondly, I feel that in order to achieve some of my objectives in equality and diversity I could benefit from a few things that the fellowship would offer such as, leadership development, strategic thinking and strengthening influencing power.
What are you most looking forward to in the Scheme? My career ambitions are to start a PhD and gain a more senior role in my institution so that the representation of the BAME community is not lacking at senior levels in the HEA arena. My commitment to anti-racism is to offer support and advice where issues do arise and signpost to where relevant help can be sought but also offer training where needed to ensure that no individual feels unjustly treated based purely on being different from others. I am most looking forward to being equipped to this and developing a strong network with leaders who can mentor me to help make a change.
Neesha Oozageer Gunowa, University of Surrey
Why did you apply to the Fellowship Scheme? Through the completion of this reputable Fellowship, I would gain invaluable opportunities, including learning techniques to truly influence and lead nurse education using the most effective leadership style. I expect the Fellowship Scheme to assist and guide me with the skills required to develop my academic career, to move from a Teaching Fellow to more senior management by working collaboratively to deconstruct inherent processes and promote inclusive thinking.
What are you most looking forward to in the Scheme? By accessing and building networking opportunities and mentoring I would develop my personal presence, confidence, strategic thinking skills, strengthen my influencing power and challenge the imposter syndrome feeling which is crucial to delivering effective and efficient nurse education.
Rayna Rogowsky, University of Dundee
Why did you apply to the Fellowship Scheme? I was drawn to the Fellowship Scheme because of my aligned values with the Council and its motivations to establish the Scheme. As a Lecturer in Health Sciences, I would like to develop effective leadership skills for influencing how equality, diversity, and inclusion considerations are embedded in health sciences education. I have established myself as integral to my School’s activities in this broad area, and I believe the Scheme can offer me tools to maximise impact.
What are you most looking forward to in the Scheme? I am most looking forward to connecting with academic and student leaders in healthcare higher education across the UK. Deepening my understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing the sector and learning about innovative practices will support my ability to positively impact my School and future healthcare professionals.
Swati Kale, University of East Anglia
Current role: Lecturer in Physiotherapy
Why did you apply to the Fellowship Scheme? The Fellowship Scheme will allow me to broaden my horizons and help me understand factors that drive policy impacting healthcare education including in allied health. Working in physiotherapy education in India and for the past 20 years in the UK has helped broaden my teaching and learning skills further. There is a need to constantly evaluate learning and teaching practices and learn best practice from each other. The Fellowship Scheme will help me with collaborations to undertake such evaluations and generate the evidence base for the therapy professions.
What are you most looking forward to in the Scheme? The mentorship opportunities that the fellowship offers will be a great way of building a new perspective on problem solving. I look forward to the training sessions that will foster the skills of leadership development. This will also be an excellent opportunity to connect with other Fellows, share experiences, exchange ideas and develop wider professional networks.
Thanaporn (Dao) Tunprasert, University of Brighton
Why did you apply to the Fellowship Scheme? There are a lot of rapid changes and uncertainty in the current situation that we are in. I would like to ensure that I am a great leader who is capable of leading the team to success and creating a sustainable future for the team. The Fellowship Scheme will also help to support my future career goals.
What are you most looking forward to in the Scheme? I am looking forward to learning more about leadership and have support from a mentor who is an experienced leader. I am excited for an opportunity to network with other Fellows from various disciplines across the country as well.