As Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Zainab leads Teaching & Learning at the University. In addition to ensuring that our students develop highly desirable graduate attributes - the philosophy driving our Teaching & Learning strategy is inclusivity and delivering fair outcomes.
Zainab oversees the Centre for Professional and Educational Development as well as Academic Portfolio. She is also the Director of the Centre for Equity and Inclusion which was formally launched in November 2020. The Centre is pioneering a new approach to driving EDI in institutional practices and culture. As Director, she oversees the Access & Participation Plan and the creation of an inclusive and equitable culture for everyone at London Met.
Prior to joining London Met in September 2019, Zainab was a Faculty Director at the University of the West of England, Bristol supporting three large departments to achieve outstanding TEF and academic results. She has held a number of strategic and operational management roles and has extensive experience of supporting overseas partnerships and recruitment.
She is a multi-award-winning advocate for inclusion and race equity in education. Her work has received national recognition at the prestigious Guardian University Awards in 2019, Inclusive Companies Awards 2018 and she was highly commended at the Asian Women of Achievement Awards 2020. Her particular area of expertise is the design and implementation of transformational change programmes which address the experience of Black and minoritised individuals in Higher Education and the labour market.
Prior to her academic career Zainab trained as a barrister and holds a PhD in law. Her doctorate examines the exclusionary dimensions to public participation in environmental decision-making, exploring the experiences of marginalised groups, the relationship between State and citizen as well as impact of the Anthropocene on non-human interests.
Zainab says "I am so lucky to work with staff across the University who are committed to addressing issues of discrimination, under representation and inequity within Higher Education- and to ensure that our graduates become inclusive leaders of the future. There is great potential for us to unlock our collective capacity for social justice and be a leading force for change in the Sector."
Zainab is a Trustee of the Lord Mayor’s Appeal, member of the governing body for University College Birmingham and Non-Executive for OSTC Ltd’s Remuneration Committee. She is also a committee member of the Law Society’s Ethnic Minority Lawyers’ Division.