Salford academic named in list of top 10 most influential Muslims

Categories: School of Health and Society

Criminology lecturer Dr Fahid Qurashi has been named as one of the most influential Muslims in the UK.

The inaugural list, complied by EqualityX, profiles 100 influential Muslims across 10 different industries. Fahid was among the 10 people chosen from the education sector.

Fahid was put forward in recognition of his work on equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI). He is currently leading a Salford Community for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (SCELT) funded project on the BAME Award Gap in his role as EDI Champion for Sociology and Criminology in the School of Health and Society. This is in collaboration with the two other EDI Champions in Social Policy (Nina Held and Caroline Jones).

Fahid joined the University of Salford in 2021 and has led and taught on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes across Sociology, Criminology, Religious Studies, and Terrorism Studies. 

He acquired Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) in 2016 and membership of the Teaching and Learning Academy in 2017. He conducts research in the areas of Political Islam, Islamophobia, Race and Racism, Counterterrorism, Radicalisation, Surveillance, Crime, and Decolonisation. He sits on the editorial board for the International Journal of Criminology and Sociology and is a Research Director at the Ayaan Institute thinktank.

On being voted in the top 10 for education, Fahid said: “It is wonderful to be named on this list and I’m so honoured to have been put forward. I have found Salford to be a welcoming and supportive institution with a diverse student body. We are facing many EDI challenges and we know there is much more work to do, but it’s great to have recognition of the good work we are doing as EDI champions in the School of Health and Society.”

Dr Fahid Qurashi

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