A leading academic at University of the West of Scotland (UWS) has been honoured as one of TES Scotland’s top 10 people of 2020.
The recognition for Khadija Mohammed was revealed in the education sector publication’s latest issue, which celebrates “the shining lights that have burned bright and long, representing the very best of an embattled Scottish education sector”.
Commenting on the news, Khadija, who is a senior lecturer in the School of Education and Social Sciences at UWS, said: “I’m delighted to receive this recognition. We have managed to work with key education stakeholders and hold some critical and often uncomfortable conversations about race and racism in our educational institutions.
“It’s now time for critical action and we need to work even more closely together in order to make our educational settings racially inclusive spaces.
Khadija Mohammed, Senior Lecturer in the School of Education and Social Sciences
The honour comes after Khadija was interviewed by TES in February for a podcast in which she discussed her experiences of racism in education, and highlighted her pioneering work to address the issues in the sector.
TES’s key audiences are primary and secondary school teachers across the UK and this week’s edition of the digital and print publication explores the issue of racism in education in Scotland and the work of prominent BAME teachers, including Khadija.
“Mohammed has said it is only through honest conversations about race that we come to understand and address the issues. Scottish education owes [Khadija] a debt of gratitude for opening up that dialogue.”