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Ridwanah Gurjee

Ridwanah Gurjee

Senior Lecturer/Volunteer Development Co-ordinator

School of Social Work, Care and Community

Livesey House, LH213

+44 (0) 1772 89 3669

RGurjee@uclan.ac.uk

Since 2001, Ridwanah Gurjee – known as Riz – has taken responsibility for co-ordinating the volunteering programme for the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and has taken a core role in developing the innovative degree programmes at Foundation, BA and MA level. Riz has supported over 13,000 student and community volunteers. She has also supported the development of successful bids totalling £3million. Riz is highly experienced in volunteer management and support and in delivering community based learning.

Full Profile

Riz’s community based experience in the field of Community Leadership, in particular, her key role in the development and training of various mentoring initiatives has led to the planning and delivery of several conference research papers, one which has been published in the International Journal of Social Work and Human Services. Riz is also part of the Board of Directors for the International Mentoring Association based in USA with the University of New Mexico.

Riz is very effective in academic leadership and curriculum development and enhancement. She is Module Leader and Course Leader for a series of part-time, full-time and blended learning teaching programmes, providing people in the community and students from all over the university with specialist experience and training from Volunteering and Community Action, Mentoring in the Community, Practice-Based Research and supporting students in leading independent community research projects. Riz also leads the UCLan quality assurance processes and procedures for all Community Leadership programmes and CPD qualifications with the Institute of Leadership and Management.

Presently, as a Doctoral Candidate Riz has had the opportunity to write many papers with the aim of publication in peer review journals, including The Magic of Mentoring; Data analysis: The Process of Word Searches and Jigsaw Puzzles; The Usefulness of Thematic Analysis’ and more recently ‘Powerful Pilot Interviews.’

Qualifications

MA in Education for Professional Practice in Higher Education, University of Central Lancashire, 2012
PG Cert in in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, University of Central Lancashire, 2007
BSc (Hons) Applied Psychology, University of Central Lancashire, 2001

Membership of Professional and Learned Bodies

Lancashire Education Authority Governing Body for Deepdale Community Primary School and Preston Muslim Girls High School
Board of Directors for the International Mentoring Association, USA
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Research Activities

Riz’s research interest is in community mentoring and she is currently taking a lead role in the development of the International Mentoring Association, USA.

Projects

The Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership
Higher Education Volunteering (HEV) Project

External Affiliations and Roles

Lancashire Education Authority Governing Body for Deepdale Community Primary School and Preston Muslim Girls High School
Board of Directors for the International Mentoring Association, USA
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Conferences

Gurjee, R (2014). An Exploration of Instrumental versus Expressive Mentoring: A Research Abstract. International Mentoring Association: New Mexico
Gurjee, R (2013). The ‘Magic’ of Mentoring. Paulo Freire and Transformative Education: Changing Lives and Transforming Communities. University of Central Lancashire, England.
Gurjee, R (2012). Researching the Impact of Mentoring. International Mentoring Association: New Mexico, USA.
Gurjee, R and Ali, Y (2010). Peer Mentoring and Leadership. International Mentoring Association: New Mexico, USA.

Gurjee, R (2013). The ‘Magic’ of Mentoring. Paulo Freire and Transformative Education: Changing Lives and Transforming Communities. University of Central Lancashire, England.

Gurjee, R and Ali, Y (2010). Peer Mentoring and Leadership. International Mentoring Association: New Mexico, USA.

Melling, A and Gurjee, R (2013). Researching the Impact of Student Mentoring in the Community. International Journal of Social Work and Human Services Practice. Horizon Research Publishing, Vol 1, No 1, Pages 1-8 at URL http://www.hrpub.org/download/201309/ijrh.2013.010101.pdf

Satchwell, C. Barnes, L. Dodding, J. D. Drury, K. Gurjee, R. Partington, H. and Ramsdale, S. L. (Submitted March 2015). ‘Our breadcrumb trail through the woods’: reflections on the use of a secret Facebook group as a strategy for surviving and thriving on the doctoral journey. International Journal of Doctoral Studies.

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