Prof Nazira Karodia
The key focus of Nazira’s role is the development of a comprehensive Regional Engagement Strategy. This will clearly position the University of Wolverhampton in partnership with businesses, employers, schools, colleges, local authorities, local enterprise partnerships and Third Sector organisations.
Nazira is keen to enhance engagement with the skills and employability agenda. This involves growth in apprenticeship numbers, promotion of level 4 and 5 programmes, innovation, entrepreneurship, academic commercialisation, and leading on the Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF).
Nazira's interests include promotion of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) across the education spectrum, gender in science and educational research in all of these areas. Her undergraduate studies were at the University of Natal in South Africa. Nazira gained her PhD in Chemistry from the University of St Andrews, and her post-doctoral fellowship in the United States at the University of Florida. She has previously worked at the University of Bradford and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Nazira began her current role in February 2020. Prior to this she was Dean of the University’s Faculty of Science and Engineering. During her time as Dean of FSE, Nazira was instrumental in establishing The Big Read at the University of Wolverhampton. This popular initiative continues to provide common ground for new students through the shared experience of reading.