Heidi Safia Mirza
Professor of Equalities Studies in Education
As director of the Centre for Equalities and Human Rights in Education, Heidi tackles worldwide educational inequality head-on. Through research and debate in race, gender, sexuality, disability and social class, she and her colleagues influence policy, attract research funding and contribute to local and global educational empowerment.
“Every day is different! I may be asked to advise a government committee on educational underachievement, talk to groups of teachers about social inclusion, or teach about combating human rights violations. I get to travel all over the world, and meet inspiring people, whose hope keeps me going when issues of inequality seem intractable.
“When I arrive in the morning there’s an intellectual buzz in the air. It’s a vibrant place for creative ideas and a great place to be in the centre of London!”
Jagdish Raval began his career at the Institute in 1997 as an Accounts Assistant following a 20 year career as the Payroll Officer on Network Southeast railways. Jagdish became our Payroll Officer 10 years ago and is responsible for payments to over 1200 staff each month.
"In my job I have made quite a few friends within the Institute staff. Payroll is varied and interesting, high pressure and high risk, so you have to be on your toes to make sure that everybody gets paid correctly and on time. The Institute is a great place to work because there is diversity and opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds."
Geography Tutor and Researcher
Geography tutor and researcher David Mitchell teaches school groups in the Earth Science Centre, a hands-on centre in which young people and beginning teachers have climate change brought home to them by manipulating real-life models of coastlines, rainfall, waves and rivers.
“I am deeply interested in the teaching and learning of geography and I enjoy the overview of school geography, which my role allows. It’s a privilege to experience a wide range of schools, teaching and lessons and to be involved with a team and institution of top calibre. I also value the range of opportunities here, and the chance to steer my own career development.”
Senior Course Administrator
As a course administrator, Beatrice gets to know a lot of people. She helps enquirers, applicants, students and staff on any matters related to the master’s degree courses she looks after.
“I enjoy meeting new students from various international backgrounds and seeing them graduate from the course. The Institute is a friendly place, with many opportunities to take up professional and personal development opportunities both here and at other University of London colleges.