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 6,000 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.
In 2005 her work with international student volunteers earned UCLan a place in the Times Higher Education Supplement (THES) Award Finals for Best International Student Experience.
Riz’s research interest is in community mentoring and she is currently taking a role in the development of the International Mentoring Association (IMA). She presented a paper on peer mentoring and leadership at the 2010 conference held at the University of Michigan, Orlando, USA and is working with the IMA to bring a future conference to UCLan. Outcomes from the conference included the publication of an IMA book with chapters contributed from international partners including UCLan.
Riz also takes a core role in developing projects for young Asian women across Lancashire and is also developing work on bullying. Her module ‘Bullying Interventions’ has proved popular.
Riz is bi-lingual speaking Gujrati and Urdu and is key to engaging the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities in Lancashire with our teaching and learning programmes.
Riz has also worked with UCLan Sport and Lancashire Sport around Olympic volunteering.