Ridwanah Gurjee-known as Riz- is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). Since 2001, Riz has taken a core role in developing the Community Leadership programmes at Foundation, BA and Masters Level. Riz is highly experienced in volunteer management and delivering community based learning. Riz also leads the Higher Education Volunteering Project within the Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership (CVCL). Riz is a Module Leader for Mentoring in the Community, Community Project Development, Community and Practice Based-Research and Community Research Project.
She has supported over 17,000 students and community volunteers as well as the development of successful bids totalling £3million. Riz has also worked with UCLan Sport and Lancashire Sport around Olympic volunteering.
She 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. These programmes provide people in the community and students with specialist experience and training on a range of topics. These topics range 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.
Riz’s key role in the development and training of various mentoring initiatives has led to the delivery of several conference research papers. One of these has been published in the International Journal of Social Work and Human Services. She presented a paper on peer mentoring and leadership at the 2010 conference held at the University of Michigan, Orlando, USA. She is working with the International Mentoring Association (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’s research in community mentoring, peer leadership and community development stems from her purpose and values to make a difference in the lives of others. Riz has developed mentoring projects locally throughout Lancashire and internationally, with UCLan Students and young people from the Agadir Orphanage Centre in Morocco.
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. She is key to engaging the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities in Lancashire with our teaching and learning programmes.
Her work with international student volunteers has been recognised. In 2005 UCLan earned a place in the Times Higher Education Supplement (THES) Award Finals for Best International Student Experience.
Doctorate in Education, University of Central Lancashire, 2017.
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.
- Gurjee, Ridwanah (2017) UCLan, Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership: Mentoring Practice. In: The Sage Handbook of Mentoring. SAGE Publications, pp. 614-617. ISBN 978-1412962537
- Gurjee, Ridwanah (2017) An Investigation into the Key Components of Mentoring Interaction. Doctoral thesis, University of Central Lancashire
- 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 https://www.hrpub.org/download/201309/ijrh.2013.010101.pdf
- 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.
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.
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.
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