Suraiya Baghdadi

Having worked in a range of schools, businesses and colleges for over 18 years, I have had the privilege of experiencing a wide range of teaching and learning environments. During the course of these roles I have witnessed many groups of people who have encountered unnecessary barriers to education and wider participation in society. Such events have directed me to focus my research and teaching interests from Health and Science related issues to social justice issues such as how we, as members of society, can ensure all citizens have equal access to participate in all aspects of society. Developing choices of assessments is one example of how inclusive practice has been embedded successfully through the FdA and BA Disability Studies and this shows that making reasonable adjustments need not be inconvenient or costly.

I enjoy mentoring students in research areas relating to disability and teach modules relating to Special Educational Needs, safeguarding, communication, supporting independent living and historical and international perspectives of disability as well as research. I am an active researcher, thus keeping up to date with current relevant issues and publish or present work at a professional level.

The ideal world for me is a place where everybody is given an equal opportunity to develop their strengths and identity without fear of being judged by society. My ambition is to educate and encourage critical discussion around inclusive practice so that genuine good practice is developed for the benefit of wider society.

Contact Details

Email: Suraiya.baghdadi@blackburn.ac.uk

Tel: 01254 296814

Qualifications
  • MA Education, (Merit), University of Central Lancashire
  • PGDip Professional Practice in Post Compulsory Education (Merit) , University of Central Lancashire
  • Level 5 Adult Numeracy Specialist Certificate, Blackburn College
  • Qualified Teacher Status (QTS Secondary Science), Edge Hill University
  • BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science, University of Wolverhampton
  • PGCE mentoring qualification from UCLan (2018) and level 5 ILM Leading and Managing (2019-20)
Recent Research Projects

University Centre at Blackburn College (2016), An evaluation of the use of Read Write Software 2015-16

Public Engagement

Regular attendance at Blackburn with Darwen Health and Wellbeing Board (2013-19)

Health and Psychology conference 2019 at UCBC, Blackburn

Teaching and Professional Activities
  • Lecturer, FdA and BA (Hons) Disability Studies (Inclusive Practice)
  • Lecturer, HND Health
  • Personal tutor
  • Active Researcher
  • Contribution to modules on revalidation and new validation of above programmes
Recent Publications & Other Research Outputs

International Conference Presentation (2016), An evaluation of the use of Read Write Software, Hosted on behalf of Cultural and Difference and Social Solidarity Network at University Centre at Blackburn College

Researcher and editor of Home Office and European Integration Fund (EIF) research project in collaboration with Blackburn College and Blackburn with Darwen Council: Integration, Citizenship and Engaging Communities, (2015)  (a multi-facetted research including barriers to participation within education society)

University Centre at Blackburn College (2014) Workshop delivery on inclusive assessment delivered as part of Teaching and Learning Conference, UCBC

Baghdadi, S (2011), Peer Learning, Through the looking Glass, Preston: University of Central Lancashire

Industry Experience
  • Secondary Science Teacher (1997-2007)
  • Founder of health education and equality consultancy (2003-2007)
  • Tutor of Essential Skills (Mathematics and English) (2007-2013)
  • Data Co-ordinator for Functional Skills within Health and Social Care Department
  • Volunteer ‘befriender’ for disabled service users
Teaching Programmes

FdA and BA Disability Studies Inclusive Practice

HND Health

FdA Positive Practice

PGCE mentor for post 16 PGCE Programme (UCLan)