Dr Irtiza Qureshi

Irtiza Qureshi

I am a lecturer, researcher and a visiting academic with the Institute for Health Research. I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) with interests in public health, diversity and widening participation.

In 2016 I successfully secured a PhD stipend studentship, funded by the University of Bedfordshire which examined the barriers and enablers for British South Asian men and NHS nursing careers in England. Having completed my PhD I have also been active carrying out health services research, publishing my research and lecturing across public health related post graduate courses.

Previous to working in higher education I have had significant public sector experience including strategic policy, project management and service development, working across various directorates including Public Health, Children's Services, and Corporate Policy.


  • PhD "Examining barriers and enablers for British South Asian men and NHS nursing careers in England", University of Bedfordshire 2021
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education, University of Durham, 1999
  • MA Cultural Studies, Coventry University, 1997
  • BA (Hons) Law, University of Northampton, 1996
  • Prince 2 Project Management Practitioner Certification, Axelos Global Excellence, 2016
  • Senior Leaders Programme, Association of Directors of Children’s Services, Virtual Staff College, 2013
  • Qualified Teacher Status Reference: RP99/50459

Research Interests

  • Health services research: Specifically related to exploring the facilitators, and barriers, which impact on underrepresented groups and the health care workforce.
  • Intersectionalism and its application to health services research.
  • Mental health: Specifically interventions to support the mental health of children and young people.
  • Health outcomes across marginalised and disadvantaged communities including the role of community engagement and co-development of solutions to tackle health inequalities.

Recent Teaching

  • Lecturer for the Health and Social Care Inequalities unit for MSc Public Health
  • Lecturer for the Principles, Policies and Issues unit for MSc Public Health
  • Lecturer for Dissertation unit (Systematic Review) for MSc Advanced Clinical Practitioner
  • Lecturer for the Managing Modern Healthcare Organisations unit for MBA Health

Recent Research Projects

  • Ali, N., Cook, E., Cartwright, S., Qureshi, I and Randhawa, G. (October 2020-21). Luton Borough Council Engaging in a dialogue on reasons for the disproportionate impact of Covid-19, tackling inequalities and co-developing solutions: a community engagement project in Luton. £50,000
  • Ali, N., Qureshi, I and Randhawa, G. (October 2019-20). Health Education England. Developing a widening participation network for Health Education England. £19,000

Recent Publications

  • Qureshi, I., Ali, N. and Randhawa, G. (2020) ‘British South Asian male nurses’ views on the barriers and enablers to entering and progressing in nursing careers’, Journal of Nursing Management, 28(4), pp. 892–902
  • Qureshi, I. et al. (2020) ‘Interventions to Widen Participation for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Men into the Nursing Profession: A Scoping Review’, Review Article Diversity and Equality in Health and Care, 17(2), pp. 107–114
  • Craig, G., Cole, B. Ali, N. and Qureshi, I. (2019) “The Missing Dimension: Where is ‘Race’ in Social Policy Teaching and Learning?”, Social Policy Association.
  • Qureshi, I., Ali, N., Hewson, D. and Randhawa, G. (2018) What the Numbers Tell Us: A Review of Nursing Course Applications, Acceptances and Attrition Rates for British South Asian Men. Diversity and Equality in Health and Care, (15) 6: 247-253
  • Ali, N., Qureshi, I., Sidika, T ., Mondkova A., Mahmood, S., Jan, A., Garcia, R., Cook, E., Burden, B., Reid, C and Randhawa, G. (2018), ‘Barriers and enablers for UK ‘home grown’ South Asian prospective students choosing nursing and midwifery courses and careers, Diversity & Equality in Health & Care
  • Qureshi, I. (2011) Resisting Racialising the Riots. Race Equality Teaching, 30 (1); 24-26

Contact Information

E: irtiza.qureshi@beds.ac.uk


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