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Maisha is the Student Engagement Research and Projects Officer within the Department of Student Engagement and Employability. This is sees Maisha supporting and researching strategic projects relating to student engagement, student experience, student employability and other strategic matters. For example. looking at disaggregating Winchester's Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) degree awarding gap by researching the 'Asian' student experience. Alongside working at the University, Maisha is studying for an EdD where she hopes to further research areas related to BAME and Muslim student experience.

Maisha has a keen research intrest related to the above areas and has published and presented within the field. This has included: Muslim student sense of belonging at university and representativeness of diversity within institutions. Recently, Maisha has secured a Good Practice Grant from AdvanceHE to work on a 'What works?' case study which will aim to provide guidance to universities about fostering a sense of belonging for Muslim students.

Internally, Maisha is the secretary for the university's BAME Network which seeks to adavnce and support race equality at Winchester. Maisha is also an Executive Committee Member for the Gender and Education Association and is currently sitting on a UUK-AdvanceHE staff panel looking at guidance for universities to tackle racial harrasment. She has also previously been involved in work with the Changing Mindsets project, and Office for Students funded projectfocused on closing attainment gaps in higher education.



Islam, M. (2019) Reflection note: confessions of a Muslim researcher considering identity in research, International Journal of Social Research Methodology.

Mercer-Mapstone, L., Islam, M. & Reid, T. (2019) Are we just engaging ‘the usual suspects?’: Challenges in and practical strategies for supporting equity and diversity in student-staff partnership initiatives. Teaching in Higher Education.

Islam, M. (2019) To BAME or not to BAME? A critical reflection on the place of race and religion within ‘student engagement’. Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change, 5(1), pp. 90-92.

Islam, M., Lowe, T. and Jones, G. (2019). A ‘satisfied settling’? Investigating a sense of belonging for Muslim students in a UK small-medium Higher Education Institution. Student Engagement in Higher Education, 2(2), pp.79-104.

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