Meet our tutors

Many of our 1,700-strong team of academic staff are practising professionals and leading experts in their sector. You will receive first-hand and up-to-date knowledge directly from those in the know, be it health practitioners, real estate specialists or professional musicians when you study here.

Our lecturers and tutors will be on hand at our Open Days to answer all the questions you might have about your course. Don't worry about asking something stupid - they are only human and they know their subjects inside out.

Do you want to know what your career prospects will be like after you graduate? They can advise! Or do you just want to know what modules you'll be studying, and whether you'll be taking more exams or doing assignments throughout the year? Put it to 'em!

Islam Issa


Named as one of the UK’s most significant new thinkers, Dr Islam Issa is a lecturer for undergraduate English Literature students. Award winning Islam has been selected as one of BBC Radio 3 and the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s New Generation Thinkers, as well as being shortlisted for both the British Muslim Awards and the Muslim News Awards.

Imran Awan

Dr Imran Awan


Dr Imran Awan is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Deputy Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology. He is one of the country’s leading experts on Islamophobia, counter-terrorism and policing. He regularly appears in the media and acts as an independent advisor to the British Government.

Laura Leyland


A key spokesperson for women working in the engineering industry, Laura Leyland teaches material sciences on undergraduate engineering courses. Laura has a wealth of real world experience from the jewellery industry. She has supervised a number of projects at the university, including the design and fabrication of natural fibre composites for a Formula Student car seat.

Karen Fearon

Karen Fearon

Allied and Public Health Relations

With over 20 years’ experience in the clinical setting, both as a practitioner and senior clinical manager, Karen is now our Head of Department for Operating Department Practice and Paramedic Science. Her particular areas of interest are acute and surgical care, innovation in practice-focused healthcare education and online learning methods. Her current research centres on student-led assessment and feedback processes.

Zuby Ahmed


Zuby Ahmed is a seasoned game developer and manager, with a career spanning over 20 years, 15 years of which have been focused within the games industry. Starting as a freelance writer for Edge, Zuby went onto work for Digital Image Design, Warthog Games, and EA Games before founding his own games development company SmashMouth Games (SMG).

Salim Khan

Dr Salim Khan

Health Sciences

Salim is an Associate Professor of Applied Neurophysiology and Acting Head of Department for Therapies and Public Health. He comes equipped with experience of working in national and international higher education institutes. In addition to teaching and management, Salim has an extensive research portfolio including publications, conference presentations, research projects, and supervision of a large number of PhD students.

Jacqui Findlay

Stage Management

Jacqui Findlay has enjoyed a varied national and international professional career in Stage Management in theatre productions ranging from Shakespeare to contemporary dance via opera and panto. She has also been Tour Manager for Candoco Dance Company as well as working in television, film and live outdoor events. She now runs our Stage Management course.

David Higgins

Professor David Higgins

Real Estate

Bringing a global perspective to the real estate programmes, David can share extensive academic and industry experience with our students. His recent research includes real estate market performance, investment and finance strategies, new property risk concepts, and affordable social housing. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Nav Chouhan


Nav is a Senior Lecturer at Birmingham City Business School and teaches a range of management and enterprise modules for both undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Outside of teaching, Nav is also involved in a range of corporate activities which include one to one and group coaching, leadership and management training sessions and business startup projects.

Sophie Johnson

Sophie Johnson


A graduate of our Fashion Retail Management course, Sophie set up her own PR brand, working for big-name firms like Claire’s Accessories and Ziba. She branched out into events and celebrity PR management, where highlights included dressing Katy Perry in a client’s product and working with the style team at The X Factor. She lectures on public relations, marketing and social media.

Open Days - Book your place

Open Days

BCU Open Days are the perfect opportunity to discover just what we have to offer. Talk to the experts who will be teaching you, chat with current students and tour our state of the art facilities.

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