Ibtihal Ramadan

Research Fellow- Education Equity Initiative

Contact details

University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Ibtihal Ramadan has joined the University of Birmingham Education Equity Initiative (EEI) team in June 2023 as a research fellow. Prior to that she worked as lecturer in the Department of Education and Childhood Studies- Swansea University, Post-Graduate Tutor,  University of Glasgow, and a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Edinburgh. She has led and taught across undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Education. Dr Ramadan acquired Fellowship in HEA in 2022. She has extensive experience mentoring and supervising MSc students.

Dr Ramadan has a PhD in Education- interdisciplinary (University of Edinburgh). She conducts research in the areas of social policy, particularly regarding minoritised groups, EDI policies and practices in HE, Islamophobia, race and racism, Muslim identity, (gendered)-religious microaggressions, and decolonisation.

She is a qualitative researcher drawing from Critical Race Theory, Postcolonial Perspectives and decolonial scholarship.  She  contributed to the Steering Group of Ad-HE project on Tackling racism on Campus and Anti-Racist Curriculum (ARC) Project (Scotland); currently she is a member of ARC Professional Network (Scotland). 


Fellowship HEA

PhD Education ( University of Edinburgh)

MSc TESOL ( University of Edinburgh)

BA English Language and Literature ( 1st Hons.)


Race, Racism, Islamophobia, Equity in HE, Muslim Identity, Micro-aggression, Intersectionality


Ramadan, I.  (2021) When faith intersects with gender: the challenges and successes in the experiences of Muslim women academics, Gender and Education, 34:1, 33-48, DOI: 10.1080/09540253.2021.1893664 To link to this article: https://doi.org/10.1080/09540253.2021.1893664

GOODALL, J., LEWIS, H., CLEGG, Z., RAMADAN, I., WILLIAMS, M., YLONEN, A., OWEN, S., ROBERTS, D., HUGHES, C. & WOLFE, C. 2022. Defining Parental Engagement in ITE: from relationships to partnerships. Wales Journal of Education.

GOODALL, J., RAMADAN, I., WILLIAMS, M., YLONEN, A., LEWIS, H., OWEN, S., ROBERTS, D., WOLFE, C., HUGHES, C. & CLEGG, Z. 2021. From Relationships to Partnerships: the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on parental engagement in children’s learning in Wales and the implications Swansea University, Bangor University.

Mohamed, K., Ramadan, I ., and Riyaz, N., 2021. A Breif Introduction to Critical Race Theory. AD-HE