Find out more about our staff at the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah RACE Centre.
Safina Islam, Head of the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah RACE Centre and Education Trust
I lead the organisation, ensuring we support the University of Manchester's vision and aims, and achieve our organisational mission to create an inclusive space for Global Majority communities to preserve their stories and shape how their narrative is recorded. On a national level, I share our ethical approaches to engagement, collecting and collections management.
Claire Fox, Academic Director
I am a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Manchester and as Academic Director have oversight of the RACE Centre's work to support academic teaching, learning and research, as well as our significant contributions to the University's strategic aims and priorities. I have a particular interest in our work on honour-based violence, experiences of victimisation and on social justice issues.
Maya Sharma, Collections Engagement Officer
As Collections Engagement Officer I create and support opportunities to explore and understand Global Majority histories, the history of anti-racist activism and development of thinking about race and ethnicity. I work with a wide range of audiences including academics, students and researchers, community groups, educators, and the cultural and heritage sector in order to increase awareness and use of our unique collections and - more broadly - the histories they contain.
Lianne Smith, Archivist and Library Manager
My role at the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah RACE Centre is to manage the day-to-day running of the archive and library, and plan and implement its ongoing development. In practice this involves working to acquire, catalogue and preserve amazing collections (whether they are destined to come to us or stay within the communities that created them), and help to make them available, to inform, to educate and to inspire.
Annie Dickinson, Library Assistant
As Library Assistant I am often the first point of contact for those using the Centre and its resources. I help visitors to the Centre to explore and access the books and resources that make up our Library and Archive Collections and respond to enquiries, sharing the important work that we do in collecting and preserving Global Majority histories.
Our vision is an inclusive, equally represented and racially just society where everyone belongs.
The Centre was established by Lou Kushnick, Professor of Sociology at The University of Manchester, in 1999.
Find out about how we work with global majority communities to explore and share their histories.
The Trust works out of the RACE Centre, supporting community-led collecting and heritage projects, and engagement work with local communities.