Dr Victoria Showunmi

    • BA, Cert.Ed, EdD, FRSA
    • Lecturer
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  • Summary:
    • I am an innovative educationalist with a flair for business ideas that can be translated into educational research. I have extensive knowledge in the school, Further Education and Higher Education sector as a researcher and lecturer. My research interests and expertise are in gender, identity, race and class. Her current research focuses on the notion of identity and leadership. The topics that I teach include research methodology, gender theory, leadership and professionalism.

      In addition to this I am an active member of the community that shares experiences with both individuals and other organisations. I am a member of the Runnymede Trust – 360. This is a national network connecting leaders in race equality for new thinking, shaping debates and enabling social change. I am also a lead mentor for BAME Women Race to the Top Mentoring Circle which is a mentoring programme that supports BMAE Women Civil Servants who would like to move forward in their careers.

  • Teaching:
    • EdD International - MOE1, MOE2, FOP EdD Home MOE1
      MRes - MA Gender: Theory and Practice in Education
      B.Ed programme
  • Research:
  • Postgraduate Research:
    • Women, race, identity and class
      Offending behaviour of BME/white working class girls and young women
      Identity and leadership
      Coaching and mentoring
      Peer support
  • Professional Activities:
    • • Trustee for Gingerbread
      • Governor for Redbridge Adult Institute
  • Conferences/presentations:
    • • October 2012, Showunmi, V. & Rodd, M.: Stream Chair Strand 1, Equity in education practice in the Equity and Quality Conference in Beijing
      • September 2012, Showunmi, V.: Exploration Of Leadership Through The 'Concept' Of Identity European Conference on Educational Research
      • July 2012, Showunmi, V.: Chair, Stream 1, Leadership Theory: Disrupting the Discourse Equality and Diversity Inclusion Conference
  • Personal Country Knowledge:
    • UK
  • Media Appearances:
    • Yes
  • Languages Spoken:
    • Basic French
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  • Research Students:
    • MPHIL/PHD:
      • Rasmus Bentsen, "exploration of diversity through the use of coaching"
      • Po Tsai, "A Study of the Relationships among Principals' Leadership on the Application of Competing Values Framework, School Organizational Cultures, Organizational Innovation and Core Competency in Elementary Schools in Taiwan"
      EdD Students:
      • Hsi Timothy, "The impact of peer helping in Singapore and the region"
      • Samuel Oforki-Kyereh, "To what extent could school-business partnerships support leadership development in two inner city schools"
      • Monica Duncan, "a study on parent voice and the impact it has on education organisational culture, leadership and the national framework"
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  • Showunmi, V. (2012) Why British Black Women Have Difficulty Finding Employment. The Edwin Mellen Press.
  • Showunmi, V. (forthcoming 2012) 'The Real Deal: Revisiting Black girls experiences of the British Education System' Bhopal, K. and Maylor U., (In) equalities: 'Race', class and gender. Routledge.
  • Atewologun, A and Showunmi, V (2008) ''An account of the 2008 Inaugural Equal Opportunities Conference held at University of East Anglia'', Equal Opportunities International Vol. 28 , 197-203.
  • Showunmi, V. (Spring 1998) 'Mentoring and the New Deal ', Black Labour Market News
  • Showunmi, V .(Summer 1998) 'Book review on Black Women Taking Charge', Black Training and Enterprise Group
  • Showunmi, V.(1998) 'Conference Report: Welfare to Work & Black Lone Parents: Providing Support and Creating Opportunities.', Black Training and Enterprise Group
  • Showunmi, V. (1996) 'A Black perspective on Mentoring', Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning 3:3, 12-18.
  • Showunmi, V. (1994) 'Book review on 'Race Gender and Teacher Education', The International Women's Journal