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Dr Iwi Ugiagbe-Green

Dr Iwi Ugiagbe-Green has over 20 years’ experience of working in higher education and nearly 15 years’ experience of supporting students’ transition to graduate labour market. In the last five years her work has focused on race and its intersection with other characteristics within the context of student education, experience, transition and progression to graduate labour market and postgraduate study. Iwi is an expert on race equity issues that impact students in higher education and graduate employment. Her work is inter-disciplinary and collaborative.
Manchester Metropolitan University
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She works with a  range of colleagues across the sector including colleagues from professional services, as well as colleagues working in corporate entities and charities.  She is a member of the PG Employability working group at NEON and Employment and Employability working group at TASO.  Much of her work focuses on students’ educational and employment experience and outcomes. 

As well as being passionate about teaching and learning and supporting students into graduate employment, she is an academic activist and researcher.  In 2022, she led the national project funded by Research England/Office for students, called ASPIRE, which seeks to address racial inequalities in transition and progression of Black heritage people into postgraduate research and the graduate labour market.  She is currently leading a collaborative research project with Universities of Leeds, Nottingham, Huddersfield, York and Lincoln to explore career planning needs and behaviours of postgraduate taught students, funded by JISC.  Her book chapter in SAGE Handbook of Employability 2022, “Centring Racialised Experiences of Black Students to Mitigate Bias within Graduate Labour Recruitment and Selection Processes,” was published late last year and was developed from her (Student experience) prize winning Wonkhe blog, “We are failing our Black students if we don’t talk about recruitment bias (2019).

She has two other book chapters on race equity in education and employability being published later this year in Edward Elgar Handbook on How to offer effective well-being support to law students and  Establishing and Maintaining Sustainable Career Ecosystems for University Students and Graduates.  However, she continues to support the development of the work-readiness of students in her roles as a Reader (Learning and Teaching) and Head of degree award and progression gaps in the Faculty of Business and Law.