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Professor Rajani Naidoo Vice-President (Community & Inclusion)

Professor Naidoo supports a thriving, successful, and inclusive University community of staff and students at all levels.


Professor Rajani Naidoo leads on the University's equality, diversity, and inclusion strategy, supports wellbeing and other personnel matters, and represents the University on relevant issues externally.

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Rajani Naidoo has held a range of faculty and management positions in the UK and South Africa, including in an institution that aimed to contribute to the transformation of higher education in post-apartheid South Africa.

She is Visiting Professor, Chair for Critical Studies in HE Transformation at Nelson Mandela University in South Africa, and sits on advisory and steering committees for organisations including the British Council and the European Foundation for Management Development.

She is featured in the Stanford/Elsevier top 2 per cent most highly cited scholars in her field. Her research is interdisciplinary and multi-level, focussing on the influence of global, national, and organisational forces on research, teaching, and the wider role of the university in society. She has been involved in multi-national research projects on the changing academic profession, international higher education partnerships, and the contribution of higher education to social justice; and has presented keynotes at major conferences in numerous countries.

She sits on several journal editorial boards and is co-editor of a book series on global higher education for Palgrave Macmillan.

She was a recipient of the John Willis Award for accomplishment in research combined with dedication to students and a significant contribution to teaching.


Rajani has a PhD from the University of Cambridge, an MA from UCL IoE, and a BA (Hons) Law from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal.