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Dr Irtiza Qureshi

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Professional biography

I am an academic researcher, lecturer, qualified teacher and public sector trainer. I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) with interests in public health, mental health, diversity, equity and intersectionality.

I am active in carrying out health services research, publishing research and lecturing across public health related postgraduate courses. Previous to working in higher education Ihad significant public sector experience including strategic policy, project management and service development, working across various directorates including Public Health, Children's Services, and Corporate Policy.

Research interests

I have an ongoing interest in research that improves the lives of marginalised communities and counters health inequalities. 

This includes:

  • Health services research: Specifically, exploring the facilitators, and barriers, which impact on underrepresented groups and the health care workforce.
  • Intersectionalism and its application to health services research.
  • Mental health: Specifically, interventions to support the mental health of children and young people.
  • Health outcomes across marginalised and disadvantaged communities including the role of community engagement and co-development of solutions to tackle health inequalities.

Teaching interests

Having worked in, and for, schools for a number of years (including as a school improvement advisor), I have recently been teaching in higher education across the following courses:

  • Lecturer for Health and Social Care Inequalities (MSc Public Health)
  • Lecturer for Principles, Policies and Issues (MSc Public Health)
  • Lecturer for Dissertation unit (Systematic Review) (MSc Advanced Clinical Practitioner)
  • Lecturer for Managing Modern Healthcare Organisations (MBA Health)

Impact and engagement

Research Projects:

I am currently working with the Open University on evaluating the involvement aspect of a countywide carers’ service. Funded by the county council and local clinical commissioning groups, this service supports family carers and caring friends to have a voice in the planning and performance review of health and social care services.

Previous research projects include:

  • Ali, N., Cook, E., Cartwright, S., Qureshi, I and Randhawa, G. (October 2020-21). Luton Borough Council Engaging in a dialogue on reasons for the disproportionate impact of Covid-19, tackling inequalities and co-developing solutions: a community engagement project in Luton. 
  • Ali, N., Qureshi, I and Randhawa, G. (October 2019-20). Health Education England. Developing a widening participation network for Health Education England. 


  • Qureshi I, Gogoi M, Al-Oraibi A, Wobi F, Chaloner J, Gray L, Guyatt A, Nellums L, Pareek M.  Mental Health During COVID-19: A Qualitative Study with Ethnically Diverse
    Healthcare Workers in the United Kingdom. MedRxiv
  • Garcia R, Qureshi I. Nurse identity: reality and media portrayal. Evid Based Nurs. 2021 Oct 7:ebnurs-2021-103480. doi: 10.1136/ebnurs-2021-103480. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34620698.
  • Qureshi, I. (2021) ‘Health and social care inequalities in relation to ethnicity; British South Asian men and nursing careers.’, in Tilley, L. (ed.) Health and Social Care Research Methods in Context; Applying Research to Practice. London: Routledge, pp. 155–173.
  • Gogoi M, Wobi F, Qureshi I, Al-Oraibi A, Hassan O, Nellums L, Pareek M. “The vaccination is positive; I don’t think it’s the panacea”: A qualitative study on COVID-19 vaccine attitudes among ethnically diverse healthcare workers in the United Kingdom. Medrxiv.
  • Qureshi I, Garcia R, Ali N et al (2021) Understanding the disproportionate effects of COVID-19 on nurses from ethnic minority backgrounds. Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2021.e11645
  • Ali, N., Cook, E., Qureshi, I., Sidika, T., Mahmood, S., & Waqar, M. (2021). The Collaborative Targeted Outreach Programme ( CTOP ): A Feasibility Intervention to Increase the Recruitment of ‘ Home Grown ’ South Asians onto Nursing and Midwifery Courses. Diversity and Equality in Health and Care, 18(7), 370–377.
  • Qureshi, I., Ali, N. and Randhawa, G. (2020) ‘British South Asian male nurses’ views on the barriers and enablers to entering and progressing in nursing careers’, Journal of Nursing Management, 28(4), pp. 892–902
  • Qureshi, I. et al. (2020) ‘Interventions to Widen Participation for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Men into the Nursing Profession: A Scoping Review’, Diversity and Equality in Health and Care, 17(2), pp. 107–11
  • Craig, G., Cole, B. Ali, N. and Qureshi, I. (2019) “The Missing Dimension: Where is ‘Race’ in Social Policy Teaching and Learning?”, Social Policy Association.
  • Qureshi, I., Ali, N., Hewson, D. and Randhawa, G. (2018) ‘What the Numbers Tell Us: A Review of Nursing Course Applications, Acceptances and Attrition Rates for British South Asian Men’ Diversity and Equality in Health and Care, 15(6) pp 247-253
  • Ali, N., Qureshi, I., Sidika, T ., Mondkova A., Mahmood, S., Jan, A., Garcia, R., Cook, E., Burden, B., Reid, C and Randhawa, G. (2018) ‘Barriers and enablers for UK ‘home grown’ South Asian prospective students choosing nursing and midwifery courses and careers’, Diversity & Equality in Health & Care, 15(4) pp 190-197
  • Qureshi, I. (2011) 'Resisting Racialising the Riots’, Race Equality Teaching, 30 (1) pp 24-26

External collaborations

I am also currently working as a Research Fellow with The United Kingdom Research study into Ethnicity and COVID-19 outcomes among healthcare workers (UK-REACH). This study represents a unique partnership of leading researchers and clinicians with national organisations including the General Medical Council, Nursing and Midwifery Council, Royal Colleges and ethnic minority healthcare worker associations that will investigate if, how, and why, ethnicity affects COVID-19 clinical outcomes in healthcare workers.


Nurse identity: reality and media portrayal (2022)
Garcia, Rebecca and Qureshi, Irtiza
Evidence Based Nursing, 25(1) (pp. 1-5)