Dr Zainab Khan

Zainab Khan

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Zainab has been a member of the Law School since 2007 and was the UG Law Programmes Leader between 2011-2017. Prior to her academic career, Zainab was called to the Bar and worked as a legal services professional.

In her role as Programmes Leader, Zainab had operational responsibilities associated with the major milestones in the academic calendar and the daily delivery of the LLB programmes. She also had strategic responsibilities including; marketing, student experience surveys and associated improvement initiatives, graduate destinations as well as quality and enhancement.  

Zainab works closely with overseas partner institutions and is passionate about ensuring an outstanding international student experience.

In March 2017 she was appointed Leader for Continuous Enhancement (Law) in reflection of her seasoned experience in NSS and TEF related programmtic enhancements across the UG and PG Law provision. She is co-leading a TEF support project for the Faculty which will see her working with programmes across the Business & Law School to ensure they understand and are supported in light of the changing HE policy landscape. She will be reporting to the Executive Dean and Pro Vice Chancellor as well as the Associate Dean for Learning & Teaching and the Student Experience.

She is the module leader for European Union Law, and supervises undergraduates on the work-based learning module, Law in Action. 

Zainab is the Co-Vice Chair of the University's BME staff forum and Faculty Representative on the University's Race Equality Task Force.  She is committed to promoting race equality in Higher Education and is always keen to hear from external organisations who would like to support the Faculty and our students with this important initiative. She is also an elected Faculty Board member.

Zainab is an external examiner at Kingston University and the University of Buckingham.



2010 Better Together Award winner University's GDP Tutor of the Year. 

2011 Better Together Award winner with colleagues for Pro Bono initiatives.

2016 Shortlisted with colleagues for the Putting People First VC Award (Inclusivity)

2016 Outstanding Team Contribution to Employability & Enterprise winner VC Award

2017 Nominated Student Experience Awards – The Academic Personal Tutor Award

2017 Nominated VC Award for Inclusivity

Research interests

She has produced working papers on the state of air pollution compliance across the EU as part of an EU Commission funded collaborative project. 

Her principal area of research is public participatory decision-making in environmental matters. She is interested in supervising PhD students who want to work on public participation in decision-making and access to justice matters.

Zainab's doctoral research critically examined factors affecting the public participation principle, in particular the credibility that can be attached to public consultation procedures in environmental matters exploring the motivations of the State, campaign groups and individuals.

She is currently exploring the synergies between her theoretical arguments and the recent experience of the Brexit referendum. She is particularly interested in the socio-political inequalities which determine individual empowerment and engagement in all forms of public debate. 

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