As Deputy Dean (Education), Apurba is responsible for quality assurance and enhancement, and the student experience for a faculty with close to 4000 students in three schools, three research institutes and a language unit spread across two campuses and four UK partner colleges. These responsibilities include the content, delivery and assessment of our undergraduate and postgraduate taught courses; new course development and approval; student retention, progression and awards; student complaints and discipline; student welcome and induction; learning and teaching innovation; internal and external audits and accrediting bodies; and responses to internal and external student surveys.
From April 2018 to August 2019, Apurba served as Acting Dean with responsibility for leading and managing the strategy and operations of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences as they pertain to its students, staff, and resource. This included a major restructuring of the faculty involving the creation of new schools, movement of departments and courses, and significant staffing changes.
After growing-up in Jamaica, India, Ghana and the USA, Apurba came to the UK to study for a BA (Joint Honours) English Literature/Philosophy at the University of Leeds. He then undertook an MA in International Affairs at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Bologna and Washington DC, before returning to England to gain a PhD in Government at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
Prior to joining Anglia Ruskin University in 2009, Apurba was Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) of the University of Bradford School of Computing, Informatics and Media, and a senior lecturer in the Bradford Media School. He also has lectured at De Montfort University, Leicester, and Chatham University, Pittsburgh; and served as Ruth Glass Memorial Fellow at the LSE Development Studies Institute, and Senior Research Fellow at the European Institute for Asian Studies, Brussels.
In addition to his work as Acting Dean, Apurba undertakes administrative, editorial, refereeing and research duties of national and international significance as a member of the Contemporary South Asia (Routledge) international editorial board (having been the journal's editor from 1998-2007), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Peer Review College, and Pakistan Security Research Unit (University of Durham, UK). He has also recently been appointed as a Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) Institutional Reviewer.
Apurba has undertaken a number of funded research projects, most recently as principal investigator of the £411k EPSRC-funded project entitled 'Fair Tracing': empowering producers and consumers by providing enriched information about the roots of goods and services'; later featured as part of the 'Impact! Exhibition' at the Royal College of Art (London) in 2010. Apurba's teaching, writing and research interests include civil-military relations, the politics and security of South Asia, and cyberpsychology.
Together with Dr Sally Everett, Apurba co-founded the BME Network that aims to further the interests of ethnic minority staff at the university. A significant goal was recently realised when Anglia Ruskin University joined the Race Equality Charter of the Equality Challenge Unit.
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