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Jas Sangha

Associate Professor and Race Equality Lead
Faculty of Health, Medicine and Social Care
School of Allied Health and Social Care
Areas of Expertise:
Social Work and Social Policy

Jas is a Associate Professor in Social Work and Race Equality Lead at Anglia Ruskin University. Jas has been teaching in Social Work since 2005, he supervises PhD students, and regularly supervises undergraduate and postgraduate students undertaking their Dissertation. In his role as Race Equality Lead, for his Faculty, he leads on the development of a shared understanding and implementation of their Race Equality Strategy. Jas qualified as a Social Worker in 1996 from Oxford Brookes University and actively maintains his registration.

Jas has undertaken research to understand the experiences of minority ethnic students in higher education and has published in this area. His research interests are: higher education, social work studies, race and racism.

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Jas is currently employed as a Associate Professor in Social Work and Race Equality Lead at Anglia Ruskin University. Jas joined Anglia Ruskin University as a Senior Lecturer and Course Leader in Social Work in 2012. Before that he was Programme Lead and Senior Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University.

Jas has held numerous positions in Higher Education, with teaching, learning, assessment and curriculum development responsibilities (Senior Lecturer, Course Leader, Module Lead and Personal Tutor), and with line management responsibilities (Acting Deputy Head of Department). Jas teaches on a range of modules, supervises PhD students, regularly supervises Masters Dissertation students and Undergraduate students undertaking their major project.

In his role as Race Equality Lead, Jas leads, in his faculty, on the development of a shared understanding of the Race Equality Strategy to facilitate staff and student engagement with related activities and interventions. This work encompasses innovative practice in the design of decolonised and diversified curricula, internationalised learning, anti-racism training for staff and students. Jas works closely with staff and students from minority ethnic backgrounds to understand barriers to their success and designs initiatives in response.

On a voluntary and professional level, Jas has gained extensive experience in adult community care having worked with disabilities, mental health, older people and young adults.

Research interests

Jas is an active researcher having now undertaken a number of research projects focused on higher education and race equality resulting in publications in journals and book chapters. His research studies have focused on understanding the experiences of minority ethnic students in higher education, developing a knowledge bank on anti-racist resources, understanding the needs of minority ethnic students on placements, and designing an evaluation review process for a module on the theory and practice of anti-racism.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Social Work
  • Race and Racism
  • Higher Education
Areas of research supervision


Jas has significant lecturing experience in higher education. Jas is responsible for teaching and assessing on a range of modules, across all years, on the pre-qualifying Social Work courses at an undergraduate level (BA Honours Social Work) and at a postgraduate level (MA Social Work) as well as guest lecturing on other courses and for other organisations.

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • MSc in Higher Professional Education
  • Post Graduate Teaching Certificate
  • NVQ Level 5 in Operational Management
  • Practice Teaching Award (Social Work)
  • Diploma in Social Work
  • Fellow of The Higher Education Academy
  • Qualified and Registered Social Worker with SWE
Selected recent publications

Fox, J. and Sangha, J. (2023) White, Brown, Mad, Fat, Male and Female academics: a duoethnography challenging our experiences of deficit identities, Journal of Organizational Ethnography, 12(1), pp. 46-60.

Sangha, J. (2022) 'Community Cultural Wealth in the Context of Social Work Education', Social Dialogue: The International Association of Schools of Social Work, 26.

Sangha, J. (2021) 'What are the experiences of Black, Asian and minority ethnic students in relation to their progression on an undergraduate social work course in one university in England?', Social Work Education, 41(8), pp. 1748-1767. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1080/02615479.2021.1960305

Sangha, J. (2021) 'How models are used to cure racism and other curious tales'. In: Reid, W. and Maclean, S. (Eds.) (2021) Outlanders. Hidden Narratives from Social Workers of Colour. Staffordshire: Kirwin Maclean Associates, pp. 49-54.