Maryam Toorawa is a DPhil student in Higher Education at the Department of Education.  Her research focusses on issues of widening participation, theories of decolonisation, and subjects related to justice, equality, diversity and inclusion in student communities at universities and colleges.  

Maryam completed her B.A. in International Studies at Bryn Mawr College and earned her MSc in Higher Education at Oxford University. Her master’s dissertation used the Capability Approach to evaluate how Foundation Years impacted students’ ability to take advantage of opportunities.  

Her doctoral research looks to use decolonial research methods to study student experience. Before starting doctoral research, she participated in the Ambitious Futures Graduate Scheme for University Leadership (SOAS, University of London and Birkbeck, University of London) and worked in the private sector.