Dr Yaz Osho

Dr Yaz Osho

Yaz is Principal Lecturer and Director of Academic Professional Development at CETI. She previously held the role of Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and School EDI Lead at the University of Westminster. 

She previously held academic roles at UEL; Kings College, University of London; Middlesex University and INTO. She held the position of Senior School Fellow in the School of Law, Politics, and Sociology at the University of Sussex in 2011 and completed a Post-doctorate at Kings College, University of London.

Yaz gained her Ph.D. from Goldsmiths College, University of London. 

Her research interests include: the Black awarding gap; inclusive teaching strategies and non-traditional students; Black academics' experience in HE; ethnic entrepreneurship and widening participation and entrepreneurship education. 

PhD: ‘Race’, Capital and Enterprise: A Qualitative Study of Black Business and Organizations in London, 2007


Providing Meaning: Give A Little Bit of the Sociological Imagination, www.sociologicalimagination.org, 2011


Beyond Performance: Cultural Enquiry into Major Events and Culture, Kings Cultural Institute, 2013


‘Race’, Space and Social Action, Teknokultura, Journal of Digital Culture and Social Movements, 2013


Growing Pains: The Politics of African (dis)/identification for Blacks in the 1980-1990s (for research in 2019)


Throwback Tresses: The UK Natural Hair Revival (for research in 2021)


Reflexivity and Co-Ethnic Teaching: How the PGCHEP affects Professional Practice in Teaching BME Learners in a Widening Participation Institution, (for research in 2021)


Pushed or Pulled: Black Students and Graduates Journey into Self-Employment, (for publication in 2021)


Strategies of Engagement and Alternative Providers: Enhancing Learning in Providing Contextual Enterprise Education, (for research in 2021)


Towards an Embedded Curriculum: Alternative Providers and BME Learners, (for research in 2021)


Imposter Syndrome: Academic Parents (for research in 2021)




‘More Than Just Widening Participation’, HEA - Advance HE, https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/blog/more-just-widening-participation, 2017


‘Widening participation and Enterprise Education: Support for BME Learners’, Guild HE, 2018, https://guildhe.ac.uk/wp-enterprise-bme-support/, 2018


‘Concurrent Journey: Working towards the FHEA and SFHEA simultaneously’, HEA – Advance HE, https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/blog/concurrent-journey-working-towards-fhea-and-sfhea-simultaneously, 2018


‘Wearing Far Too Many Hats: BAME and Female in the Academy’, Discovery Society https://discoversociety.org/2018/11/06/wearing-far-too-many-hats-bame-and-female-in-the-academy/, 2018

'It's time to back black and minority ethnic social entrepreneurs', Pioneers Post, https://www.pioneerspost.com/news-views/20210819/its-time-back-black... 2021

'Women in Academia - Q&A - Week 7', https://www.routledge.com/blog/article/women-in-academia-qa-week-7, 2021 

'How to support EDI work at departmental and institutional level', Times Higher Education, 2022

Is there enough support available for female academics from BAME backgrounds? Emerald Publishing blog, 2022

'Backing Black scholars: Higher Education institutions must and should do better', Times Higher Education , 2023

'Is taking racially minoritised entrepreneurs' whole self into consideration important?' London Business Matters Magazine, London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, upcoming, 2023

Sustainable Development Goals
In brief

Research areas

Black awarding gap, Racially minoritised academics , Inclusive teaching practices , Decolonial praxis, Social entrepreneurship and Race and higher education

Skills / expertise

Qualitative research, Interviewing , Coaching , Mentoring and EDI

Supervision interests

Race and higher education, Awarding gap and BAME entrepreneurship
QHT Funding