Yaqub Murray

Senior Lecturer in Organisation Studies


Senior Lecturer in Organisation Studies


BSc (UEL), PGDip Counselling (Bristol), PGCHE (Glos), MA (Warwick), MSc (Sheffield Hallam), MPhil (Bath), Chartered CFIPD

Contact details


Tel: 01285 652531


University responsibilities

  • Mentor to Academic Staff
  • Member Ethics Committee
  • Member Inclusivity, Equality and Diversity Committee
  • School Representative Validation Review Board
  • Founding Member of the Centre for Leadership (CfL)

Professional memberships

  • Fellow Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (FCIPD)
  • British Psychological Society Register of Testers (Ability and Personality TDI, MRT-i)
  • Advanced Psychometric Practitioner – Myers Briggs Type Indicator
  • Member American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • Member British Educational Research Association (BERA)

Additional information

  • Qualified Counsellor (Psychodynamic), University of Bristol/BACP Approved
  • RDI Distance Learning Tutor
  • Equalities Representative – Swindon Strategic Partnership
  • Former Chair, Swindon Race Equality Council

External examining

  • 2007-2010, External Examiner BA Business Studies, Wolverhampton Business School, University of Wolverhampton
  • 2006, External Adviser to Validation Team for BA Business Studies, an international collaboration between University of Wolverhampton (UK) and Middle East College of Technology (Oman)
  • 2004, External Adviser, HRM Curriculum changes in BA Business Studies, University of East London
  • 1990-1994, External Examiner, CIPD Programmes, Filton College, Bristol


Research interests

  • Applying Story Telling, Narrative, Life Writing, Autobiographical, Psycho-Social and Interpretative methodological approaches to the research of Race, Identity and Migration, Management and Leadership, and Farming Families
  • Current PhD Research: Muslim Meanings – A Narrative Research Study of Muslim Identity in the South West of England.


Teaching duties


Visiting appointments

  • 1988 – 1999, Visiting Lecturer, Leadership, Change Management and Counselling, National School of Government formerly Civil Service College, Sunningdale (UK) – Cabinet Office

Invited lectures

  • 2011, A Postcolonial Exploration of Anticipated Trials and Tribulations Faced by Omani students in Negotiating the ‘Hood’ of British Higher Education. Paper and discussion forum delivered to senior management of Petroleum Development Oman, Mina Al Fahal, Sultanate of Oman. 22nd December.
  • 2010, Exploring the dynamics of ‘Whiteness’ in understanding, mediating and resolving tensions between employees in local government. Presentation to Black and Asian Workers Support Group (BASWG), Swindon Borough Council. December
  • 2007, ‘Diversity in the Curriculum: Enhancing the learning experiences of transnational students in UK higher education’. Presentation of paper and facilitation of workshop with Professor Jack Whitehead (Liverpool Hope University) to HEA day conference at London Metropolitan University
  • 2006, 'Translating diversity into practice: Responsibilities and opportunities for transforming our living practices of inclusion in British High Education', Diversity Festival, Universities of Sussex and Brighton.10 March. Murray, Y.P, Nyathi, N., and Whitehead, A.J.

Conference contributions

Peer Refereed conference contributions

  • Murray Y.P., and Nyathi, N.Q (2011) Using our Last Gifts: Conversations with Abdul Razaq-Gurner, M Fakhry Davids and Frantz Fanon. Postcolonial Capitalism Symposium, Queen Mary, University of London, School of Business and Management,, 13-15 October.
  • Nyathi, N.Q., and Murray, Y.P (2009) 'The Ubuntu dialogues: decolonising discourse and dualism in organisation studies', 6th International Critical Management Studies conference, University of Warwick, Warwick Business School, 13-15 July.
  • Murray, Y.P., and Whitehead, A.J. (2007) Transforming Our Bodies, Nations and Knowledges Through Action Researching the Educational Influences of Our Cosmopolitan Pedagogies. Paper presented to the Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Association, Adelaide. December
  • Murray, Y.P (2004) How Do I, A ‘Mixed Race’ Educator, Contribute To A Postcolonial Future through Talking, Writing and Performing my ‘Mixed Race’ Educative Practice? Paper presented at the British Educational Research Association Annual Conference, Manchester, UK. September.
  • Murray, Y.P., and Whitehead, A.J. (2000) White and Black with White Identities: A Self Study of Teaching Practice and Ethnic Difference in Higher Education. Paper presented to the Self-Study of Teacher practice SIG, American Educational Research Association Annual Conference. New Orleans. May.

Consultancy Scope

  • Executive Mentoring
  • Organizational Change and Development
  • Ethical Leadership
  • Strategic Team Renewal
  • Counselling
  • Psychometric Training
  • Personal and Professional Development

Key Clients

  • Swindon Borough Council
  • UBS
  • Novartis
  • Ministry of Justice (HMPS)
  • British Council (Qatar)
  • EPPCO (United Arab Emirates)
  • Cable and Wireless
  • British Printing Industry Federation
  • Petroleum Development Oman (Sultanate of Oman)
  • Mowlem Group
  • Directorate of Work and Pensions (formerly DSS) Sector Fraud Team
  • National School of Government (formerly Civil Service College)