College of Business, Law and Social Sciences staff

Leigh Woodside in a purple shirt
Postgraduate Research Student

Leigh is a postgraduate research student who is an accomplished senior transformational change professional with over 35 years of expertise in delivering business change projects and more than 20 years of consulting experience in the private, public, and third sector across large global and UK-based organisations.

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Lecturer in Business and Management

As a Lecturer in Business Management, Anne teaches on a number of undergraduate modules and supports the programme leader for BA Business Management on curriculum and student-related issues with particular responsibility for Top-up and direct entry students.

Hassan Yazdifar.
College of Business, Law & Social Sciences: Head of Research & Innovation University of Derby: Head of Research Theme for Business, Law and Social Policy

Professor Hassan Yazdifar is the Head of Research and Innovation at the College of Business, Law, and Social Sciences. In addition to College responsibilities, Hassan has cross-university responsibility for the development, direction and performance of the academic theme of Business, Economic and Social Policy. 

Liafisu Sina Yekini
Professor of Accounting and Accountability

Sina is a Professor of Accounting and Accountability and the Research Lead of the Accounting Research Cluster, the Accounting, Accountability and Ethics Group (AAEG) within the Centre for Business Improvement at Derby Business School.

Hana York
Business Development Manager

As a Business Development Manager in the School for Business Law and Social Science, Hana supports regional SMEs to access the support available for businesses via the University.

Hakeem Yusuf standing in a balcony at Kedleston Road
Professor of Global Law

Hakeem Yusuf is Professor of Law and Global Studies at the University of Derby's Law School. He was awarded the prestigious John T Saywell Prize for Canadian Constitutional Legal History in 2015 by the Osgoode Society of Canadian Legal History.

Yiling Zha is a lecturer in financial economics.
Lecturer in financial economics

Yiling Zha teaches economics at the Derby Business School. Yiling earned her PhD in finance with a focus on credit derivatives and risk management. Yiling is passionate about the pricing of fixed assets and how financial markets behave.

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Senior Lecturer in Sociology

Rachel Rafferty is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Derby. She teaches across the fields of sociology and criminology at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Dr Rafferty has a professional background in the charity sector and has published research on topics such as resolving interethnic conflicts, supporting refugee integration and post-conflict peacebuilding.