research student

Ifza Shakoor

Postgraduate Research Student

Ifza Shakoor in her graduation cap and gown


College of Arts, Humanities and Education

Research centre

International Centre for Guidance Studies (iCeGS)





I am a third-generation British Kashmiri from Derby. I have grown up with a keen interest in society, power and social justice, in part due to my lived experiences of living in inner-city Derby to moving through different wards and then working with the community as a teacher then later in an outreach role.

I enjoy keeping myself busy, seeking new experiences and making fun memories! I have been interested in career trajectories and cultural diversity since beginning my work as a Career-Related Engagement Coordinator working on an innovative first-of-its-kind project working on careers with Primary Schools. I strongly believe in the phrase 'you can't be what you can't see!' which has led me to begin my doctoral journey exploring the role of diversity within the Career Development Sector.

Thesis title

Diversity within career development: an investigation of the structural and systemic barriers and potential enablers which impact on the positive diversification of the workforce



Doctoral PhD
2021 - ongoing, University of Derby

Master of Education specialising in Inclusion and SEND - MA, Education
2016 - 2021, University of Derby

Level Two, Information Advice and Guidance Level Two, Information Advice and Guidance
2021 - 2021, Lincoln College
Grade: Pass

PGCE 5-11 with subject enhancement in Inclusion
2015 - 2016, University of Derby

PGCE 5-11 with subject enhancement in Inclusion
2015 - 2016, Nottingham Trent University

BA, Childhood Studies
2011 - 2015, Nottingham Trent University