Candidate for the position of Academic Staff Governor

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Mary Makinde


I am well-motivated individual that is enthusiastic, with a passion for academia and a commitment to providing a learning environment that encourages every student to reach their aspirations.

Prior to joining Canterbury Christ Church, I was a Senior Forensic Scientist and a Forensic Casework Team Leader at one of the UK’s leading Forensic Science Provider and I continue to provide training and support to professions within the Criminal Justice System.  As a forensic scientist, I was careful to ensure that my duty in the administration of justice was to the highest standard by maintaining integrity, objectivity, transparency, working in the interest of the public and taking ownership of my casework and actions. As a Team Leader I was required to manage a team of Casework Examiners and ensure that the daily operations of the team and organisation were carried out effectively and efficiently whilst maintaining quality and high levels of morale. I was tasked with making operational decisions based on resources, budgets, deadlines, the wellbeing of staff and considerations of business continuity.

In 2018, I was appointed as Lecturer in Forensic Investigation at CCCU and I have since been promoted to Senior Lecturer. Since joining the University, I have sought to continuously develop my skills and knowledge by embarking on a range of internal and external development training and programmes. This has allowed me evolve with the ever-changing landscape of HE, so that I can contribute positively to the University’s strategic aims and our commitments in our Access and Participation Plan and more importantly, enrich the learning experience of my students.

I have been the Module Leader for several modules, programme lead for employability, STEM lead and the Head of Year for Level 6. Within my role I have developed curricula that is inclusive, diverse, accessible to all students and promotes a just and sustainable future. I work hard to ensure that I am innovative and use evidence-based approaches to inform teaching, learning and assessments. In this way, I thrive to develop a learning environment that promotes deep learning, fosters a sense of community, develops the whole person and embeds key employability skills.

In 2019, I was appointed the University’s Strategic Lead for Closing Our Gap alongside my role as an academic. As Strategic Lead I work collaboratively with colleagues and students across the university to provide a whole institutional holistic approach to addressing the outcomes and experiences of our Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Mixed heritage students for sustainable transformational change. In this way, I aim to provide strong leadership that ensures clarity of the University’s vision, ethos, strategic aims and commitments to providing high quality education and a learning and working environment that is inclusive.


I provide strategic leadership and guidance to tackle the attainment gap, implement change, evaluate data, conduct research, strategic framework(s), policies and procedures, source funding, engage in scholarly activities and deliver workshops to staff, students and external partners.

I recognise the importance of working closely with external stakeholders and our local community. As such, I have worked to build collaborative partnerships in higher education, health care, criminal justice, graduate employment and schools/colleges and charitable organisations.

Working as an academic and Strategic Lead has been rewarding and I fully appreciate the everyday challenges faced by academics and students whilst having a good understanding of the University’s mission and strategic direction.

If given the opportunity to serve as a member of the Governing Body I would seek to promote Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education, teaching excellence and work with our key stakeholders including our local communities to provide a sustainable future for all.