Dr Omolade Femi-Ajao PhD, FRSPH

Lecturer in Global Oral Health

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I am a Lecturer in Global Oral Health, developing an international profile in global health, with a specific focus on how the strengths of ethnic minority non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and faith-based organisations (FBOs) can be used for addressing health inequalities. This I do through exploring multiple perspectives on how individuals from ethnic minority groups can have access to and utilise existing health and social care services. 

My career aim is to become a fully independent researcher, and contribute to the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 5 (SDG -5) on Gender Equality and Women Empowerment in the UK, by focusing on the role of immigrant NGOs and FBOs in addressing health inequalities. I intend to undertake action research that will practically influence policy and practice for women and children from ethnic minority groups, across a range of health issues, including domestic violence and abuse and oral health issues.



Since the completion of my Public Health degree in 2006, I have been involved in public health research.  Over the last 14 years, I have worked with women in their local communities to help utilise locally available resources to promote and enhance their quality of life. 

I began my academic/research career as a teaching/graduate Assistant in 2007, working in the Dept of Public and Allied Health, Babcock University, Nigeria. My varied job role was the motivation for the completion of a MSc in Social Research Methods and Statistics from CMIST (University of Manchester).

Over the last ten years, I have been involved with Greater Manchester-based domestic violence charities and voluntary organisations, to explore strategies for improving the access of immigrant women to appropriate professional services. I have also worked with leaders of faith-based organisations to ensure their capacity is enhanced for supporting women with lived experience of intimate partner and abuse.  

Social responsibility

I am committed to the University of Manchester Social Responsibility agenda, and I am heavily involved in public engagement activities. I am the Chair of the Board of Trustees for a Greater Manchester-based registered charity, whose charitable objects is to preserve and protect the health, both physical and mental, of persons who have suffered or are suffering from domestic violence and/or domestic abuse, and stress and depression.

I am a member of the Greater Manchester for Women 2028 (GM4Womem28) think tank group, working to advance equality for women and girls across Greater Manchester. I am part of the Safety group – given my on-going work on domestic violence and abuse against women.

I am a Local Authority School Governor for a Primary School in Manchester, and I volunteer as the Chair of the inclusion committee.  



ILM Level 5 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring 2020

Practitioner Level 3 Diploma in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Life Skills Coaching 2018

Life Coaching Diploma 2017

PhD (2016, University of Manchester): Thesis Title: Factors Influencing the Disclosure and Help-Seeking Practices of Nigerian Women Resident in England with Lived Experience of Domestic Violence.

MSc (2010, Centre for Census and Survey Research, University of Manchester): Social Research Methods and Statistics

BSc (2006, First Class Honours, Babcock University): Public Health

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

University Research Ethics Committee (UREC)

I am an Ethics signatory for the Division, and a chair of UREC Proportionate committee. I am a permanent member of the UREC proportionate committee.

Areas of expertise

Research Networks and Beacons

Biology, Medicine and Health (BMH) Domains

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