Dr Omolade Femi-AjaoPhD, FRSPH

Research Associate/DRiDVA Trial Manager

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I am a Public Health Researcher developing an international profile in health services research, 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. My intention is 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 12 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 CCSR (University of Manchester).

In the last nine years, I have been involved with Greater Manchester based domestic violence charities and voluntary organisations, working specifically with immigrant women. 


Social responsibility

I am committed to the University of Manchester Social Responsibilty 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 also a school governor for Manchester City Council.



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)

Royal Society for Public Health

Areas of expertise

Research Networks and Beacons

Biology, Medicine and Health (BMH) Domains

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