Ms Maria Hussain


Maria Hussain is a Lecturer in Business Management at Leeds University Business School, a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Certified Business and Management Educator. Her expertise lies in: inclusive management education, intercultural communication and organisational culture relating to EDI (race- equity) in complex organisations. Maria is an elected member of the British Academy Management (BAM) national Council, providing steer on equity and inclusive educational practice within Business Education. She has recently been appointed as a national Race Equality Charter (REC) institutional application national Review Panellist at Advance HE. She is also a member of  Great Britain Applied Linguistics (LAGB) Subcommittee for Racial and Social Justice. Institutionally, Maria Co-Chairs the Muslim Staff Network, the first and only faith-based staff network in the sector. This important work has influenced university-wide EDI policy and ongoing implementation on the intersection of race-religion in addressing outcomes and awarding ‘gaps.’

Furthermore, Maria has recently won a prestigious fellowship at the Leeds Institute of Teaching Excellence (LITE). Her research project entitled: ‘Enhancing the value placed on diversity: from the international classroom to the global workplace’ will explore attitudes towards diversity from both student and employer perspectives.



  • Faculty Academic Leader Study Abroad and 'Internationalsiation at Home''
  • Module Leader, Academic Personal Tutor, MSc Dissertation Supervisor
  • Co Chair EDI Staff Network

Research interests

Journal articles/book chapters:

Hussain, M.2020. Internationalisation at home; creating cultural insights. In Manning ,A., and Colaiacomo, S.Ed(s). Innovations in internationalisation at home; insights 2019.Cambridge:Cambridge Publishing.


Conference papers:

Hussain, M. & Hill, L 2020. Special Interest Group International Students Launch. UKAT: Festival of Ideas.


Hussain, M.2020.Cultivating intercultural competency through co-created student opportunity in: Pixel International conference; The Future of Education proceedings 10th edition, University of Florence, Italy (online).


Hussain, M.2020. Internationalisation at home; nurturing intercultural student collaboration in Student success a transforming world in: Student Education Conference University of Leeds: Transforming Higher Education for the Future, University of Leeds, Leeds,13-15th January, 2020


Hussain, M.2019. Showcasing cultural insights; a gateway to increasing student diversity in Study Abroad in a transforming world in: International Association of Universities Annual Conference proceedings: Transforming Higher Education for the Future, Puebla, Mexico,13-15th November 2019


Hussain, M.2019. Co-creating cultural insights developing intercultural-competency through co-curricular student activity in: Canada International Conference for Education proceedings, University of Toronto, Mississauga, 24-27th June 2019


Hussain, M. 2019. Blended learning; the good, the bad the ugly in: European Conference for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning proceedings: Exploring new fields through scholarship of teaching and learning, Spanish University Network of University Teaching RED-U, Bilbao, 13-14th June 2019


Hussain, M.2019. Internationalisation at home; creating cultural insights in: Internationalisation at Home proceedings: Innovations in Internationalisation at Home,University of Kent, Kent, 5th April 2019


Hussain, M.2019. ‘Is what I want, what I need? ; the case of needs analysis in PG pre sessional course design; a Learning-Centred approach.’ BALEAP Annual Conference: Innovation, Exploration and Transformation, University Leeds, 12-14th April 2019: Leeds, Palgrave


Hussain, M. 2018.Assessed reflective writing; friend of foe? in: INFORM Conference proceedings: Innovative ideas for enhanced student engagement, University of Birmingham, 30th June 2018


Hussain, M.2018. The heritage speaker; an untapped resource? In: Annual Cutting Edges Conference proceedings: Cutting Edges: Language and Intercultural Education: Global Perspectives, University Canterbury, 29 June, 2018


Funded projects:

Hussain, M. 2019. Understanding challenges of ‘Internationalisation at home’efforts. Leeds Institute for Teaching Excellence (LITE) Catalyst funding.


Hussain, 2019. Internationalisation at home: Routes into fostering intercultural student collaboration. BALEAP Collaborative Practice Funding for Pilot Project,


Other scholary work:

Hill, L. & Hussain, M. (2020) International Student Special Interest Group. [Online]. Available from


Hussain, M. 2020. Don’t be afraid to be the first. University of Sheffield Doctoral Times: Doctoral student journey part1, 20 (Spring)1. [last accessed 21st April, 2020]


‘International Partners Day’ LUBS Keynote speaker, February, 2020


Leeds Institute for Teaching Excellence (LITE),  Internationalising Student Education Network Expert Panelist, 2019


Invited ICC participant, 2019 in UNESCO ‘Train the Trainer’ training my global ICC researcher Dr Deardorff


Scholarly/committee appointments:

ISET Athena Swan working group- 2020-present


Committee Member for Muslim Staff Network, 2019-present


Hill, L. & Hussain, M. (2020) International Student Special Interest Group. [Online]. Available from


Invited Expert Panelist, 2019 for Leeds Institute for Education (LITE),  Internationalising Student Education Network


External Examiner: Lincoln Business School


Journal reviewer:  Frontiers in Education Journal, April 2020-present; Journal of International Higher Education, March 2020-present



  • PhD ‘ A longitudinal critical needs analysis of international PG Business students (ongoing)
  • MA Applied Linguistics (first)
  • PGCE

Professional memberships

  • Senior Fellow of Advance HE (SFHEA)
  • BAAL
  • UK Advising and Tutoring (UKAT)
  • CABS
  • BAM

Student education

Faculty academic lead for Study Abroad

Module Leader

Personal Tutor

MSc Management and MSc Executive Leadersip  Dissertation Supervisor

PRISE Institutional Review Panellist (AFHEA-SFHEA)