Heba El-Deghaidy

A brief history of your career since leaving the University of Birmingham

After my graduation from the University of Birmingham with a PhD in Education, I returned to Egypt to start my professional career. This started with international funded projects and teaching and research in the relevant field. This then resulted in being promoted to different academic and administrative levels, culminating with the post I am currently in.

Skills and knowledge from your postgraduate degree have you used in your career so far

Time management skills and being open to diverse cultures are both vital.

Main work activities in your current role

Activities include: teaching, research and service. As an Interim Dean a major part of my job is ensuring the quality, value and suitability of academic programmes.

A typical day in your job

A typical job involves attending many meetings, passing approvals, rectifying budget issues and resolving academic issues among students and the faculty.

Main challenges in your role

Time management is always a challenge.

Why did this type of work appeal to you?

I did not anticipate to have this administrative role, but I see it as a learning experience that adds to the many previous ones I undertook as a faculty member and as a Department Chair.

Advice for students looking to enter this area of work?

In education there is always a place for everyone to make a contribution. It starts with an initial circle of influence and then always spreads beyond that.