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Roshan Doug

Roshan Doug

An informed and experienced speaker who illuminates curriculum issues with his lively personality

Roshan has over 30 years experience of English teaching, both in this country and abroad. He has taught in private language schools in Europe, London and Oxford, in grammar schools and state institutions, as well as universities and FE colleges.

Roshan has worked in Athens, Beijing and Delhi for a range of organisations including the Arts Council of Great Britain and the British Council. In Britain he has given very successful talks/papers to educational and training organisations including Cambridge and Oxford universities, private schools and a range of museums and art galleries.

Roshan has had past experience of being a head of English, EFL, Functional Skills, and a professor in English at BCU. He has coordinated the teaching and delivery of a number of teaching courses including PGCE, Cert Ed and DET. Roshan has also taught undergraduates as well as postgraduates on MA and Ph.D. programmes. His specialist subjects are curriculum design, the teaching of English and the politics and nature of education.

As a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a former AQA examiner, Roshan has an excellent insight into some of the most pertinent issues affecting education today. He is also a BBC critic and online columnist for the Times Educational Supplement, writing on a wide range of subjects related to teaching and learning and classroom practice. His most recent areas of workshops/talks have been the delivery of Functional Skills, mental health and the effective embedding of literacy, E&D and British values in the curriculum. He is often invited to deliver keynote speeches and workshops at education conferences.

Roshan was appointed Birmingham Poet Laureate in 2000.

Testimonials from Teachers

"Roshan Doug is a passionate speaker who enthuses his audience with insights/differing perspectives on issues and current affairs affecting education and the wider world. He is very interesting, intelligent and entertaining to listen to because he brings with him a wealth of teaching experience, specialist knowledge and cultural/historical reference points. He draws very effectively on his cultural background to enhance and highlight his observations. Roshan is a fresh, confident and engaging performer. I would recommend him to any organisation interested in hiring him as a public speaker or INSET trainer."

– Derek Underhill, Former Head of English, Dudley College

"I would like to highly recommend the services of Dr Roshan Doug as a motivational speaker. He delivered a motivational talk to our teaching staff at our annual ‘inspire day’ and proved himself to be forward thinking, inspirational and extremely knowledgeable in the subject of how to motivate students in the 16-19 age range. He included tips, anecdotes, techniques and pedagogy surrounding motivational teaching with ease. He was able to seamlessly integrate his many years of teaching experience into his motivational talk which was highly original and well organised."

– Samantha Edwards, HR Training & Development Officer

"Dr Roshan Doug is a lecturer, published poet and a political and cultural commentator who I have known for over twenty years. He is particularly good at amplifying issues relating to the National Curriculum such as Equality and Diversity and British values – topics which are prominent in today’s schools’ curriculum. Dr Doug recently judged a poetry competition for the University of Birmingham’s Black History Month Programme. He was an engaging and informative speaker particularly around the issue and relevance of Black History in contemporary society. A wonderful speaker and raconteur."

– Beverley Maynard, Race Equality Charter Project Officer, Strategy & Policy, Human Resources​

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