Omolade Femi-Ajao

Omolade Femi-Ajao, PhD, FHEA


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I am a Lecturer developing an international profile in Global Health research, with a specific focus on improving the access of ethnic minority and immigrant women in high-income countries to existing health, social, and community services. My research interests also explore how the strengths of ethnic minority-led non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and faith-based organisations (FBOs) can be used for addressing health inequalities.

Over the last 10 years, my research focus has aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 5 (SDG -5) on Gender Equality and Women Empowerment, SDG 3 on Universal Access to healthcare globally, and SDG 10 on Reduced Inequalities.

I continue to undertake community-based action research, underpinned by Black Feminist Thought, that will practically influence policy and practice, and improve health outcomes for women from ethnic minority and immigrant groups in the UK and globally, across various health issues, including Breast cancer, and domestic violence and abuse.


Research interests


I am primarily a global health researcher with a research background in public health education & promotion, and social statistics. My research interest spans across a range of public health issues focusing on women's health, including Breast cancer and the use of digital solutions in improving the access women to health care services, as well as participation in research.

I am keen to enhance health services utilisation by people from immigrant populations in the UK, through working with healthcare professionals and service user groups to improve care pathways. Findings from my research continue to highlight a significant need for collaborative working between statutory service providers, commissioners and leaders of immigrant NGOs and Faith-based organisations.

Internationally, my research focus is on health workforce strengthening, and enhancing interprofessional collaboration.



My collaborations

Prof Jo Hart - University of Manchester

Prof Lucie Byrne-Davies - University of Manchester

Prof David Schultz - University of Manchester 


Methodological knowledge

  • Quantitative Data Analysis Using SPSS 
  • Expertise in recruitment to research studies
  • In-depth Interview Skills
  • Focused Groups Discussion Sessions
  • Thematic Analysis 
  • Community-based Participatory Action Research
  • Cross-sectional Qualitative Study Design
  • Nominal Group Technique


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

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.  


Research interests

My research interests are in the following areas:

  • Improving access to and utilisation of health services by immigrant groups
  • Involvement of immigrant NGOs and Faith-Based Organisations in Public Health Initiatives (especially domestic violence and abuse prevention initiatives)
  • Enhancing the participation of Ethnic minority women in Breast cancer research
  • Health workforce capacity strengthening in Low and Middle-Income Countries

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

University Research Ethics Committee (UREC)

I am a chair of UREC Proportionate committee. I am a permanent member of the UREC proportionate committee.


DENT 10340

POPH 62130

POPH 62411

POPH 62212

Manchester Access Programme



PhD Opportunities

I welcome enquiries from prospective students who will like to conduct research around global health issues. Particularly, women's health, oral health inequalities or in any area of my methodological expertise.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Areas of expertise

  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Public Health
  • RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures
  • Christabel Pankhurst Institute
  • Global inequalities
  • Manchester Cancer Research Centre
  • Manchester Institute of Innovation Research
  • Cancer
  • Health Inequalities


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