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Kelly Rogers 
Head of School: Higher Education

I joined South & City College Birmingham as a lecturer in 2009, was promoted to Career Academy Manager in 2012, Curriculum Manager in 2013 and Programme Area Leader in 2015. I began my current role as Head of School of Higher Education in 2017.

Prior to joining the further education sector, I had spent 10 years in industry in the travel sector, both leisure and corporate, working for companies such as Thomas Cook and American Express.

My higher education was obtained at the University of Birmingham where I read for a BSc in Tourism Management (2004), a CertEd in Further Education Teaching (2006) and an EdD in Leaders and Leadership in Education (2020).

Farah Al-Sallami
Lecturer: Engineering - Higher Education

I joined South & City College Birmingham as a lecturer in Electrical / Electronic Engineering in 2019. I have been teaching in HE since 2011.

I received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Electrical/Communication Engineering in 2007 and 2011, respectively. I joined Coventry University, as a researcher, to work toward the Ph.D. degree at the Institute for Future Transport and Cities in 2018. I had worked with Coventry University as a Ph.D. teaching assistant in 2018.

My current research interests include applications of visible light communication, such as vehicular communication systems and localization/positioning systems.

Mark Chater
Lecturer: HE Automotive Engineering

I joined the college in 2011 as a further education lecturer teaching Motor Vehicle Level 1, 2 and 3. I then moved over to higher education lecturing for Automotive Engineering at levels 4 and 5.

Prior to joining the college, I taught Motor Vehicle at Queensbridge School (a secondary school of education) for five years. I also have over 25 years of motor vehicle industry background, some of this running my own business.

My higher education was obtained at Birmingham City University, where I gained a CertEd in Further Education Teaching (2009).

Mark Elvins (BA, MSc, MBPsS)
Lecturer: Sport – Higher Education

I joined South & City College Birmingham in 2012, as a Sport and Public Services lecturer. In 2015, I began teaching on higher education programmes for Public Services, Sport and Exercise Science, and Sport Coaching.

Before joining the college, I spent four years working as a fitness consultant and personal trainer, after which I spent three years working in a secondary school.

Higher education qualifications:

  • BA PE, Sport studies & Education Studies
  • MSc in Sport & Exercise Psychology
  • Diploma in teaching lifelong learning (DTLLS) and QTLS

I also have graduate status for chartered membership with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a professional membership with the British Association for Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES).

Nilam Sultan

Nilam Sultan has over 20 years of teaching in Higher Education in both the UK and overseas institutions having started her career as a professional accountant in East Africa, South Africa, and the Middle East.

She has also taught on Professional Qualifications such as ACCA, CIMA and ABE at Level 6 and Level 7. Her experience has been to teach from Level 5 to 7 – undergraduate and postgraduate degrees as a Lecturer.

Nilam comes from Tanzania in East Africa but gained her education in both the UK and India. She is passionate about serving the less fortunate, and in her spare time works passionately on educational and microfinance, economic upliftment projects particularly for females in Tanzania, Malawi, Iraq, Ghana to name a few. She also served for over 5 years as the Chair of the Council of European Jamaats which provides secular and religious education across Europe for national boards.

Simon Edwards
Lecturer: Sports - Higher Education

I joined South & City College Birmingham as a lecturer in 2014, where I worked in the Sports department teaching Sports BTEC levels 1, 2 and 3 and Personal Training level 2/3. In 2016, I began my current role as Sports Lecturer in Higher Education, teaching across our two Sports degree programmes.

Prior to joining the further education sector, I spent eight years in industry working in the health and wellbeing sector, working for companies such as Virgin Active, David Lloyd, Nuffield and Fitness First. During university, I was also lucky enough to work for BT Sport and Worcester Warriors Rugby as a performance analyst.

My higher education was obtained at Worcester University where I read for a BSc in Sports Coaching Science and Development (2015), a DET in Further Education Teaching (2017) and, through Newman University, an Mres in Human Sciences (2020).

Stella Smith
Lecturer: Early Years - Higher Education

I joined South & City College Birmingham this year (2020) as a HE lecturer in Early Years. Prior to this I was a tutor and assessor in Level 2-6 Early Years and Education-based Apprenticeships for five years.

Before joining the further education sector, I had spent several years as part of an Early Years management team, working in day nurseries and childcare facilities in and around the Birmingham area. I have also worked abroad teaching English to school pupils in Austria.

My educational history is varied. I completed a BA Hons in German studies at the University of Wales, Swansea in 2012. Following this I attended the University of Worcester, obtaining my Early Years Professional Status and QTS in the Early Years in 2013. Since then, I have achieved a Certificate in Higher Education Teaching and Learning (2018) through Anglia Ruskin University as well as being awarded a Fellowship for the Higher Education Academy (HEA). I am currently in my final year of study for my Masters Degree in Education (Early Years) through the Centre for Research in Early Childhood (CREC).

Phil Hunt – Main Grade Lecturer

I joined the college as a lecturer in 2000, originally teaching at St Philips 6th Form Centre. After several years I moved to the Construction Centre in Bordesley Green, teaching on the level 3, 4 and 5 programmes. Two years ago, the section moved to the Bournville campus to teach all higher education levels in Construction, Civil Engineering and Building Services Engineering (course tutor for all BSE groups from HNC to Degree).

Prior to joining the further education sector, I spent 22 years in industry, working in the mechanical engineering sector at various places in the Birmingham area.

I have a CertEd in Further Education Teaching from UCE, MBA in Business Administration from Wolverhampton University and a MSc in Energy and Sustainable Building Design from De Montfort University.

Helen McDonald
Course Leader: Healthcare Practice

I joined the college in 2010 as a lecturer in Level 3 Health & Social Care and, since 2019, a lecturer in HE Healthcare Practice.

I trained as an adult nurse and children’s nurse and worked in the NHS for many years. This involved working in a variety of settings, including intensive care, liver transplant and infectious diseases. I have also been employed at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham and Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

I have a BSC (hons) in Nursing Studies (2002) and a level 5 Diploma Education and training (2016).

Ishrat Shaheen Ali
Lecturer: Early Years

I joined South and City College in 2018 as an Early Years lecturer and have led the HND in Early Years. I completed my higher education at Newman University with a First in Working with Children, Young People & Families and have recently completed my teacher training. My specialist subject of Working with Children, Young People & Families covered key modules such as Safeguarding & Child Protection, Overcoming Inequalities in Society and Working with Domestic Abuse & Harm.

My work experience gives me an additional advantage of understanding the key attributes and skills needed to work within the early years sector. I have spent nine years within early years and primary education. In 2013 I was a higher-level teaching assistant, where I covered classes and groups for PPA cover. I have worked across nursery, reception and key stage 1 and 2. It was particularly rewarding to assist SEN and EAL children, using differentiation to reinforce their learning successfully.

Jag Sihre
Course Tutor: HNC/HND in Civil Engineering

I joined South & City College Birmingham as a Visiting Lecturer in 2002 and became a Main Grade Lecturer in 2003. In 2007, I gained my teaching qualification - a CertEd in Further Education Teaching.

After graduating with BSc (Hons) in Civil & Structural Engineering, I worked as a graduate design engineer with Severn Trent Water Authority. I then spent 15 years with Amec Construction Ltd, progressing from Senior Engineer to Construction Manager on multi-million-pound construction projects.

I gained my associate membership of the Institute of Civil Engineers (1982). From 1986-1987 I was seconded to work as a Bridge / Structural Engineer with Ove Arup and Partners on the Paradise Circus Development and the Convention Centre.

Jean White
Lecturer: Business Higher Education

I joined the college as a further education lecturer in 2010, teaching levels 1, 2 and 3 on the BTEC Business courses. I began teaching on the Business Higher Education programmes in 2012.

Prior to joining the further education sector, I had spent approximately 16 years in industry working in the tertiary sector, both leisure and corporate; these included companies such as West Midlands Training and West Midlands Arts.

My higher education was obtained at the University of Central England, Birmingham, where I read for a BA in Business Administration in 2004 and obtained a CertEd in Further Education Teaching in 2008 at the University of Birmingham. I also received the QTLS teaching status (Qualified Teacher Learning & Skills) in 2012.

Joycelyn St Juste
Main Grade Lecturer: Further and Higher Education

I started working at City College (now South & City College Birmingham) in 1993 as a full-time lecturer. I have taught on a variety of programmes including Teacher Training, NEBS Management and Business Administration.

Prior to embarking on my career in education I worked in industry in both the public and private sector as an administrator and personal assistant. I have also contributed to the voluntary sector as a board member for a charitable organisation.

My higher education was obtained at Birmingham City University (formerly UCE) where I undertook a BA Hons in Business, CertEd in Further Education and Post Grad Diploma in Education and Professional Development.

Katie Salmons
Lecturer: Higher Education

I joined the college as a Prince’s Trust Team Leader in 2003, delivering Key Skills and Personal Development qualifications. Then as a lecturer, I continued to teach further education students, specialising in Business Enterprise and vocational qualifications.

I began my current role as HE Lecturer in 2016 teaching on the Foundation Degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management. I have been predominantly teaching in the areas of Human Resources Management, Marketing, Events Planning and Operations.

I graduated from Plymouth University in 1999, after studying International Tourism Management, and gained QTLLS in 2009. Prior to joining the further education sector, I was a Senior Project Manager at Groundwork Birmingham for four years, where I gained extensive experience in human resource management, training and development, leadership and project management.