Harjinder Kaur-Aujla


School of Health and Social Care

I have worked within various disciplines across the voluntary, statutory and private sector to develop practice with vulnerable clients including domestic violence, older adults, housing, challenging behaviour, and mental health.

I have also worked in various clinical specialties within the NHS namely forensic mental health/learning difficulties, acute care, psychiatric liaison, addictions and crisis mental health teams.

My commitment to equality work has been lifelong initially rooted in community development work for a Race Equality Council. In later years I achieved a Keele Excellence Award for her role as BAME Staff Network Lead/ School Equalities Lead in 2018.

I have participated in Athena Swan and Race Equality Charter processes during this time. I am currently involved in the European Recognition and Education in Violence, Abuse and Neglect for Medical and Healthcare Practitioners (REVAMP) project. I remain actively involved in equality forums at Staffordshire University to promote the Race Equality Charter and further the Decolonisation agenda.

I have appeared on South Asian media programmes talking about mental health and impact on South Asian families. I have made international links to fund raise in India during Covid and built good relationships abroad.

Professional memberships and activities

  • Registered with the BABCP as a psychotherapist.
  • Registered with the NMC as a teacher

Academic qualifications

  • PhD- School of Psychology, Keele University (In Progress)
  • MSc in Advancing Practice- Bham University
  • PGCHP- Stafford University
  • Postgraduate CBT course – Coventry University
  • Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing with Distinction- University of Central England
  • BA (Hons) Psychology and Sociology- Wolverhampton University


I am currently undertaking a PhD with School of Psychology, Keele University, exploring Domestic Violence and Abuse in Sikh families.

Research interests

  • REVAMP- European DVA Project
  • Domestic Violence and Abuse in the South Asian/ Sikh Community
  • Race Equality Research
  • NGO’s in India


Course Lead for BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing


Aujla, H (2009) Helping women break through the glass ceiling: Harjinder Aujla asks if female nurses are given sufficient opportunities to undertake post-registration education and training programmes. Nursing Management. 2009 Mar 1;15(10):12-3.

Kaur- Aujla, H, Shain, F and Dr Lilley, A. (2019). A Gap Exposed: What is Known About Sikh victims of Domestic Violence Abuse (DVA) and their mental health? European Journal of Mental Health, 14(1), 179 -189.

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