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Professor Emmanuel Idowu

Head of School of Nursing & Healthcare

Faculty/Dept/School School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership
(Faculty of Health Studies)
Telephone +441274 238068


Emmanuel Idowu is a Professor of Healthcare Leadership and Head of School, Nursing and Healthcare Leadership. 

Prior to starting at the University of Bradford in 2021 , Professor Idowu worked at Anglia Ruskin University UK, University of Brighton UK, London South Bank University UK, University of London UK and National Health Service (NHS) UK. He has significant public sector professional experiences, with over 30 years of managing and developing range of diverse and complex healthcare services, clinical education, and staff development in the health services in the United Kingdom (UK) and Qatar. In the UK, he worked as an independent management consultant in Primary Care Trusts in London and West Midlands. In these roles, he undertook, and managed projects concerned with healthcare reform for managing long-term conditions. Having worked in the capacity of a Clinical Director, Head of Department, Senior Lecturer, Prof Idowu has gained wide experiences in the field of clinical education, management and leading multidisciplinary team of academics and clinical professionals. During these times, he fully appreciated and participated in joint working and partnerships with other international organizations.


Doctorate in Business Administration Teesside University, UK

MSc Human Resource Development and Performance Management, University of Leicester, Leicester, UK

MA Strategic Human Resources, University of Westminster, London, UK

PG Dip. Philosophy of Medicine, Society of Apothecaries of London, UK

PG Dip. Health Research, University of Greenwich, London, UK

PG Dip. Health Care Ethics, King’s College University of London, UK

PG Dip. Health Service Management, Greenwich School of Management London, UK

PG Cert. Teaching and Learning for Professional Practice, Anglia Ruskin University, UK

PG Cert. Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, University of Westminster London, UK

BSc (Hons) Specialist Practice in Community Care, University of Surrey, Surrey, UK

BA (Hons) Practitioner Leadership, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK

Diploma Human Resource Management, University of Leicester, Leicester, UK

Independent Prescriber (V300) Level 6 - 30 Credits, London South Bank University UK.

Training and Seminars attended (Selected)

Certificate in Addressing Alcohol and Drug Problems with your Patients: Doing it Skillfully, Effectively, and Comfortably -  University of Missouri, School of Medicine, Colorado, USA.

Certificate in Ethics for Research -  Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative of University of Florida, USA.

Leadership for Quality Improvement –  (Department of Health Grant, Improvement Foundation, UK).

External Fellowships and Affiliations

Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy UK (SFHEA).

Certified Management & Business Educator UK (CMBE)

Fellow, Royal Society for Public Health UK (FRSPH).

Fellow, Institute of Leadership and Management UK (FInstLM).

Fellow, Institute of Health Management UK (FIHM).

Member, British Academy of Management, UK

City and Guilds Graduateship Senior Managers Award (GCGI) UK – (Founder Member).

Previous Activities, Examinerships and Senior Appointments   

2010 – 2014, External Assessor, Institute of Healthcare Management (IHM) UK, Fellowship award.

2010 – 2014, External Assessor, IHM Recognition, Professional Validation and Approved Provider Schemes UK.

2010 – 2014, External Assessor, IHM Post Graduate Certificate and Diploma in Leadership for Healthcare.

2011 – 2014 World Health Organization recognized mentor for Leadership Improvement (Leadership Development in the State of Qatar).

2009 – 2013 School Governor, Greenwich Council, London, UK.

2006 – 2010 Reviewer for Mott MacDonald International UK, monitoring quality standards and approving health education programmes in England, Scotland and Wales Universities.

2009 – 2011 Non-Executive Member, National Health Services Security Management Service and Counter Fraud Services UK.

External Experience

2018 – 2023, External Member – Cranfield University UK Research Ethics Committee. Representing the general interests of research participants and other stakeholders who take part in, or are otherwise affected by research conducted by staff and students at the University.

2018 – 2022, External Examiner Arden University UK

2021 -  Till date, Sessional Tutor, Centre for Medical Education, School of Medicine, University of Dundee, Scotland UK.

2016 – 2020, Chief External Examiner University of Chester, UK.

2017 – 2020, External Examiner Glyndwr University, Wales UK.

2015 – 2019, External Examiner (Professional Doctorate) Keele University UK.


As a researcher, he focuses on issues of organization, performance, leadership and healthcare ethics. Currently, Prof Idowu research examines organizational culture theory and the determinants of workplace performance in the healthcare organization. In particular, he's interested in the implications and applications of these determinants in organizational behaviour and performance. He is also interested in the theme of the ‘dominant organizational logic’ as a means of understanding the relationship between organizational culture and organizational performance.

Research and Academic interests

Applied Leadership and Management Theory.

Nature of Leadership Development.

Organizational Culture theory and the determinants of Workplace Performance.

Organizational Logic.

Sense Making in the Healthcare Organizations.

Ethical Challenges in Organization.

Theoretical Approaches to Medical Ethics and Philosophy of Medicine.

Prof Idowu would be pleased to consider supervising Master and PhD students with the following research interests/topics:

Leadership in the healthcare

Organizational culture and behaviour

Sense making in the organization

Ethical and authentic leadership

Philosophy of Medicine

Editorial Board

Reviewer – Journal of Management Research (Macro think Institute).

Reviewer – Journal of Case studies in Business and Management.

Selected Publications 

Idowu, O.E. (2017). Understanding Organisational Culture and Organisational Performance: Are They Two Sides of the Same Coin? Journal of Management Research, Vol. 9, No. 1. (ISSN 1941-899X).

Idowu, O.E. (2016). Positivism versus Interpretivism: Fire-war on the Methodological Approach in the Study of Organisational Culture. International Journal of Human Resource Studies, Vol. 6 No. 4. (ISSN 2162-3058).

Idowu, O. E. (2016). Criticisms, Constraints and Constructions of Case Study Research Strategy. Asian Journal of Business and Management, Vol. 4 No. 5. (ISSN 2321-2802).


Teaching interests

Approach to teaching

Prof Emmanuel Idowu is passionate about pedagogy with an outstanding track record in teaching and management. He is committed to providing high quality teaching that ensure students take an active role in their learning, in addition to identifying opportunities for improvement of the student experiences. He thrives in the invigoration of effective learning tools and the inception of new models for learning and assessment. He has a wide range of teaching and teaching related experiences across the key areas of leadership, philosophy of medicine and research methodologies.