The trustees of the Political Studies Association are delighted to announce that Dr Omar Khan has joined its Executive Committee as an advisor, for a three-year term.


Dr Khan will shortly take up the position of Director of TASO (Centre for Transforming Access and Student Outcomes in Higher Education) following his role as the Director of race equality think-tank, Runnymede.


Dr Khan was invited to join the Executive Committee by former Chair of trustees and PSA President Professor Angelia Wilson who said:


I am delighted to welcome Omar Khan, Director of the Centre for Transforming Access and Student Outcomes in Higher Education and former Director of the Runnymede Trust, to the PSA Executive Committee. Mr. Khan brings tremendous insight regarding access to education, particularly of BAME young people, and will undoubtedly assist the PSA as it endeavours to be more inclusive of diverse voices studying politics.”


Professor Roger Awan-Scully, the new Chair of the PSA said of the appointment: 


"It is terrific for the PSA that we have been able to bring Omar Khan on board. Omar will contribute to our decision-making processes a wealth of valuable skills and experience. As the new PSA Chair, I am particularly looking to learning from Omar about how we can become an organisation that more fully represents and responds to the diversity of our communities.


 Professor Claire Dunlop the PSA’s new Vice Chair said:


“We are honoured to have Omar on board. I know the whole PSA community will benefit hugely from Omar's many years’ experience of high-level international policy and civil society engagement.

Moreover, his work in higher education - most obviously as a REF assessor in 2014 and 2021 - ensures he understands the academic context and the challenges and opportunities we face on the ground. I look forward to working with this impressive change maker.”


Dr Omar Khan added:

"I am honoured and pleased to join the PSA executive. In both my previous and my new role I have been committed to using the best evidence to inform policy, especially for under-represented and disadvantaged groups. I look forward to learning from and contributing to the PSA’s vital educational and professional aims, and working with the executive committee to ensure its contribution has the widest possible benefit.