Dr Ridon is the DMU Dubai Provost and senior academic leading the University’s branch campus development in Dubai, UAE. In this role Dr Ridon manages the delivery of a large portfolio of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, and a high-quality student experience. As the UAE representative of the University she manages all the key stakeholder relations, including the partnership with KHDA and other UAE government departments, and other UK agencies such as the Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO), and the British Council.
Dr Ridon is also the academic legacy lead for the DMU engagement in the Dubai EXPO and in this role ensures that the University’s EXPO activity is closely aligned with the vision for the Dubai campus, and EXPO engagement is embedded in the teaching and learning and research taking place at the Dubai campus. The University will establish a permanent presence in Dubai and make a strong contribution to the UAE and the wider GCC region.
Dr Ridon’s research focuses mainly on literary and cinematic representations of myth in the literature and film of South Asian diasporic women writers and filmmakers in Canada and the USA. This specialised focus is contextualised within a wider interest in the contemporary cultural production of other ethnic and minority groups in North America, in particular the literature of African-American and Native American writers. Dr Ridon completed her PhD at the University of Nottingham and her research was fully funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the Canadian Studies Foundation in the UK.
Dr Ridon is the Arts Design and Humanities faculty lead for International with responsibility for developing international partnerships. She is also the faculty lead for Decolonising DMU – a programme which aims to reduce racial disparity and promote cultural diversity in higher education - and supporting academic activities to encourage an increased awareness of this institutional priority. Recently, she has been raising awareness of this priority in the University’s TNE activities and has delivered workshops for DMU colleagues and presented her findings at HE conferences.
Dr Ridon has more than 20 years’ experience of working in international higher education and is a specialist in Transnational Education (TNE), having worked at several universities in the UK and in positions based overseas, such as India and Uzbekistan.