Harjinder Kaur

Colleges, School and Institutes


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.

Research interests


  • 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


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


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.

Kaur-Aujla, H., Dunkley, N., & Ewens, A. (2021). Embedding race equality into nursing programmes: Hearing the student voice. Nurse Education Today, 102, 104932. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2021.104932


  1. Pending review/ publication:-


Kaur- Aujla, H and Dr. Lillie, K (2021) Prognosticating Covid- 19 Therapeutic Responses: A Bottomless Pit of Ambiguous Loss and Disenfranchised Grief." has been successfully submitted online and is presently being given full consideration for publication in OMEGA - Journal of Death and Dying.

Professional Qualifications

  • Post Graduate Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, CBT

    9 Sep 2008 - 4 Apr 2009
  • Registered Mental Health Nurse , RMHN

    4 Apr 2005 - 4 Apr 2007