Professor Rowena Arshad OBE

Rowena joined the EIS in 1991. At a national level, she was a member of the EIS ad hoc committee on multicultural and antiracist policy monitoring and vice-convener of the EIS antiracist committee. She has been a prominent EIS delegate to the STUC conference of black workers in Scotland and was the EIS nominated member on the STUC race equality committee. Rowena was also the first women’s black workers’ member of the STUC general council. 

Her career saw her become head of school of education at the University of Edinburgh in 2013, from where she retired. 

On receiving her FEIS Rowena remarked on how satisfying it was for her to be recognised by her union, where so much of her lifelong commitment to social justice and racial equality had found an echo.