For displaying selfless leadership with a collaborative approach, exerting enormous effort to motivate and support colleagues, especially ECRs
Muhammad supports a large team of early and advanced career colleagues by providing constructive feedback, effective guidance, and sharing of resources and external academic / industrial connections to promote their career growth. This has led to significant successful external grant capture, industrially funded studentships and recognitions for his colleagues across the University. Muhammad has extensive collaborations within the School of Engineering and beyond, and has shared these networks to allow opportunities for others to progress or lead on many projects. This cross-University working was reflected in multiple nominations and endorsements from his School, research group and other Colleges.
David Cumming (Head of School of Engineering) commented that “Muhammad leads by example to create an exceptionally collegial environment for his team and University colleagues. He has shared his research equipment, lab facilities and space, personal and industrial contacts as well as his valuable research experiences, unconditionally. His support to early career colleagues is commendable. In many instances, he has put the interest of his research team and colleagues well above his individual benefit (e.g. opening up his lab facilities, sharing self-funded and externally funded PhD studentships). He is approachable and trustworthy for all colleagues.”
In all his successful bids, there is a substantive share allocated to early and mid-career staff, demonstrating an inclusive and supportive approach. His publications also demonstrate wide ranging collaborations with colleagues, as well as sharing and co-supervision of funded and industrially sponsored PhD students with colleagues.
Muhammad demonstrates exceptional inclusivity in his group with members from 21 different nationalities, many different levels of seniority, more than 60% from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups and five female colleagues. His group thus acts as a beacon for equality, diversity and integration. He has actively supported his colleagues in public engagement: Women in Engineering; Athena SWAN; links with high school and primary school students, including the Scotland STEM Academy.
A member of his research group commented that he is ‘highly respected by all team members, by supporting the team closely whilst still enabling them to work independently, leading to high morale. Muhammad will always make time for his staff and students, and he will always listen attentively. Muhammad sets high standards for the team to have the best outcome, but supports it fully in doing this.’