Richard Borowski


After my first degree I worked as a Research and Development Scientist for Courtaulds plc for six years before becoming a secondary teacher. I taught at Countesthorpe College in Leicestershire for three years before taking up a post as a teacher and teacher trainer with Skill Share Africa in Mozambique. On my return to the UK I spent seventeen years working in Development Education as a teaching resources writer and publisher and as a teacher trainer.

In 2007 I joined the University of Leeds Centre for African Studies as their Schools Project Coordinator. Since then I have been recruiting and training African postgraduates at the University of Leeds to deliver African Voices activity days in local primary schools about contemporary Africa. In addition, I have conducted research into the perceptions of young people about Africa and its peoples. 


  • Schools Project Coordinator, University of Leeds Centre for African Studies


  • MA Development Studies (University of Leeds)
  • PGCE (University of Leicester)
  • BSc Chemistry (University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne)

Student education

I was a module manager for the School of Education.

From 2012 until 2020 I also taught on a taught postgraduate module about global learning in UK primary schools.

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for African Studies