Bugewa Apampa joined University of East London in July 2021 as Dean of the Office of Institutional Equity, with a remit to advance an inclusive, equitable, respectful and anti-racist environment for all. Her responsibilities include leading a programme of training, engagement and practice improvement activities to improve success and foster equity.
Bugewa is a qualified pharmacist and Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. Following completion of a PhD in Pharmacology at the University of Manchester, she embarked on a 12-year career in pharmacy practice culminating in her appointment by Welwyn Hatfield Primary Care Trust as Project Director responsible for the implementation of the pharmacy contract.
In 2005, she joined the University of Kent as a Clinical Lecturer at the Medway School of Pharmacy becoming Deputy Head of School and Director of Learning & Teaching in 2007. In 2013, she was appointed Director of Pharmacy at the University of Sussex, with a responsibility to establish a new Master of Pharmacy course. In 2014, she was appointed School Director of Teaching and Learning. In both institutions, with a vision that the transformative power of education can be unleashed through a systematic and evidence-based design of teaching, learning and assessments, she led the design and development of outcomes-focused, integrated core curricula for Pharmacy based on Pareto's principle of 'focusing on the vital few, and ignoring the trivial many'.
Joining Birmingham City University in 2019, in the Access and Participation arena, she accrued wide-ranging experiences of working with staff and students across faculties, on projects designed to ensure that disadvantaged students, many of whom are from Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, realise the benefits of Higher Education.
She is one of 35 Black (African/Caribbean, 2019) British female professors in the UK. Her work has been recognised with awards such as the University of Kent Faculty of Science Teaching Prize (2012) and the University of Sussex Vice Chancellor's Teaching Excellence Award for outstanding and innovative undergraduate teaching (2017).
In March 2021, the University Alliance named Bugewa as one of the Inspirational Women of the Alliance.