Fobzu and CAABU present

Leila Ingrams Memorial Webinar


Covid-19 and Higher Education in Palestine




Dr Weeam Hammoudeh, Birzeit University

Dr Refa' Remahi, Birzeit University

Mariam Eideh, Birzeit University



Chair: Omar Shweiki, Fobzu Director

6.30pm, Thursday 25th March




The inaugural Leila Ingrams Memorial Webinar is held to commemorate the life of a leading campaigner for Palestinian rights and advocate for British-Arab understanding, and promote the Doreen and Leila Ingrams Scholarship. The scholarship was established in 2004 to support women students with special educational needs studying at Birzeit University. This event is co-sponsored by the Council for Arab British Understanding (CAABU) of which Leila Ingrams was an active member and Doreen Ingrams, her mother was a co-founder.

Covid-19 continues to have a major impact on Palestinians living under occupation. Already struggling with a deteriorating political and economic situation, Covid-19 has introduced new challenges and exacerbated pre-existing structural oppression. In March 2020, all schools, universities and education facilities were closed in the occupied West Bank and Gaza to prevent the spread of Covid-19, with teaching rapidly moving to remote learning. With contributions from senior faculty and the student body at Birzeit University, this webinar explores the impact Covid-19 has had on Palestinian higher education and how Palestinian students and faculty are working to overcome these challenges.

To find out more about the Doreen & Leila Ingrams Scholarship Fund and to make a donation, click here.

Dr Refa' Remahi is Assistant professor of Mathematics Education, Director of Academic Development Unit and Director of Master Program in Education at Birzeit University. Her reserch focuses on pedagogical content knowledge and special education.

Dr Weeam Hammoudeh is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Community and Public Health, and coordinator of the mental health unit at Birzeit University. Her research focuses on the social, political, and structural determinants of health and wellbeing, particularly in conflict contexts.

Mariam Eideh is a fourth-year student at Birzeit University majoring in English Literature.

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