Amatey Doku

Amatey Doku


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Amatey is an experienced communicator with a passion for public policy. He has worked with senior leaders across higher education at a government, sector and university level. He enjoys tackling difficult problems and encouraging others to think outside the box. He also champions the need for qualitative experiences to be at the heart of an evidenced-based approach to solutions. Outside of Nous, Amatey has a strong interest in tackling structural inequalities as well as a keen advocate for music and the arts.

Influential work

  • Led a joint project – alongside Universities UK, the representative body for UK universities – to address the black-and-minority ethnic (BME) attainment gap, resulting in the groundbreaking #ClosingTheGap report, with clear recommendations for the higher education sector.
  • Worked with various sector bodies; including the Office for Students, the Quality Assurance Agency and the UK Standing Committee for Quality Assessment; to reconcile divergent approaches to Quality Standards across the UK in the new Quality Code
  • Worked with the UPP Foundation as part of its Civic University Commission, leading to several key recommendations and cross-party buy-in from various political parties.

Outside of Nous

Prior to joining Nous, Amatey was Deputy President of the National Union of Students, leading on higher education policy. In that role he was a member of numerous higher education sector agency boards including the Quality Assurance Agency, the Higher Education Statistics Agency and the Office of the Independent Adjudicator. He led on the publication of a ground-breaking report into the BME attainment gap, alongside Universities UK. He is also a Non-executive Director of Advance HE.

Prior to joining the National Union of Students, Amatey was President of Cambridge University Students’ Union, leading on the union’s external relations and overhauling the organisation’s governance structures. In that capacity he was nominated as a Trustee of the University of Cambridge.

Amatey holds a Batchelor of Arts in Human, Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge.

In his spare time...

Amatey enjoys reading, listening to smooth jazz, keeping up with UK politics, playing keyboard in a band and singing choral music with a London choir.