Welcome to the – Islamic Relief Academy

We are the Learning and Development ‘Think Tank’ of Islamic Relief, one of the largest faith based charities.

Our mission is to build and improve capacity throughout the Islamic Relief family, whilst making a significant contribution to the whole sector, by offering a credible Islamic perspective on emergency relief and development.

Our experience in humanitarian aid, disaster relief and development work, spans over three decades, positioning us as one of the most innovative, unique and experienced providers in the sector.

The IR Academy has drawn upon this vast body of experience and harnessed its diverse knowledge base, skills and expertise, to provide a center for excellence in the development of humanitarian sector professionals.

Our principle message is ‘Acquiring Knowledge Through Learning and Sharing’.

Furthermore we will enhance our communities and the wider humanitarian sector as a whole, by identifying and developing emerging and graduate talent.

Conferences and Training


Our new development, situated on the outskirts of Birmingham City Center, offers a truly welcoming environment. Whatever your event, our contemporary, professional and comfortable atmosphere, provides the perfect venue. Read more…

‘Lifelong Learning’ Strategy


With a passion for knowledge and the desire to share what we have learned, our development initiatives have grown from strength to strength to create a robust ‘Life Long Learning Strategy’.  Read more …

Internships and Placements


The IR Academy applies the experience, expertise and global reach of the Islamic Relief family, and when you join us you’ll experience a unique Islamic perspective on emergency relief and development.

Research and Development


The Research and Development Team undertake a range of activities to produce the knowledge base upon which the Academy’s groundbreaking provision is based: producing Best Practice methodologies to inform, enhance and improve operational performance.