Yousuf was born in Jarrow and grew up in Northumberland. In the late 80's his family moved down to Somerset and he has been coming down to the southwest, on and off, ever since. While living and working in Egypt in the 90's, Yousuf converted/reverted to Islam. Since that point, he has been studying, and refining his understanding of the religion.
His links with the University of Exeter go back to 2007 when he began an MEd in TESOL at the School of Education. In 2018, he moved to Exeter permanently and works at INTO. Yousuf is an active member of the city's Muslim community and has been involved in a number of Exeter Mosque activities and initiatives such as the regular open days and the ISOC study circle.
Although he has a specific focus of being a reference point for Muslim students, Yousuf is more than happy to offer a listening ear and a warm welcome to students and staff of any faith and none.
His interests include: Hanafi jurisprudence, the works of Imam al-Ghazali, the works of Basil Bunting and test match cricket.
Yousuf's outlook can best be summarised in the following Quaranic verse (3:190):
"Indeed, in the creation of the heavens and the earth and the alternation of the day and the night, there are signs for people of reason."