Arif Mahmud

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Personal profile


Dr Arif Mahmud is a Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Roehampton, School of Education and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA). 

Arif graduated from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS, University of London) with a BA in Arabic and Islamic Studies. After graduating, he obtained a Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) and taught in various higher educational institutions around the world, including in North Africa, South Asia and the Middle East. He completed his MA in Education (Psychology) at UCL (Institute of Education, University of London). Arif completed his PhD at Middlesex University, with his thesis focusing on the role of emotional intelligence in the development of adolescents’ social and emotional abilities and academic performance.


Research projects

Mahmud, A. (Principal Investigator). (2023-2024). Exploring the impact of racial trauma on young refugee people. Southlands Methodist Trust.

Mahmud, A. (Principal Investigator). (2023-2024). Evaluating the impact of Scouting that has been designed to be attractive for young Muslims - for young people, adult volunteers, families and communities. The Scouts Association.

Mahmud, A. (Principal Investigator), Sossick, M., Lindstrom, N., & Ghaffar, F. (2023). Participatory explorations of Global Majority Initial Teacher Education/Training students experiences. Roehampton University Seed Funding. 

Mahmud, A. (Co-Investigator) & Gordon, A. (2021-2022). Intent or content transforming the curriculum? Epistemic Insights with Initial Teacher Education students. Templeton World Charity Fund.

Billingsley, B., Abrahams, I., Gordon, A., Hopkins, P., Ingram, N., Mahmud, A. (Co-Investigator), Parvin, J., & Winter, J. (2021-2021). Essential experiences in science: Addressing the gap in primary enquiry-based practical science created by lockdown and aiding school recovery. UKRI.

Loades, M., Wasil., A., DeRubeis, R., James, A., Chan, Stella., Mahmud, A. (Co-Investigator), Pile, V., Robinson, L., Higson-Sweeney, N. (2021-2022). Study Protocol: Online Wellness Intervention for Univeristy Students – Investigating the Efficacy of the Common Elements Toolbox in the UK. 

Mahmud, A. (Principal Investigator). (2019). Higher Education and societal transformation: Decolonisation and racial equality. Newton Fund.

Hoskins, S., Gagnon, J., & Mahmud, A. (Senior Research Associate). (2017-2019). Changing Mindsets: Reducing stereotype threat and implicit bias as barriers to student success. Office for Students.

Research interests

Social and Emotional Learning and Teaching

Mental health and wellbeing of young people

Addressing inequalities in education

Anti-Racism in Higher Education

Muslim educational experiences

Educational interventions


PhD Education

MA Education (Psychology)

BA Arabic and Islamic Studies

Professional affiliations

Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)

British Education Research Association (BERA)

Society of Research in Higher Education (SRHE)

British Psychological Society (BPS) 

British Sociological Association (BSA)

Gender and Education Association (GEA)


Programme Lead MA Education

Social and emotional dimensions of education and wellbeing

Inequalities in education 

Social and educational research 

External positions

Associate Editor, British Journal of Educational Psychology

Editorial Board, Educational Research and Evaluation

Race Equity Consultant, MA Consultancy Ltd

Advisory Board, McPin Foundation

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