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Arif Mahmud is a Lecturer in Education Studies 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. In 2013, he completed his MA in Education (Psychology) at UCL (Institute of Education, University of London). Arif completed his PhD in 2018 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.

Previously, Arif worked at the University of Portmsouth as a Senior Research Associate for the "Changing Mindsets" project funded by the OfS. The project was a student and staff workshop-based intervention designed to explore learners' implicit theories of intelligence and to reduce stereotype threat and implicit bias as barriers to student success.



PhD Education

MA Education (Psychology)

BA Arabic and Islamic Studies

Research interests

Social and Emotional Learning  

Mental health 

Addressing inequalities in education

Anti-Racism in Higher Education

Muslim educational experiences

Educational interventions


Social and emotional dimensions of teaching and learning

Child development and educational practice

Inequalities in education 

Developmental phases and education

Pastoral care, behaviour and learning in schools


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