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Arif Mahmud is a Lecturer in Education Studies at the University of Roehampton, School of Education and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the UK

Arif graduated from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS, University of London) in 2010 with a BA in Arabic. 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 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)

Research interests

Emotional Intelligence 

Implicit theories of intelligence 

Mental health 

Addressing inequalities in education

Higher Education

Race in Higher Education

Muslim experiences

Educational interventions


Ethical Dilemmas, Rights and Responsibilites in Education

Social and Emotional Dimensions of Teaching and Learning

Research Methods

Aims of Education in the 21st Century

Child development and educational practice

Inequalities in Education 

Research Output