Abir Ahmed B.Ed., B.A., M.A., CELTA, DipHE, PGDip, SFHEA

Dubai Campus
Lecturer in Education, Arabic Language

Contact details

University of Birmingham Dubai
Dubai International Academic City
PO Box 341799
Dubai, UAE

Abir Ahmed is Lecturer in Education at the University of Birmingham and is developing the PGCE Arabic teacher training programmes in Dubai.

Abir has 15 years of academic experience in the UK Higher Education system. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has worked as external examiner to a number of British universities.

Abir is experienced in the development and introduction of Arabic language programmes for Higher Education cohorts, including online, blended and flipped learning models, and has given conference papers and teacher development workshops in these and other areas.

Abir is in the final stages of her D.Ed. thesis submission. Her research interests include teacher development in secondary and primary schools, developing intercultural competence, creativity in teaching and learning, constructivist pedagogies, assessment and feedback, and the teaching of Arabic to heritage learners.


  • MA Arabic Translation, University of Westminster, London, UK
  • PG Diploma Social Science Research Methods, University College London, (UCL)  UK
  • PG Diploma Higher Education, University of Westminster, London, UK
  • BEd English Language and Linguistics, Mansura University, Egypt
  • BA English Literature, London South Bank University (LSBU) UK
  • CELTA, Lewisham College, London, UK


Abir began working in UK Higher Education in 2005, drawing on her undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in teaching and language.

She has taught on various postgraduate and undergraduate Arabic language programmes since then and undertaken a range of academic and administrative responsibilities, including course and module leader, external examiner, conference organiser, validation panel member and invited speaker.

Abir was admitted as Senior Fellow to the UK Higher Education Academy in 2016 and has delivered workshops and conference papers in the UK to share best practice and support the development of students and teachers.

Abir is currently close to completing her doctoral research and is committed to improving Arabic teacher education through her research and professional development activities.


  • PGCE Arabic (Secondary)
  • PGCE Arabic (Primary)


Recent conference papers disseminating Abir’s doctoral research include:

‘Developing Intercultural Competence among A1 Arabic Language Learners.’ 2nd Annual Arabic Language Teaching and Learning in UK Higher Education, King’s College London, 2019.

‘Flipped Arabic Language Classes – The Learner’s Perspective.’ Arabic Language Teaching and Learning in UK Higher Education Conference. University of Leeds, 2017