Saima Nomaan FHEA, M.Eng, MA TESOL, PGD TEFL, HarvardX HETC

Saima Nomaan

Dubai Campus
Teaching Fellow (English For Academic Purposes - EAP)

Contact details

+971 4 4280747

Saima Nomaan is a Teaching Fellow in English for Academic Purposes and Study Skills at the University of Birmingham in Dubai. She has over 16 years of teaching experience in the fields of TEFL/TESOL, and has taught a wide range of Applied Linguistics, English language, ESP, EAP, and General Education courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels of education in Pakistan, UK and the Middle East.

Her instructional prowess is also demonstrated excellence in academic program development and student growth initiatives. Saima is skilled in employing modern teaching methodologies, integrating educational technology, and fostering a project based learning environment that aligns with industry standards. Her role in the academic community is further enhanced by her contributions to research and content reviewing, reflecting her commitment to continuous professional development and educational leadership.


  • Ed.D. in TESOL, University of Exeter (Ongoing)
  • MA in TESOL Studies (Aston University, Birmingham, UK, 2013)
  • MA English Literature & Language (Fatima Jinnah Women University, Pakistan, 2004)
  • PGD Applied Linguistics (TEFL), (Allama Iqbal Open University, Pakistan, 2010)
  • PGD College Management, PIMS, Pakistan, 2009)
  • BA (Hons), (University of The Punjab, Pakistan, 1994)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2020)
  • HarvardX Higher Education Teaching Certificate (2020)
  • Advanced TEFL Certificate, UK. (2013)


Saima Nomaan holds dual Masters in TESOL Studies and English Language & Literature, complemented by postgraduate diplomas in TEFL and College Management. Certified by UK TEFL and a Harvard Higher Education Teaching Certificate holder, she is recognized as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK. With over 16 years of international experience in teaching and research, Saima is also a Microsoft Faculty Fellow skilled in instructional technology and E-learning. Her career includes roles at the Allama Iqbal Open University, Pakistan, Higher Colleges of Technology, UAE, and Canadian University Dubai, UAE, where she embraced leadership and developed interactive curricula. Her primary interests include educational research, Educational Technology and the practical application of technological tools to facilitate active learning, develop interactive curriculum, and teacher professional development. Currently, as a doctoral researcher at the University of Exeter, UK, Saima contributes to educational research and actively presents at global conferences, underscoring her commitment to educational technology and teacher development.


Saima Nomaan's teaching portfolio features a broad spectrum of specialized courses, melding foundational English for Academic Purposes with targeted English modules for sectors such as Business, Architecture, Health Sciences, Engineering, and Communications. Her curriculum delivery includes enhanced skills in Critical Reading, Argumentative Writing, and various Research Methodologies. She's adept in English Language Teaching (ELT), from ESP to Advanced English, and excels in developing Professional Communication, Life & Future Skills, and Scientific Research capabilities. Saima's commitment is further highlighted in her role in preparing students for IELTS and EmSat, as well as in nurturing their Presentation Skills through focused workshops and teaching practices.


Saima Nomaan's research interests include critical issues in ELT, teacher professional development, workplace/educational policies, professional identity and issues involving race, gender, and ethnicity concerning the power and imperialism of the English language around the world.

Other activities

Saima Nomaan has actively engaged in volunteer work and professional development beyond her teaching career. She notably contributed to nutritional welfare as a Health and Nutrition coordinator with the Pakistan Navy Women's Association, impacting the lives of hundreds of young children. Her linguistic support to Romanian migrants and her organisational role in the Higher Colleges of Technology's Ramadan Initiative reflect her dedication to community service, earning her commendable recognition.

Her pursuit of continuous learning is evident from her certifications in Cyber Security, Developing Emotional Intelligence, Equality and Diversity, Generative AI, and Safeguarding Young People. Saima's educational credentials are further enhanced by her Harvard BOK Higher Education Teaching Certificate, her Fellowship with the Higher Education Academy, UK, and her proficiency with educational technologies such as Blackboard, Nearpod, and Microsoft Faculty Fellowship, showcasing her commitment to integrating technology with education.


Recent publications


Nomaan, S 2022, Language Pedagogy: An Evaluation of Oral Communication Skill Materials in Secondary School ELT Books in Pakistan. in N Ali Raza & C Coombe (eds), English Language Teaching in Pakistan. 1 edn, English Language Teaching: Theory, Research and Pedagogy, Springer Singapore, Singapore, pp. 345-367.

Book/Film/Article review

Nomaan, S 2022, 'Review of Language and Digital Media: Pragmatics Online', Technology in Language Teaching and Learning, vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 62–64.