Philip Anderson

Philip Anderson

Dubai Campus
Assistant Professor
MA (Education) Learning and Teaching and MA (Education) Leadership Lead

Contact details

University Of Birmingham
Dubai International Academic City
PO Box 341799

Phil Anderson is an Assistant Professor at the University of Birmingham Dubai in the School of Education. A former secondary school teacher and head of department, Phil has a rich background in creativity and the arts, and brings a blend of practical academic insight to the field of education.

He has published journal articles on the topic of technology in education, and his main research interest is music education.   

Phil is currently completing his PhD at the University of Durham on Primary teacher confidence in delivering classroom music



  • PGCertHE, Middlesex University Dubai, 2021
  • MA Applied Professional Studies in Education, Sheffield University, 2018
  • PGCE (Secondary Music), University of East London, 2012
  • BA Communication Studies, Sheffield Hallam University, 2001


A multi-instrumentalist, and former professional musician, Phil Anderson trained to become a secondary music teacher at the University of East London in 2012.  After three years of teaching in the borough of Hackney, Phil left for a position in Dubai, becoming a departmental head at a local through school. 

After completing his master’s in education at the University of Sheffield, Phil moved into the Higher Education sector in 2019, becoming a lecturer in Education and Early Childhood Studies at Middlesex University Dubai.  He quickly moved up, becoming the Assistant Campus Programme Co-ordinator for Undergraduate Education, and lead for the Masters Dissertation Programme. 

Phil began his PhD in Primary teacher musical confidence in 2020, a lifelong interest from when he used to volunteer at the school where his mother was a teacher.  His ongoing interests are in the role of creativity and arts learning in the classroom, as well as technology adoption.  

Phil started working at the University of Birmingham Dubai in 2023.  He is an active member of the research committee at the University of Birmingham Dubai and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 


  • Learning, Teaching and Research
  • Leadership for School Improvement
  • Education Research: Action Research
  • Masters Dissertation Module


Primary teacher confidence in delivering music in the classroom. 

Gender and Racial bias in generative AI imagery 

Technology adoption in Higher Education 

The use of bite-sized videos to supplement classroom learning


Puthiya, R., Anderson, P., Fonseca, C. Hyland, L., (2023), Technology adoption in a hybrid learning environment: An action research study among university faculty in the UAEInteractive Learning Environments. p1-12 

Anderson, P. J.England, D. E. & Barber, L. D., (2022)., Preservice Teacher Perceptions of the Online Teaching and Learning Environment during COVID-19 Lockdown in the UAE., Education Sciences. 12, (12), p9-11.

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