Dr. Mariam Attia
Course Leader for BA and MA Islamic Education


Dr Mariam Attia is Senior Lecturer in Education and the Director of Teaching and Learning at Markfield Institute of Higher Education. She completed her PhD at the University of Manchester with a focus on teacher development in higher education. Dr Attia is Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has taught at universities in the UK and internationally. She has also contributed to teacher and researcher development projects in Egypt, Palestine, Jordan, Ghana, Nigeria, Cambodia, and Japan. Dr Attia holds a certificate in coaching and mentoring and is currently looking into classical Islamic epistemologies for internal growth and lasting transformation.


BA, Major: Political Science (International Relations), Minor: Psychology

MA, Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language (TAFL)

PhD, Education


Research interests

Classical Islamic theories of education

Classical Islamic institutions of education

Teacher education

Researcher development

Reflective practice

Research Projects

1) Co-Investigator

Title of Project: Assessment  of educational strategies and interventions adopted in Jordan as a response  to the Syrian Crisis

Budget: £173,347.00

Funder: Queen Rania Foundation, Jordan

Duration: July 2018 – July 2020

2) Co-Investigator

Title of Project: Higher Education, Knowledge Exchange and Policy Learning in the Asian Century. In collaboration  with Research Institute for Japan, the UK and Europe (RIJUE)

Budget: £38.000

Funder: The International Research Partnerships and Networks Fund (The University of Sussex) 

Duration: November  2016 – June 2019


Fassetta, G.,Al-Masri, N. Attia, M., & Phipps, A. (2020). Gaza teaches Arabic online: opportunities, challenges and ways forward. In: Fassetta, G., Al-Masri, N., andPhipps, A. (Eds.) Multilingual Online Academic Collaborations as Resistance: Crossing Impassable Borders. Bristol: Multilingual Matters.

Fassetta,G., Imperiale, M. G., Frimberger, K., Attia,M. & Al-Masri, N. (2017). Online teacher training in a context for forced immobility: The case of Gaza, Palestine. European Education, 49(2-3), 33-150.

Attia, M. & Edge, J. (2017). Be(com)ing a reflexive researcher:A developmental approach to research methodology. Open Review of Educational research, 4(1), 33-45.

Edge, J. & Attia, M. (2016). Technology, communication, and collaboration for innovation. In T. Stewart. Team teaching and team learning: Collaboration for innovation in language classrooms. Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Holmes, P., Fay, R., Andrews, J. & Attia, M. (2016). How to do research multilingually: Possibilities and complexities. In Z. Hua (Ed.), Research methods in intercultural communication: A practical guide. London: John Wiley & Sons.

Attia, M. (2014). The role of early learning experience in shaping teacher cognition and technology use. In P. Breen (Ed.), Cases onteacher identity, diversity, and cognition in Higher Education. Hershey, PA: IGI-Global.

Edge J. & Attia, M. (2014). Cooperative development: Anon-judgmental approach to individual development and increased collegiality. Actasde las VI y VII Jornadas Didácticas del Instituto Cervantes de Mánchester (2013- 2014) [Proceedings of the VI and VII Teaching Conference Cervantes Instituteof Manchester (2013-2014)], 65-73.

Holmes,P., Fay, R., Andrews, J. & Attia, M. (2013). Researching multilingually: New theoretical and methodological directions. International Journal of Applied Linguistics, 23(3), 285-299.

Conferences & Public Lectures

Skinner, R & Attia, M. (2022). Psychological Approaches to Al-Ghazali. Bradford Literature Festival, Bradford, UK

Attia, M. (2019). Teacher Education in a Context of Military Occupation and Siege: The Power of Purpose. SRHE 2019, Newport, UK

Attia, M. & Robert, P. (2019). Internationalisation of Doctoral Education in Japan: Implications for Researcher Development. CHEER Experts’ knowledge Exchange Seminar, Brighton, UK

Attia, M. (2017). Coaching in Higher Education: Light and Shadow. SRHE 2017, Newport, UK

Attia, M. (2016). Understanding Reflexivity in Light of Dewey’s ‘Trying’ and ‘Undergoing’. Dewey 2016, the University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

Attia, M. (2016). Researching ‘Reflexivity’ in Africa.. and Letting the Sun Shine in. Early Career Researcher Development Writing Week, University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana.

Al-Masri, N., Frimberger, K., & Attia, M., &Imperiale, G. (2016). 'Hope is our Bread and Butter': Towards a Human Ecological Language Pedagogy in the Context of Siege. BIBAC2016, the University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

Al-Masri, N., Attia, M., & Frimberger, K. (2016). Teacher Education as a Form of Resistance: Insights from Gaza, Palestine. National Association for Ethnic Studies 44th Annual Meeting, University of Arizona, Tucson, USA

Attia, M., Fay, R., Andrews, J., & Holmes, P.(2015). Researching Multilingually: Possibilities and Complexities. Postgraduate workshop (AHRC event), London

Attia, M., (on behalf of the AHRC project team) &Phipps, A. (2015). Reflecting on the Possibilities and Complexities of DoingResearch Multilingually. College of Social Sciences, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK.

Attia, M., Fay, R., Andrews, J., & Holmes, P.(2015). Researching Multilingually: Possibilities and Complexities(presentation and workshop). Jean Monnet Network EUROMEC, Krakow, Poland

Attia, M., Holmes, P., Fay. R., Andrews, J. (2015). The Central Role of Education in Relations to ‘Questioning the Means in Light of the Objectives’. CILE 2015 Summer School, Granada, Spain

Attia, M. (2014). Non-judgmental Communication for Researcher Development. Vitae Researcher Development International Conference 2014,Manchester, UK

Attia, M., Holmes, P., Fay. R., & Andrews, J. (2014). Trajectories of Researching Multilingually: Implications for Researcher Development. Presented at the HEA symposium Intercultural and multilingual skills in postgraduate education, research and beyond'. Glasgow, UK

Attia, M., Holmes, P., Fay, R., & Andrews, J. (2013). Supporting Researcher Creativity in Multilingual Doctoral Research Practice. The European Conference on Educational Research (ECER 2013). Istanbul, Turkey

Attia, M., Holmes, P., Fay, R., & Andrews, J. (2013). Reflexivity in Multilingual Research Practice. The ESRC RDI final conference. Birmingham, UK

Attia, M. Collegial Self-Development and ICT (webinar). (2012).IATEFL Learning Technologies SIG Online Events

Attia, M., & Fay, R. (2012). An exploration of doctoral students’ reflections on researching multilingually. The AHRC ‘Researching Multilingually’ Seminar. Durham, UK

Attia, M.(2011). Reflective practice in research undertaken multilingually (Paper2 of the colloquium ‘Doing research multilingually: Diverse approaches and representational choices’). BAAL 2011. Bristol, UK

Attia, M. (2011). A Window into the Relationship between Teacher Cognition and Technology Use. EUROCALL 2011. Nottingham, UK

Attia, M. (2010). Walking the Less Trodden Path: An Account of Bilingual Research Experiences. Doing Research Multilingually: An Exploratory Seminar, School of Education, Durham, UK

Attia, M. (2010). Situated Teacher Cognition and Technology Integration. EUROCALL Teacher Education SIG Workshop 2010. Lyon, France

Attia, M. (2009). Understanding Arabic Language Teachers’ Beliefs about ICT: A Case Study. EUROCALL 2009, Gandia, Spain

Attia, M. (2009). The Role of Affect in Insider Research. BERA2009, Manchester, UK

Attia, M. (2008). Researching Arabic Language Teacher Cognition and ICT. EUROCALL 2008, Szekesfehervar, Hungary

Attia, M. (2005). Technology: A Piece in the Jigsaw Puzzle of Pedagogy. MESA (Middle East Studies Association) 2005 Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, USA