Dr Anesa Hosein

Associate Professor in Higher Education
PhD, MPhil, PGCAP, MSc(RMet), BSc, SFHEA


Areas of specialism

Staff and Student Transitions; STEM education; Structural Inequalities (Gender, Ethnicity, Socio-economic) in Higher Education; Migrant and International Academics; Longitudinal Data Analysis; Autoethnography and personal narratives; Educational Technology in Higher Education (gaming, software)

University roles and responsibilities

  • Head of Educational Development and Research (2020-
  • Interim Co-director of the Surrey Institute of Education (2021-2022)
  • Programme Leader of the PhD in Higher Education (2017-2023)
  • Senior Lecturer in Higher Education (2018-2022)

    My qualifications

    PhD in Educational Technology
    The Open University

    Previous roles

    01 September 2010 - 28 February 2013
    Lecturer in Education Studies
    Liverpool Hope University
    2009 - 2010
    Research Assistant
    The Open University
    01 September 1999 - 30 December 2001
    Assistant Lecturer in Physics and Mathematics
    University of Guyana
    01 September 2001 - 31 August 2004
    Laboratory Demonstrator (Physics)
    Tutor (Physics and Mechanical and Industrial Engineering)
    University of the West Indies (Trinidad and Tobago)


    In the media

    Male and female gamers: Sunday Morning with Cathy MacDonald
    BBC Scotland (Radio)
    Creative Tech and Games
    Panel Member
    Guildford Games Festival
    Lack of Diversity in the Gaming Workforce
    BBC Radio Surrey
    Do we provide the right support for migrant academics?
    University World News
    How can we get more girls into tech?
    Demystifying Tech
    Why we should encourage girls to play video games to help spark interest in a career in STEM
    KCBS Radio - San Francisco
    Faith and Ethics: Game Review of Virtue Reality
    BBC Radio Surrey and Sussex


    Research interests

    Research projects

    Indicators of esteem

    • Member of the ESRC Peer Review College


      Postgraduate research supervision



      Journal Articles

      Rao, N., Hosein, A., & Raaper, R. (2021). Doctoral students navigating the borderlands of academic teaching in an era of precarity. Teaching in Higher Education26(3), 454-470.

      Hosein, A., & Rao, N. (2021). Selling lemons? The relationship between learning and teaching information on university programme web pages and future students’ course satisfaction. Journal of Marketing for Higher Education, 1-18.

      Heron, M., Dippold, D., Hosein, A., Khan Sullivan, A., Aksit, T., Aksit, N., ... & McKeown, K. (2021). Talking about talk: tutor and student expectations of oracy skills in higher education. Language and Education, 1-16.

      Omaish, H. A., Hosein, A., Abdullah, M. U., & Aldershewi, A. (2021). University lecturer's perceptions on the causes of students’ mathematical knowledge gaps in conflict zones. International Journal of Educational Research Open2, 100095.

      Gravett, K., Kinchin, I. M., Winstone, N. E., Balloo, K., Heron, M., Hosein, A., ... & Medland, E. (2020). The development of academics’ feedback literacy: Experiences of learning from critical feedback via scholarly peer review. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education45(5), 651-665.

      Rienties, B., & Hosein, A. (2020). Complex transitions of early-career academics (ECA): a mixed-method study of with whom ECA develop and maintain new networks. In Frontiers in Education (Vol. 5, p. 137). Frontiers.

      Rao, N., & Hosein, A. (2020). Towards a more active, embedded and professional approach to the internationalisation of academia. International Journal for Academic Development25(4), 375-378.

      Rao, N., Mace, W., Hosein, A. and Kinchin, I. (2019). Pedagogic Democracy versus Pedagogic Supremacy: Migrant Academics’ Perspectives. Teaching in Higher Education. 24(5), 599-612

      Hosein, A. (2019). Girls' video gaming behaviour and undergraduate degree selection: A secondary data analysis approach. Computers in Human Behavior, 91, 226-235.

      Kinchin, I., Heron, M., Hosein, A., Lygo-Baker, S., Medland, E., Morley, D., & Winstone, N. (2018). Researcher-led academic development. International Journal for Academic Development, 23(4), 339-354.

      Hosein, A and Harle, J. (2018). The relationship between students’ prior mathematical attainment, knowledge and confidence on their self-assessment accuracy. Studies in Educational Evaluation. 56(1) pp. 32-41

      Hosein, A. and Rao, N. (2017). Pre-Professional Ideologies and Career Trajectories of the Allied Professional Undergraduate Student. Research in Post-Compulsory Education. 22(2) pp. 252-270

      Rao, N., & Hosein, A. (2017). The limits of HEI websites as sources of learning and teaching information for prospective students: a survey of professional staff. Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13603108.2016.1227386 (Winner of the John Smith Essay Prize)

      Hosein, A., & Rao, N. (2016). Students' reflective essays as insights into student-centred pedagogies within the undergraduate research methods curriculum. Teaching in Higher Education, 1-17. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13562517.2016.1221804

      Timus, N., Cebotari, V., & Hosein, A. (2016). Innovating Teaching and Learning of European Studies: Mapping Existing Provisions and Pathways. Journal of Contemporary European Research, 12(2). http://www.jcer.net/index.php/jcer/article/view/729

      Rienties, B. and Hosein, A. (2015) 'Unpacking (in)formal learning in an academic development programme: A mixed method social network perspective'. International Journal for Academic Development, 20(2), p.163-177

      Kinchin, I.M., Hosein, A., Medland, E., Lygo-Baker, S., Warburton, S., Gash, D., Rees, R., Loughlin, C., Woods, R., Price, S. and Usherwood, S. (2015) Mapping the development of a new MA programme in higher education: Comparing private perceptions of a public endeavour. Journal of Further and Higher Education, DOI: 10.1080/0309877X.2015.1070398

      Hosein, A., Ramanau, R. and Jones, C. (2010), "Learning and living technologies: a longitudinal study of first year students' frequency and competence in the use of ICT", Learning, Media and Technology, 35(4), pp. 403-418

      Jones, C., & Hosein, A. (2010), "Profiling university students' use of technology: where is the net generation divide?", The International Journal of Technology Knowledge and Society, 6(3), pp. 43-58.

      Pun, K.F. and Hosein, A. (2007), “Identification of performance indicators for poultry agribusiness operations”, The Asian Journal on Quality, Vol. 8, No. 3, pp.11-22

      Hosein, A. and Pun, K.F. (2004), "Sustaining performance improvement in the poultry industry in Trinidad and Tobago: a decision support paradigm", West Indian Journal of Engineering, Vol. 26, No. 2, pp.45-54


      Kinchin, I., Hosein, A., Rao, N., & Mace, M. W. (2018). Migrant Academics and Professional Learning Gains: Perspectives of the Native Academic. SRHE. London. 

      Hosein, A., & Rao, N. (2015). An impact study of the guidance documents for higher education providers published by QAA in 2013. Gloucester: Quality Assurance Agency.

      Hosein, A., & Rao, N. (2014). The role of assessment in teaching research methods: A literature review. York, UK: Higher Education Academy.


      Hosein, A., Rao, N., Shu-Hua Yeh, C., & Kinchin, I. M. (2018). Academics’ International Teaching Journeys: Personal Narratives of Transitions in Higher Education. Bloomsbury.

      Medland, E., Watermeyer, R., Hosein, A., Kinchin, I.M. and Lygo-Baker, S. (Eds) (2018). Pedagogical Peculiarities – Conversation at the Edge of University Teaching and Learning. Brill (Sense) Publishers. Leiden, Netherlands.

      Book Chapters

      Hosein, A., & Rao, N. (2020). Academic diversity and its implications for teaching and learning. In Understanding Contemporary Issues in Higher Education (pp. 65-78). Routledge.

      Hosein, A. and Rao, N. (2020). The acculturation and engagement of undergraduate students in scientific thinking through research methods. In M. Murtonen, M and Balloo, K.: Redefining Scientific Thinking for Higher Education (pp-157-175). Palgrave Macmillan.   

      Hosein, A. and Rao, N. (2019). International Student Voice (s)–Where and What are They?. In S. Lygo-Baker et al: Engaging Student Voices in Higher Education (pp. 71-87). Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. 

      Rao, N., Yeh, C. S. H., Hosein, A., & Kinchin, I. (2018). Academics’ International Teaching Journeys: An Introduction. In A. Hosein et al: Academics’ International Teaching Journeys: Personal Narratives of Transitions in Higher Education, 1-12. Bloomsbury

      Hosein, A. (2018). Examining Pedagogical Autonomy in International Higher Education Systems. In A. Hosein et al: Academics’ International Teaching Journeys: Personal Narratives of Transitions in Higher Education, 93-108. Bloomsbury

      Hosein, A., & Harle, J. (2018). The Vulnerability of a Small Discipline and its Search for Appropriate Pedagogy: The Case of Medical Physics. In E. Medland et al: Pedagogical Peculiarities (pp. 69-85). Brill Sense.

      Hosein, A. (2017). Pedagogic Frailty and the Research-Teaching Nexus. In I.M. Kinchin and N.E. Winstone (Eds): Pedagogic Frailty and Resilience in the University (pp. 135-149). Sense Publishers.

      Rao, N. and Hosein, A. (2013). Comparative education. In Curtis, W., Ward, S., Sharp, J., & Hankin, L. (Eds.). Education Studies: An Issue Based Approach. Learning Matters.

      Professional Journals

      Hosein, A., & Rao, N. (2018). Migrant academics and their academic development training needs. Educational Developments19(1).

      Peer-Reviewed Conference Proceedings

      Rienties, B. and Hosein, A. (2014) "A need to look beyond the boundaries of professional development - a SNA perspective", EARLI

      Rigg, J., Hosein, A. and Psycharis, S. (2014), "Researching children's 'self' constructs and their success at solving word problems: a pilot study", In Pope S. (Ed) Proceedings of the 8th British Congress of Mathematics Education, Nottingham, pp.287-294

      Hosein, A. and Rao, N. (2012), “Students' conceptions of research and its relationship to employability”, Proceedings of the 8th International Conference in Education, July 5-7, Samos, Greece

      Rao, N. and Hosein, A. (2012), “Opportunities and complexities of two synchronous distance research supervision modes”, Proceedings of the 8th International Conference in Education, July 5-7, Samos, Greece

      Ramanau, R., Hosein, A. and Jones, C. (2011), “ Net generation distance learners and patterns of their digital technology use”, In M.B. Nunes and McPherson, M. (Eds) Proceedings of the IADIS International Conference on E-Learning, Rome, Italy, July 20-23, pp. 21-27

      Ferguson, R., Clough, G. and Hosein, A. (2010), “Shifting themes, shifting roles: the development of research blogs”, In: 'Into Something Rich and Strange' - Making Sense of the Sea-Change. The 17th Association for Learning Technology Conference (ALT-C 2010), 7-9 September 2010, Nottingham, UK, pp.111-117.

      Hosein, A., Ramanau, R., and Jones, C.R. (2010), “Are all net generation students the same? The frequency of technology use at university”, Proceedings of the IADIS International Conference on e-Learning, Frieburg, Germany, 26th-29th July, 2010, Vol. 1, pp.340-348.

      Ramanau, R., Hosein, A. and Jones, C.R. (2010)., “Learning and living technologies: A longitudinal study of first-year students' expectations and experiences in the use of ICT”, In Dirckinck-Holmfeld L, Hodgson V, Jones C, McConnell D & Ryberg T. (Eds) Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Networked Learning, Aalborg 3-4th May 2010.

      Hosein, A., Aczel, J., Clow, D., & Richardson, J. T. E. (2008), “Comparison of black-box, glass-box and open-box software for aiding conceptual understanding”, In Figueras, O., Cortina, J., Alatorre, S., Rojano, T. and Sepúlveda, A. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 32nd annual conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (PME 32), Vol. 3, Morelia, Mexico, pp. 185-192

      Hosein, A., Aczel, J., Clow, D., & Richardson, J. T. E. (2008), “Mathematical thinking of undergraduate students when using three types of software”, Proceedings of the International Congress on Mathematics Education, Monterrey, Mexico, http://tsg.icme11.org/document/get/531

      Hosein, A., Aczel, J., Clow, D., & Richardson, J. T. E. (2007), “An illustration of student's engagement with mathematical software using remote observation”, In Woo, J.-H., Lew, H.-C., 2. Park, K.-S. & Seo, D.-Y. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 31st annual conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (PME 31), Vol. 3, Seoul, Korea, pp. 49-56

      Ferguson, R., Clough, G. and Hosein, A. (2007), “Postgraduate blogs: beyond the ordinary research journal”, In Wheeler, S. and Whitton, N. (Eds.), Beyond Control: Learning Technology for the Social Network Generation, Research Proceedings of the 14th Association for Learning Technology Conference ALT-C Conference 2007, 4-6 September 2007, Nottingham University, England, UK, pp. 179-189.

      Hosein, A., Aczel, J. and Clow, D. (2006), "The teaching of linear programming in different disciplines and in different countries", Proceedings of the International Conference on the Teaching of Mathematics - at the Undergraduate Level, 30th Jun - 5th Jul, Istanbul, Turkey

      Pun, K.F. and Hosein A. (2003), "Improving performance of agribusiness operations and production in Trinidad and Tobago - a research agenda for the poultry industry", Proceedings of the APETT Annual Technical Conference, 19th-20th Mar, 2003, pp. 132-141

      Pun, K.F. and Hosein, A., (2003), "Development of a journal information system for engineering research studies”, Proceedings of the 2003 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, no.2003-1588, June (CD version), 11 pages

      Hosein, A. and DeFreitas J. (1999), "The feasibility of using bsi bsi (Cyperus articulatus) as a textile fibre", Proceedings of the Caribbean Academy of Science, Paramaribo, Suriname, 7th-9th October