Dr Anesa Hosein

Senior Lecturer
PhD, MPhil, PGCAP, MSc(RMet), BSc, SFHEA

Academic and research departments

Department of Higher Education.



I am a senior lecturer in the Department of Higher Education at the University of Surrey.

I am passionate about my job role which is in developing and mentoring academic staff/ colleagues (i.e. my “students”) in academic practice through using evidence-based research for the higher education sector. My larger life role is to develop policy and practice that can make a difference in people's lives, particularly, those from disadvantaged or marginalised backgrounds. 

I like to consider myself as a "wannabe polymath" but this is just a better name for being "Jack of all trades; Master of none".

I always have several favourite theories that I like to work with and currently, these are Bandura's social cognitive theory and Ryan and Deci's self-determination theory.

I also have several issues or causes that affect my thinking and the way I position myself. Currently, these issues are on academic mothers (being one myself); disadvantaged young people, mental health and wellbeing, homelessness and refugees.

Other relevant information

I started my career in higher education as a demonstrator and tutor in mathematics and physics whilst being involved in postgraduate studies. Following my PhD, I became a quantitative analyst/ research assistant on the ESRC Project, The Net Generation: Encountering E-Learning at University where we researched students' use of technology in their first year.

After my stint as a research assistant and before joining the department here in Surrey, I was at the Faculty of Education at Liverpool Hope University whereas a lecturer I was involved in a range of teaching as well as supervising masters and EdD students in areas of mathematics and technology education.

I hold a BSc in Physics from the University of Guyana, an MPhil in Industrial Engineering from the University of the West Indies, an MSc in Research Methods from the Open University and a PhD in Educational Technology, also from the Open University. My PhD focused on undergraduate students' metacognitive activities in understanding mathematics when using different modes of software. 

I have taught a range of subjects at higher education during my career including physics, operations research/ management science, mathematics/ statistics, research methods, education studies, mathematics education and academic practice.

Random background fact

I was born in Trinidad and Tobago spent my early teenage life in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and transitioned into adult life whilst living in Guyana. Spent a brief time in Trinidad and Tobago as an adult before, coming to the UK - where I have been ever since.


Affiliations and memberships

ALDinHE: Association for Learning Development in Higher Education
Committee Member on the Professional and Development Working Group of the Professional Body


In the media

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

My teaching

Courses I teach on


Postgraduate taught

My publications


Journal Articles

Rao, N. and Hosein, A. (2019). Towards a more active, embedded and professional approach to the internationalisation of academia. International Journal for Academic Development. Accepted

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. 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 research methods”, 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