Staff Profiles: Dr. Adeela Ahmed Shafi

Dr. Adeela Ahmed Shafi

Staff Profile: Dr. Adeela Ahmed Shafi
Reader in Education

Dr. Adeela Ahmed Shafi

Dr. Adeela Ahmed Shafi

Reader in Education

Early Years and Education Studies

I have a background in Psychology and have been in Higher Education within the field of Education for the last 15 years, prior to which I taught in further education for 7 years. I have an MEd in Psychology of Education and a PhD in the education of young offenders.


I have been lecturing for over twenty years. My main areas are psychology and the psychology of learning. I have a passion for learning and am especially interested in how it can support those who are disadvantaged.


Award Title Institution Date
Bsc (Hons) Psychology University of Bristol 1994
PGCE Education University of Wales 1996
MEd Psychology of Education University of Bristol 2012
PhD PhD Education University of Bristol 2017


Power 100 Excellence in Education (Leeds Metropolitan University). Government of Pakistan (London High Commission Award. Bristol City Council for Services to the Community. Nominated for Exemplary Asian Woman by Theresa May MP. Nomination for Inspiring Lecturer University of Gloucestershire.

Membership of professional bodies


Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA). Member of British Psychological Society (MBPsS). Member of Academic Board (University of Gloucestershire). Panel Member for RPA Learning in Professional Contexts (University of Gloucestershire).

Teaching and research


Teaching and leading modules on a range of courses, including BA Education and MA Education and PGCAP, particularly psychology and research related modules or those which have an international dimension.  Also supervising post-graduate research degrees. 


Undergraduate, Postgraduate


Adeela’s area of research interest are disengaged learners who may have other background characteristics which may affect their full participation in learning and achieving their potential.  To that end, Adeela is involved in research which explores this.  Ongoing projects include EU funded project on Re-Engaging Young Offenders with Education & Learning, involving partners in Spain, Italy and Germany.  A second EU funded project seeks to develop emotional and social competencies of young offenders through the use of games and sport.  Adeela has a consistent publishing profile in her areas of research interest. Adeela is also engaged in research on academic resilience and currently leading on a book entitled ‘Reconceptualising Resilience in Education’.


More publications from Dr. Adeela Ahmed Shafi can be found in the Research Repository.

External responsibilities

Chair of Avon & Somerset Police Powers Scrutiny Panel.

Subjects for media interviews

Education of young offenders in custody.

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External examining

External Examiner at the University of Hertfordshire for BA Education Studies.