Dr Uma Maniam

Dr Uma Maniam


I started my teaching career as an English teacher in several Malaysian primary and high schools since 1998. Upon completing my PGCE equivalent diploma and postgraduate studies, I continued my teaching journey in the Malaysian higher education institutions teaching diploma and bachelor degree programmes. Before I took up my role as a teaching fellow in the School of Education, I worked in the Queen’s Belfast University and Language Centre, University of Leeds as a pre-sessional teacher for five consecutive years. During my doctoral studies between 2015 until 2018, I also worked as a personal tutor and adjunct MA dissertation supervisor in the School of Education, University of Leeds.

Research interests

My research interests are in the following areas:-

  • Bilingualism and Multilingualism
  • Language Learning and Motivation
  • Teaching Pedagogies and Practice
  • Middle Leadership in Higher Education
  • Educational Leadership and Management
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  • Doctor of Education
  • MA Education (TESL)
  • BA English Language and Linguistics
  • Diploma in Education (PGCE equivalent)

Professional memberships

  • British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society (BELMAS)
  • Teaching and Education Research Association (TERA)

Student education

I teach modules for TESOL studies on the BA English, Language and Education and MA TESOL modules. I teach the following modules:

  • International Perspectives of Pedagogy and Practice
  • Technology Enhanced Language Teaching
  • Second Language Acquisition and Learning
  • Education, Multilingualism and Social Justice
  • Analysing Language Teaching

I also supervise postgraduate students.