Rania Hafez BSc Hons, PGCE (PCET), MSc

Programme Leader and Assoc. Professor, Education

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Rania Hafez

Rania Hafez

Programme Leader and Assoc. Professor, Education

Rania Hafez is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Greenwich.

Rania has a Bachelor's degree in Social Science, a Master's degree in Education Management and a qualified to teach in post-compulsory education and training. She has over 25 years' experience in education, including over 10 years in education management in further and higher education.

Rania has researched and published on professionalism, cultural identity, and Islam and education. Her current research is on the intersectionality of modern British Muslim Identity. In 2008 Rania founded 'Muslim Women in Education', a professional network for educationalists and researchers.

In addition to her academic work Rania is a regular political and cultural commentator whose media credits include the BBC, Levant TV, and the Islam Channel.

Posts held previously:

  • Director of Post-Compulsory Education, University of East London

Responsibilities within the university

  • Programme Leader and Senior Lecturer, Education, Department of Education & Community Studies
  • Programme leader on MA Education
  • Lecturer for Issues and Themes in Education


  • Founder of Muslim Women in Education
  • Co-Chair, Learning & Skills Research Network
  • Fellow of the Muslim Institute
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Research Fellow, University of Derby
  • Member of the corporation, Newham Sixth Form Centre (NewVIc).
  • Non-Executive Director and Fellow of the Institute for Learning
  • Member of the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain
  • Chair Standing Committee for the Education and Training of Teachers (SCETT), 2012-13
  • Vice-Chair Universities' Council for the Education of Teachers (UCET), 2008-11
  • Editorial Board member: Post-16 Educator

Research / Scholarly interests

  • The emergence of a British Muslim identity in young British born Muslim women
  • The professional development of teacher educators

Recent publications

Hafez, R. (2016). Faith in the Academy. In: C. Hudson, and J. Williams, eds., Why academic freedom matters. Civitas.

Hafez, R. (2016). Professionalism without autonomy. In: D. Hayes, and T. Marshall, eds., The Role of the Teacher Today. Worcester: SCETT.

Hafez, R. (2015). Beyond the metaphor: time to take over the castle. In: M. Daley, K. Orr, and J. Petrie, eds., Further Education and the Twelve Dancing Princesses. IoE Press.

Hafez, R. (2014). Playing on the boundaries: A childhood across cultural and geographical lines. Childhood in the Past: an international journal, 7(2), September, pp. 117-132.

Hafez, R. (2011). Who will defend teacher education? In: D. Hayes, ed., In Defence of Teacher Education. Worcester: SCETT.

Hafez, R. (2012). Islamophobia: why we have to get over our fears. The Independent, 7 November. [online]

Hafez, R. (2010). An Islamic Education for All? The Independent. 23 November. [online]

Hafez, R. and Weiss, N. (2006). Personal Tutoring to Develop Professionalism in Trainee Teachers: a Case Study from the University of East London's PGCE (PCET) course. HEA. [online]


Hafez, R. (2015). Can Faith & Freedom Coexist? Religion, Human Rights and Secular Europe symposium, 1 October, European Parliament.

Hafez, R. (2013). Islam between Disneyfication and demonization: a challenge for education. UK Investors in Equality & Diversity (UKIED) Annual Conference.

Hafez, R. (2013). Reclaiming Professionalism. UCU symposium, 20 March.

Hafez, R. (2012). Ethnicity & Identity: what does it all mean? British Library, 13 November, London.

Hafez, R. (2012). Forced marriage to faith schools: the politics of multiculturalism. Battle of Ideas, 20 October, London.

Hafez, R. (2012). Knowledge and Epistemology in Islamic Philosophy of Education. Issue in Professionalism conference, 28 June, University of Derby.

Hafez, R. (2012). Embracing the Other? The Philosophy of Multiculturalism. Institute of Ideas, The French Institute (Panel Debate), 8 June, London.

Hafez, R. (2012). The Arab Spring: Oasis or Mirage? 18 May, City & Islington College.

Hafez, R. (2012).Teaching them to argue back: Encouraging a new generation to think critically. Muslim Intitute April monthly gathering, Muslim Institute.

Hafez, R. (2011). Transformational Leadership. The 3rd International Conference on Excellence in School Education (Conference Paper and Workshop), Indian Institute of Technology, 29 December, Delhi, India.

Hafez, R. (2011). Teaching Today. SCETT 30th Anniversary Conference, 25 November.