Professor Tehmina N Basit

Emeritus Professor - Education

Institute of Education

As Professor of Education and Director of the Institute for Education Policy Research at Staffordshire University, I have been involved in teaching Master’s, PhD and EdD students. I have previously held positions at Keele, Manchester Metropolitan, Leicester and Wolverhampton Universities. My main teaching area is Research Methods. I developed a new MSc in Educational Research Methods at the University of Leicester and have published a book and journal articles on Educational Research.

My research interests include the education of minority ethnic groups; race and ethnicity; gender; social class; citizenship and young people; social justice; social inclusion; initial teacher training; the professional development of teachers; and qualitative research methodology. I have been a member of the advisory boards of research projects funded by the ESRC, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, and Nuffield Foundation. I have delivered invited keynote lectures in the UK and at overseas universities.

I have been on the editorial boards of academic journals, such as the ‘British Educational Research Journal’, ‘Research Papers in Education’ and ‘Gender and Education’. I was also a member of the ‘ESRC Peer Review College’ for a number of years.


Academic qualifications

  • BSc, MSc (Punjab);
  • MPhil, PhD (Cantab.)

Research interests

Externally funded research projects:

  • 2014-2017, Developing Employability Skills through Innovative Education using MOOCs for Youth. (With Rosemary Borup and teams from the UK & EU countries). Funded by the EU.
  • 2014-2016, Shaping University Curricula to Critical Infrastructure Employer Needs. (With Rosemary Borup, Dr Budi Arief, Prof Tom Anderson & Louise Rutherford). Funded by the EU.
  • 2013-2014, Speech and Language Development of 3-4 Years Old Children in Stoke-on-Trent. (As Project Director; with Dr Amanda Hughes, Prof Zafar Iqbal & Janet Cooper). Funded by Stoke-on-Trent City Council.
  • 2012, An Approach to Qualifications through Negotiated Work Based Learning (with Rosemary Borup, Dr Alan Eardley, Dr Kim Slack & Dr Amanda Hughes) Funded by the EU (Erasmus).
  • 2009-2010, Intergenerational Dynamics and Education amongst British Asian Families (As Principal Investigator) Funded by the ESRC.
  • 2005-2006, Plain Sailing or Uphill Struggle: Young Minority Ethnic Citizens and their Transition to Adulthood (As Project Director; with Iris Lightfoote & Chino Cabon) Funded by Leicestershire Centre for Integrated Living.
  • 2005, Tackling Racism on School Placements (As Project Director; with Ann Kenward & Dr Lorna Roberts). Funded by Multiverse for the Teacher Training Agency (TTA).
  • 2003-2005, The Induction of Newly Qualified Teachers (As Project Director; with Prof Ian Stronach & Dr Andy Pickard). Funded by the Teacher Training Agency (TTA).
  • 2003-2004, Research into Reasons why Minority Ethnic Trainees withdraw from Initial Teacher Training Courses (As Project Director; with Prof Ian Stronach, Prof Derek Woodrow, Dr Lorna Roberts; Prof Bruce Carrington; Dr Olwen McNamara & Dr Meg Maguire). Funded by the Teacher Training Agency (TTA).
  • 2003, The Role of Pupil Support Mentors in an Education Action Zone (As Project Director). Funded by Blackburn with Darwen EAZ.
  • 2001-2003, An Evaluation of Sure Start in Clayton, East Manchester (With Rob Halsall, Dr Sheila Stark & Joanna Bateman). Funded by New East Manchester Limited.
  • 2002, The Induction Experiences of Ethnic Minority Teachers in three LEAs (with Dr Olwen McNamara & Ann Campbell). Funded by The Teacher Training Agency (TTA).
  • 2002, Diversity and Needs in Gorton, Manchester: An Evaluation of Childcare Provision (with Cathie Pearce, Chris Marsh & Mutua Waema). Funded by Early Years Development Childcare Partnership.
  • 2002, An Evaluation of Race Equality Policies and Practices in Rochdale Schools (with Rob Halsall & Lorna Roberts). Funded by Rochdale Education Department.
  • 2000-2001, The Transition from BEd Student to Primary Teacher of Mathematics (with Dr Tony Brown, Dr Olwen McNamara & Lorna Roberts). Funded by the ESRC.



Conference papers:

  • Basit, TN (2013) Employer engagement in work-based learning: Working within a tripartite relationship in higher education. Paper presented at the European Conference on Educational Research (ECER), 10-13 September, Bahçeşehir University, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Basit TN (2011) Educational capital as a catalyst for upward social mobility amongst British Asians: A three generational analysis. Paper presented at the European Conference on Educational Research (ECER), 13-16 September, Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany.
  • Basit TN (2011) The use of digital ethnography in research into ethnicity and education. Paper presented at the British Educational Research Association (BERA) Conference, 6-8 September, Institute of Education, University of London, UK.
  • Basit, TN (2010) Ethics and access in research on social justice issues. Paper presented at the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Conference, 28 November-2 December, University of Melbourne, Australia.
  • Basit TN (2009) Ethnicity and gender in transition to adulthood. Paper presented at the European Conference on Educational Research (ECER), 28-30 September, Vienna, Austria.
  • Basit TN (2008) Social capital versus social justice: Education, career and young minority ethnic Britons, Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Conference, 24-28 March, New York, USA.
  • Basit TN & Santoro N (2007) Teachers of difference: Cultural expertise at the cost of career progression. Paper presented at the European Conference on Educational Research (ECER), 19-22 September, Ghent, Belgium.
  • Basit TN (2007) Young Britons’ conceptualisation of identity and citizenship. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Conference, 9-13 April, Chicago, USA.
  • Basit TN (2006) Ethnicity and identity: the British cultural landscape. Keynote Symposium Paper presented at the British Educational Research Association (BERA) Conference, 7-9 September, University of Warwick, UK.
  • Basit TN & Pickard A (2006) The evolving identities of new teachers. Paper presented at the British Educational Research Association (BERA) Conference, 7-9 September, University of Warwick, UK.
  • Basit TN (2005) The perception of racism in teacher education. Paper presented at the European Conference on Educational Research (ECER), 7-10 September, University College Dublin, Ireland.


  • Basit, TN & Tomlinson, S (Eds.) (2012) Social Inclusion and Higher Education. Bristol: Policy. (ISBN: 978 1 84742 797 7)
  • Basit TN (2010) Conducting Research in Educational Contexts. London: Continuum. (ISBN: 978-0-8264-8689-9)
  • Basit TN (1997) Eastern Values, Western Milieu: Identities and Aspirations of Adolescent British Muslim Girls. Aldershot: Ashgate. (ISBN 1 85972 503 1).

Papers in refereed academic journals:

  • Al Sadi, FH & Basit, TN (2017) Omani girls’ conceptions of gender equality: addressing socially constructed sexist attitudes through educational intervention, Oxford Review of Education, 43(2), 209-224.

DOI 10.1080/03054985.2016.1264933

  • Al Sadi, FH & Basit, TN (2017) ‘I have just understood it from the story…’: using vignettes in educational research to investigate cultural tolerance, Research Papers in Education, 32(2), 183-196.

DOI: 10.1080/02671522.2016.1158858

  • Basit, TN; Eardley, A; Borup, R; Shah, H; Slack, K & Hughes, A (2015) Higher education institutions and work-based learning in the UK: Employer engagement within a tripartite relationship, Higher Education, 70(6), 1003-1015.

DOI: 10.1007/s10734-015-9877-7

  • Basit, TN; Hughes, A; Iqbal, Z & Cooper, J (2015) The influence of socio-economic status and ethnicity on speech and language development, International Journal of Early Years Education, 23(1), 115-133.

DOI: 10.1080/09669760.2014.973838

  • Basit, TN (2013) Educational capital as a catalyst for upward social mobility amongst British Asians: A three-generational analysis, British Educational Research Journal, 39(4), 714-732.

DOI: 10.1080/01411926.2012.677414

  • Basit, T N (2013) Ethics, reflexivity and access in educational research: Issues in intergenerational investigation, Research Papers in Education, 28(4), 506-517.

DOI: 10.1080/02671522.2012.689318

  • Al Sadi, FH & Basit, TN (2013) Religious tolerance in Oman: Addressing religious prejudice through educational intervention, British Educational Research Journal, 39(3), 447-472.

DOI: 10.1080/01411926.2011.652071

  • Basit, TN (2012) ‘My parents have stressed that since I was a kid’: Young minority ethnic British citizens and the phenomenon of aspirational capital, Education Citizenship and Social Justice, 7(2), 129-143.

DOI: 10.1177/1746197912440857

  • Basit, TN (2012) ‘...But that’s just the stereotype: Gender and ethnicity in transition to adulthood, Race Ethnicity and Education, 15(3), 405-423.

DOI: 10.1080/13613324.2011.624507

  • Basit, TN & Santoro, N (2011) Playing the role of ‘cultural expert’: Teachers of ethnic difference in Britain and Australia, Oxford Review of Education, 37(1), 37-52.

DOI: 10.1080/03054985.2010.521621

  • Basit, TN (2009) White British; dual heritage; British Muslim: Young Britons’ conceptualisation of identity and citizenship, British Educational Research Journal, 35(5), 723-743.

DOI: 10.1080/01411920802688747

  • Basit, TN; McNamara O; Roberts L; Carrington B; Maguire M & Woodrow D (2007) ‘The Bar is slightly Higher’: The Perception of Racism in Teacher Education, Cambridge Journal of Education, 37(2), 279-298.

DOI: 10.1080/03057640701372616

  • Basit, TN; Roberts, L; McNamara, O; Carrington, B; Maguire M & Woodrow D (2006) Did they Jump or were they Pushed? Reasons why Minority Ethnic Trainees withdraw from Initial Teacher Training Courses, British Educational Research Journal, 32(3), 387-410.

DOI: 10.1080/01411920600635411

  • Basit, TN & McNamara, O (2004) Equal Opportunities or Affirmative Action? The Induction of Minority Ethnic Teachers, Journal of Education for Teaching, 30(2), 97-115.

DOI: 10.1080/0260747042000229735

  • Basit, TN (2003) Manual or Electronic? The Role of Coding in Qualitative Data Analysis, Educational Research, 45(2), 143-154.

DOI: 10.1080/0013188032000133548

  • Basit, TN (2003) Changing Practice through Policy: Trainee Teachers and the National Numeracy Strategy, Research Papers in Education, 18(1), 61-74.

DOI: 10.1080/0267152032000048587

  • McNamara, O; Roberts, L; Basit, TN & Brown, T (2002) Rites of Passage in Initial Teacher Training: Ritual, Performance, Ordeal and the Numeracy Skills Test, British Educational Research Journal, 28(6), 863-78.

DOI: 10.1080/0141192022000019107

  • Basit, TN (1997) I Want More Freedom, but not too Much: British Muslim Girls and the Dynamism of Family Values, Gender and Education, 9(4), 425-39.

DOI: 10.1080/09540259721178

  • Basit, TN (1996) I'd Hate to be Just a Housewife: Career Aspirations of British Muslim Girls, British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 24(2), 227-42.

DOI: 10.1080/03069889608260411

Papers in non-refereed journals:

  • Basit, TN; Roberts, L & Kenward, A (2006) Tackling Racism in School Placements, Race Equality Teaching, 24,14-17.
  • Basit, TN (1996) Obviously I'll have an Arranged Marriage: Muslim Marriage in the British Context, Muslim Education Quarterly, 13(1), 4-19.
  • Basit, TN (1995) I Want to go to College: British Muslim Girls and the Academic Dimension of Schooling, Muslim Education Quarterly, 12(1), 36-54.

Book Chapters:

  • Basit, TN (2023) ‘It was a life enhancing activity:’ The academic habitus of PhD students, in RJ Tierney, F Rizvi, & K Ericson (Eds.) International Encyclopedia of Education, Vol. 8, Elsevier, 429-437.

(ISBN: 9780128186305)

  • Basit, TN & Modood, T (2016) Ethnic capital, higher education and life chances, in JE Ĉoté & A Furlong (Eds.) Routledge Handbook of the Sociology of Higher Education. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 165-175.

(ISBN: 978 1 138 77812 2)

  • Basit, TN (2012) ‘I’ve never known someone like me go to university’: Class, ethnicity and access to higher education, in TN Basit & S Tomlinson (Eds.) Social Inclusion and Higher Education. Bristol: Policy, 173-192.

(ISBN: 978 1 84742 797 7)

in the UK for Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 4, Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023

for Career Prospects

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Facilities

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021

of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Four Star Rating

QS Star Ratings 2021