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Abu Bakar

Research (PhD) Student

Institute of Education

Contact Details


tel: 07869503842

Research Project

Learning approaches of Overseas (particularly Pakistani) students in UK based universities

Research Focus             
My research focuses on learning issues of overseas students undertaking learning in the British Education System with a particular focus on developing autonomous learning patterns. One theme of my research is to identify barriers to learning among overseas students when undertaking courses in second language (English).



Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods, University of Worcester - 2010
MSc Social Research Skills, University of Ulster – 2010
PDG Education, Brookes College London, UK – 2007        
BEd (Education), University of Peshawar, KhyberPakhtunkhwa, Pakistan - 2006
DIT, Polytechnic College Swat, KhyberPakhtunkhwa, Pakistan – 2004 
MA English Literature, University of Peshawar, KhyberPakhtunkhwa, Pakistan – 2003                
BA English Literature, University of Peshawar, KhyberPakhtunkhwa, Pakistan - 1998  

Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research

Teaching Interests

Research Methods, English as a subject and English for academic purposes, ELT and academic writing

Other research interests include policy making in Pakistan, role of technology in modern learning paradigms, learning through technology, lingual issues of overseas students and developing autonomous learning patterns among students of developing countries.

Professional Bodies

Professional Bodies

Society for Research into Higher Education, UK
Graduate Junction, UK
Academia Research Community, UK 
Intute, An authentic websites search union for higher education and research community, UK
Chartered Institute of Linguists, (registered linguist) London, UK



Conference Papers   

Bakar, A. (2008) Independent Learning and technological access for students in higher education in developing countries at University of Worcester, UK.          

Bakar, A. (2007) Learning issues among our students and the essential role of parents in their learning objectives, Guest Speaker at students Annual Day 2007 at Frontier Learner’s Academy, Swat Pakistan.


Bakar, A. (2009) Independent Learning and Technological Access for Students in Higher Education in Developing Countries, Postgraduate Research Conference, University of Worcester.  

Bakar, A. (2008) ‘Independent learning among students of developing countries, mini research  project,' University of Ulster, UK.

External Responsibilities

External Responsibilities

Lecturer in English in Al-Azhar School and College, Matta, Swat, Pakistan (2002-2004)
Secondary School Teacher in Frontier Learner Academy, Mingora, Swat, Pakistan (1998-2002)
Primary School Teacher in Huspania Children Academy, Mingora, Swat, Pakistan (1993-1994)