Dr Mashail Haydar Ali

Profile details


Departmental Lecturer

Director of Studies for Languages and Cultural Studies


After obtaining her first-class BEd and MA in Linguistics from the University of Mosul (Iraq), Dr Ali moved to the UK where she studied for her PhD in Applied Linguistics at the University of London. Since completing her PhD, she has been teaching applied translation studies, Arabic language and culture, and language policy and politics in the Arab World at various Russell Group universities. More recently, she has been a consultant for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Language Policy and Standards Team and the Chartered Institute of Linguists.


As Director of Studies, Dr Ali is responsible for the academic oversight and quality assurance of a diverse programme of university liberal adult education in modern languages, classics, linguistics, language pedagogy and cultural studies within the Department for Continuing Education. In addition, she organises weekend and day events within the subject area of languages and cultural studies.      


Research interests

  • Language policy and planning in the Middle East 
  • Arabic varieties and language reform
  • Applied translation studies
  • Language, religion and politics