Abdulla's career in education started in 1998. He has taught English Language both in the Maldives and in the UK. Abdulla joined BCU in January 2019 after 18 years of service in the British Further Education sector.
Abdulla completed his Doctor of Education in 2017 at University of Warwick's Centre for Education Studies. His current research focuses on educational governance; teachers' and academics' roles in educational governance. He is also interested in conducting research in Educational Linguistics, and educational governance within an international development context.
In the HE sector, Abdulla has experience in teaching and leading modules in Education Studies and Linguistics; supporting PhD students in their research skills development; professional development for professionals (Warwick University); teaching Academic Study Skills on presessional courses (Northampton University); conducting international research; writing research bids and reviewing UK Research Council (ESRC) bids.