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 21 years of continuous teaching and professional mentoring service in the Further Education sector. He has also worked at Northampton University and University of Warwick where he supported undergraduate and postgraduate students and contributed to development for experienced professionals from China.
Abdulla completed his Doctor of Education in 2017 at University of Warwick's Centre for Education Studies. His education prior to this was the completion of an MA in Applied Linguistics and the Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (Leicester University, UK) and BA in English Language Teaching (Stirling University, UK). His current research focuses on educational governance; teachers' and academics' roles in educational governance. He is also interested in conducting research in educational governance within an international development context.
In addition to working at BCU, Abdulla volunteers as a school governor at Redmoor Academy, Leicestershire, UK.