Aliya Ahmed carried out her PhD in solid-state chemistry from 1997 to 2000 under my supervision at Queen Mary, University of London. Her thesis was on the structures of mixed metal metaphosphates and she was awarded her PhD in 2001 after a successful defence of her thesis. On leaving Queen Mary, she continued in research at the University of Southampton as a postdoctoral fellow, followed by a short spell in school teaching. Although her PhD work was on a small area of inorganic chemistry, she should have more general expertise arising from her BSc(hons) degree.
I found Aliya to be academically competent and have always found her writing skills to be good. Her thesis was an excellent piece of work, which showed a good deal of innovative thought. I found her to be trustworthy and honest and while working for me, she showed a good deal of determination.
Although I cannot comment directly on her abilities as a teacher, Aliya does have an excellent working knowledge of Chemistry far beyond A level. She should have no difficulty for preparing students for entry to university. She has excellent English Language and communication skills and I know of no reason why she would be unsuitable to work with children.