Helal graduated with a degree in Chemistry from the University of Bradford and then went on to do a PhD in Structural Biology at The University of Manchester as a CASE student with GlaxoSmithKline. After completing his PhD in 2007 he then decided to pursue a career in teaching by completing his PGCE course. From there he went on to become a Lecturer in Chemistry at South Essex College of Further and Higher Education, teaching mainly chemistry to post-16 students for three years.
With his experiences in teaching and student mentoring, Helal joined the Graduate School in August 2012 to teach professional skills to postgraduate students. He creates teaching materials, delivers workshops and takes part in online teaching by liaising with staff to ensure the integration of skills development activities within the core curriculum.
Helal qualified as a Belbin Coach in 2016 and completed his Master's of Education in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 2018.