I have a background in Modern Languages and TEFL and have lived and worked in a number of countries, including Japan, Denmark and France. I have visited a large number of countries for university business or for conferences, including the following: China (7 times), Singapore (3 times), South Korea, Iran and Israel. I have been with the Unit since 1994 and am currently the Deputy Director with special responsibility for staffing and assessment issues.
I have been an External Examiner and Examination Writer for the International Foundation Programme run by the Northern Consortium of United Kingdom (Universities), and an External Examiner for the HEFP at the University of Warwick.
I am currently an External Examiner for the IYA and the KYA programmes at Aston University.
I addition to my main duties, I am responsible for supporting on a one to one basis university staff (academic/administrative) who are experiencing difficulties in the field of academic or social communication within the university context. I also undertake research into areas of particular relevance to the Unit, e.g. the validity of new English language qualifications, the role of presessionals in preparing students for university study.
Language testing, factors affecting foreign language proficiency gains within the study abroad context.
Recent Conference papers
"Is Our Taxonomy Good for Our Pedagogy?" (co-presentation with Gail Horton): Teaching and Learning Conference, UoB (Jun 2011)
"Evaluating the Effectiveness of EAP/ESP Presessionals" (co-presentation with Sophia Butt): BALEAP Professional Interest Meeting, University of Kent (Feb 2012)
"Tracking Foundation, Pre-sessional and EAP Students" (co-presentation with Sophia Butt, Hasan Shikoh): BALEAP Professional Interest Meeting, University of Kent (Feb 2012)
"Developing a ‘Quick & Effective’ Tool for Identifying Academic Writing Skills Deficit for University Students" (co-presentation with Els van Geyte): EALTA Conference, Innsbruck, Austria (Testing SIG) (Mar, 2012)
"Who Then Really is an International Student?" (co-presentation with Gail Horton): UKCISA Conference, University of Warwick (Jul 2012)