I am the Academic Coordinator for EAP1 courses. Our presessional courses run over up to four terms covering undergraduate, Study Abroad, postgraduate, PhD and Birmingham Foundation Academy students. Most recently I have designed and developed materials for intensive summer courses for both Economics and Engineering students from our partner universities in China. I have also taught and developed materials for a number of other EISU courses including the BME presessional, Chevening students, Nanjing Automotive, Russian nuclear scientists and other business professionals.
BA Geography (Honours)
PG Diploma in Management Studies
PG Diploma in Marketing
Graduate member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing
I have taught for nearly 20 years both in the UK and Australia, mainly teaching international students. Whilst in Sydney I taught at the University of Technology as well as New South Wales University. In the UK I have taught business subjects at postgraduate level for the Chartered Institute of Marketing as well as teaching EAP for many years. After returning to the UK from Australia I spent three years working in a secondary school as the Assistant Manager of the Learning Development Centre. During this time I formulated and wrote a business plan as part of a successful bid to secure a one million pound National Lottery grant to build a Sports Centre for use by the school and the public. The business plan showed that the Sports Centre could be run as a financially viable organisation over a period of years.
My first career was in advertising and PR at a London based agency where I progressed to the position of manager after working on a number of accounts, including BUPA, the Corporation of London and Barings Bank. I mainly worked on different aspects of strategy development related to corporate image. During this time my team won an advertising industry award for the best use of market research in an advertising and PR campaign.
I teach on the EAP1 Presessional programme.
My main interests include developing new courses, curriculum and materials development, assessment and maximising the student experience.
I also currently teach part-time for the Open University on their distance learning programmes.