Before coming to Birmingham, I did two years in the Classes Préparatoires aux Grandes Ecoles in Lyon, specialising in English in my second year, before joining The Université Lumière Lyon 2 where I obtained a Licence de Langue Vivante Etrangère: anglais (equivalent of a BA in English).
Immediately after my Licence, I was sent by my home university to Birmingham as a lectrice. At the same time I completed a Maîtrise de Langue Vivante Etrangère:anglais (equivalent of a MA in English) at Lyon 2 University.
In 1991-92, I assisted Henri Béjoint (maître de conférences at l'Université Lumière Lyon 2, France) in his work on the lexical notes and correspondence pages for the Oxford-Hachette French Dictionary which was published in 1994.
I came back to Birmingham to work as a Colloquial Assistant in September 1992, was appointed Language Tutor in 1996.
At the same time, I studied for an MPhil in the Department of History at the University of Birmingham, under the supervision of Professor Peter Jones. I graduated in December 1997. My MPhil was entitled A Comparative Study of the Development and Impact of Child Labour Legislation in Birmingham and the Stéphanois region of France from 1830 to 1900.
I was promoted to Language Coordinator in the Department of French Studies in 2003.
I became of a member of the Institute for Learning and Teaching in 2001 (subsequently the Higher Education Academy). I have been a fellow of the HEA since 2007.