Richard Gidwaney

Richard Gidwaney

Deputy EAP Director

Contact details

Birmingham International Academy
46 Priorsfield
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

I have responsibilities of teaching on the insessional programmes, and for the running of the 20-Week presessional programme which starts in April each year and ends just before the new academic year.


  • MA Applied Linguistics
  • RSA Diploma TEFLA
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology


I am Programme Manager for Presessional and interim Programme Manager for Foundations Pathways. I’ve been Programme Manager since 2015. Before that I was an EAP teacher and Presessional Course Coordinator in the University of Birmingham. I first started teaching English in Spain where I taught for 8 years before moving to the Middle East – 2.5 years in Syria and 3 years in the UAE.


I teach or have taught the following programmes:

  • EAP
  • International Foundation
  • Visiting Scholars
  • Insessional, including classes for small group language development, grammar, vocabulary, academic writing, English for Economics, English for Engineering, and Erasmus students

I also offer 1 to 1 tutorials.

Other activities

I am also involved in:

  • Materials and assessment development
  • Teacher training and assessment moderation
  • Sessional teacher recruitment
  • Teacher assistant recruitment and training