Lorraine Mighty

Lorraine Mighty

Presessional Programme Manager

Contact details

Birmingham International Academy
46 Priorsfield
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

I am responsible for the management of our presessional courses beginning in September and January and for the undergraduate and foundation presessional courses beginning in April.


MA in Learning and Teaching (Dist.)

Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults (DELTA)

Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA)

BA (Hons) in Writing and Publishing Studies


I have taught English since 2007 and have worked for a variety of educational institutions in the UK and overseas. The majority of my experience has focused on teaching pre-sessional and in-sessional English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses. However, I have also taught English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and General, Business English and exam preparation classes. Additionally, I have facilitated staff development workshops and designed curricula, assessments and teaching materials for various courses.

At my previous employer, I was Project Lead for their cross-institutional programme of work that formed part of the Higher Education Academy’s Strategic Enhancement Programme: Internationalising the Curriculum. The project focused on identifying opportunities to further internationalise the student experience through consultation with students, staff and industry partners. This activity links to my research interests.

Prior to teaching, I worked in administrative, coaching, people and project management roles, working for and with multinational companies.


I do not have teaching responsibilities in my current role. However, alongside teaching English for Academic Purposes, I have previously developed and taught undergraduate Academic Research modules.

Other activities

Other responsibilities

In addition to my main responsibilities, I am Academic Conduct Lead for the presessional programmes that I manage. 

Academic interests

My main research interests include the internationalisation of higher education; staff and students’ experiences of higher education; critical and inclusive pedagogy; academic identity.

I am a PhD candidate at the University of Birmingham’s School of Education exploring how the internationalisation of higher education is (re-)shaping the identify of academic staff.

Professional Recognition

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 


Mighty, L. (2014) Internationalisation: Differing Interpretations and Associated Student Experience Implications. International Student Experience Journal [online]. Vol 2., No.1. http://isejournal.weebly.com/uploads/1/6/3/1/16311372/isej_lorraine_final.pdf


Mighty, L. (2014) Reflections on studying in the UK : A case study of the UK learning and teaching experiences of international students on dual degree programmes. 17th Warwick International Postgraduate Conference in Applied Linguistics (24-25 June 2014). Warwick University, UK.