Rina Fokel de Vries

Rina Fokel de Vries

Engineering and Physical Sciences
BIA EAP Tutor & Presessional Coordinator

Contact details

Birmingham International Academy
46 Priorsfield
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT


  • Post-doctoral training Demography, PDoD, University of Amsterdam
  • MA English Language & Culture (first-class), Radboud University, Nijmegen
  • MSc Non-Western Demography (merit), University of Groningen
  • CELTA, Studio Cambridge, Cambridge
  • TEAP, IFCELS, SOAS, University of London


I started out as a geographer and social demographer; my master's thesis concentrated on infant mortality in developing countries. For a few years I worked in the Department of Sociology at Utrecht University, where I did research on female employment and fertility rates. In my spare time, I became active as a novelist; I have published several works of fiction. After completing my second degree (MA English), I began teaching English, soon specialising in EAP. In addition to my job at the University of Birmingham, I am also a freelance academic translator and editor for several university language centres in the Netherlands.


At the BIA, I teach on the:

  • Presessional EAP (UG) programme
  • Foundation Programme
  • In-sessional workshops and 1-to-1s



  • Opleiding en verschillen in arbeidsmarktparticipatie en vruchtbaarheidsgedrag van vrouwen [Education and differences in labour force participation and fertility behaviour of women] (1993). Brussels/The Hague: Bevolking en Gezin, 1993/1
  • Child Health in Developing Countries (1992). Demographic Reports, Faculty of Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen, the Netherlands


  • The Long and the Short of It (2006). E-book: www.richardfrost.net
  • Brain and Body (2000). London: Allison & Busby. Short-listed for the Amazon.co.uk Writers’ Awards 2000 (Judges: Alain de Botton, Zadie Smith, and Sarah Waters)
  • Stage-play Openings (1999). York: Rhesus Productions