Hasan Shikoh

BME Presessional Coordinator & EAP Tutor

Contact details

Birmingham International Academy
46 Priorsfield
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

I joined the University of Birmingham as an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Tutor for undergraduate and postgraduate students in 2008. Running parallel to this, from 2009 to 2014, I was engaged as part of the management team on the Business Management English (BME) Presessional in a diverse role covering iVLE/IT Coordinatorship; staff recruitment and observations; staff and student training; curriculum design; and multimedia branding and marketing. I am currently the lead BME Coordinator in the Birmingham International Academy (BIA).



  • PhD in Creative Writing (in progress)
  • MA in English Language Teaching for Specific Purposes
  • MA in English Literature
  • MBA in Marketing
  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • BA in Journalism & Political Science


  • Certificate in Professional Studies in Education
  • Teacher Training Certificate 


Since 1997, I have worked as both teacher and teacher trainer at Higher Education Institutions in a number of countries, including Pakistan (National College of Business Administration & Economics), Oman (Polyglot Institute LLC) and the UK (University of Warwick & University of Birmingham). Currently, at the UoB, in addition to my responsibilities in the BIA, I work as an Online Distance Learning Tutor of Applied Linguistics and TEFL in the English Language & Applied Linguistics (ELAL) department.

Prior to this, my professional career began as a journalist, soon after which I was appointed by The Frontier Post daily newspaper to work as sub-editor of their weekend magazine. Following this, I worked as copywriter with Genesis Productions; voiceover artist with a number of independent production houses, including Telesman; business report writer with Mischievous Marketing Ltd; corporate trainer at NetSol Omni Ltd (training arm of Nestol Technologies Ltd, a NASDAQ company); and senior news anchor at Business Plus, satellite TV channel. I was also the lead actor in a short-short film entitled 'The Work of Art' made for the Warwick Shootout Competition. More recently, I was engaged by Masaryk University in the Czech Republic for online teaching and publication projects.

Scholarships and awards

  • Hornby Education Trust Scholarship to study on the MA in ELT for Specific Purposes programme at the University of Warwick
  • PCBA Director's Scholarship for scoring distinctions in the MBA degree programme at the University of Central Punjab


I teach English for Specific Purposes (ESP) courses for the following Birmingham Business School programmes: 

  • MBA Suite
  • MSc Marketing Suite
  • MSc Investments
  • GDBA
  • MSc Economics  

Additionally, I teach lunchtime/Open Access EAP classes in a range of areas, including: 

  • Academic Writing
  • Vocabulary
  • Speaking & Pronunciation
  • Grammar
  • Small Group Workshops (language/study skills) for MA/MSc & PhD students

I also offer one-to-one tutorials run by BIA.

Other activities

Conference presentations

  • 'Moral Management - Employee Relations: Recruitment & Retention': Higher Education - New Technologies & Innovation (HENTI) Conference, Akaki Tsereteli State University, Kutaisi, Georgia (May 2017)
  • 'The Interdisciplinary Cognizance of Imam Husayn (a.s.)': Husayni Minbar Symposium, Al-Ameed International Centre for Research & Studies, Kerbala, Iraq (March 2017)
  • Presenter & Convener: 'Semantics & Translation Issues in Novel Writing': Husayni Heritage Symposium, Al-Ameed International Centre for Research & Studies, Kerbala, Iraq (December 2016)
  • 'Writing Papers for Scientific Journals': Guest Lecture Series, University of Kerbala, Kerbala, Iraq (October 2016) 
  • 'ISIS - the mindset and its origins': Global Lecture Series, Soka University, Tokyo, Japan (June 2016)
  • 'Culture, Critical Thought & the Quest for Truth': Second International Conference on Communication Styles (ICCS), Krosno State College, Krosno, Poland (October 2015)
  • 'Multimodality, Authentic Texts & the International Classroom': Norwegian Forum for English for Academic Purposes (NFEAP) Conference, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Oslo, Norway (June 2015)
  • Plenary speaker: 'The Multimodal, the Authentic, and the EAP': Higher Education - New Technologies & Innovation (HENTI) Conference, Akaki Tsereteli State University, Kutaisi, Georgia (May 2015)
  • 'Multimodal Authenticity in EAP': ELT EAP Conference, University of St Andrews, Scotland (March 2014)
  • 'Pedagogies for Autonomy - Booster Week' (co-presentation): BALEAP Biennial Conference, University of Nottingham, England (April 2013)
  • 'Understanding Presessional Students’ Provenance & Managing their Expectations' (joint presentation): BALEAP Professional Issues Meeting (PIM), University of Kent, England (February 2012)
  • 'e-Boardwork – Simple yet Smart': BALEAP PIM, University of Bristol, England (February 2011); and at the Teaching & Learning Conference, University of Birmingham, England (June 2010)
  • Teacher Trainer on the theme of 'English for Young Learners in Latin America & the Caribbean': Two-week Hornby Regional Summer School, San Nicolas, Argentina (January 2008)
  • 'Developing Short Story Writing Among Adult ESL Students' at: (1) TESL Ontario International Conference, Toronto, Canada (November 2006); (2) 3rd AZETA International Conference, Baku, Azerbaijan (September 2006); (3) IATEFL-HU Literature SIG Short Story Day, Budapest, Hungary (May 2006); and (4) SPELT International Conferences, Lahore, Pakistan (2002 & 2003)
  • 'ELT Issues in Developing Countries' (poster presentation) at: (1) 3rd Biennial International Research Festival, University of Warwick, England (June 2006); and (2) IATEFL 40th Annual International Conference (with Hornby Scholars), Harrogate, England (April 2006)


Understanding UK Presessional Students’ Provenance & Managing their Expectations (with J. Rees & S. Butt).


I have published over 130 articles in a number of newspapers and magazines.