Alison Tinker

Alison Tinker

EAP Teaching Fellow

Contact details

Birmingham International Academy
46 Priorsfield
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

I have been at the BIA since 2018, teaching on the Foundation course and coordinating the UG Presessional course in the summer.


Although I am English, I lived and worked for many years in Spain, where I completed my DELTA and worked as a teacher and Cambridge examiner in Barcelona. In 2016 I moved to Ningbo in China for 2 years, and was an EAP tutor in the University of Nottingham China on the year 1 programme. While there I passed my HSK level 2 exam in Mandarin, but seem to have forgotten most of that now.

I came back to the UK for many summer presessionals over the years, working at the University of St Andrews and University of Manchester as well as here in Birmingham – where I was happy to settle when I moved back to this country. I have been here since the beginning of 2018.