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Dr Julie King

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Director
t: +44 (0)20 7594 1528
e: julie.king@imperial.ac.uk
319a, CfAE, 3rd floor Sherfield Building, South Kensington Campus

Julie is the Director of the Centre and joined Imperial in 2013. She taught English in various countries before doing her Master’s and PhD at Durham University. She taught academic English at Durham University and Nottingham University, was a teacher trainer for the CELTA and DELTA, and was a principal examiner for IELTS for many years. She is an assessor for the BALEAP accreditation scheme and co-wrote the BALEAP TEAP Competency Framework. She was lead advisor for Epigeum’s online English for Academic Studies course and, whilst at Nottingham, created an online Master’s in teaching English for Academic Purposes. Since she started at Imperial, Julie has expanded and diversified the work of the Centre to support a wider range of College members with language needs related to learning, teaching and research publication. Her teaching mainly focuses on advanced grammar and writing for STEM. She supports postgraduate researchers, postdocs and academic staff through the Centre's Writing Tools for Research Publication Success workshops and the College's award-winning PhD Thesis Writing retreats.

Dr Julie Hartill

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Deputy Director
t: +44 (0)20 7594 1529
e: j.hartill@imperial.ac.uk
319b, CfAE, 3rd floor Sherfield Building, South Kensington Campus

Julie joined Imperial in 2001 as Deputy Director of the Centre for Academic English and Director of the Pre-sessional programme. Prior to this, she worked at the University of Essex as a Research Officer and then as a Teaching Fellow, teaching English for Academic Purposes to undergraduate and postgraduate students, and training EFL teachers. During this time, she also completed a PhD in Language and Linguistics with a focus on EAP. In her current role, she is responsible for the development and implementation of the intensive summer pre-sessional programme, coordinates and collaborates on Master’s workshops, and collaborated on the development of the Preparation for Academic Writing course for PhD students. She has taught across the full range of CfAE courses. Most recently, she led a review of all aspects of the intensive pre-sessional course. Her teaching mainly focuses on postgraduate writing for STEM.

Mrs Liz Chiu

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Senior Teacher of English for Academic Purposes
t: +44 (0)20 7595 2003 (internal)        t: +44 (0)20 7594 8758 (external)
e: liz.chiu@imperial.ac.uk
319, CfAE, 3rd floor Sherfield Building, South Kensington Campus

Liz joined Imperial in 2004 and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Her responsibility is designing and running speaking and listening courses for students, researchers and academic staff, and producing online courses via Blackboard. Liz specialises in the syntax and phonetics of modern English, and has developed courses on the mechanics of speech production, grammar for speaking and speed listening. In addition to coordinating the Centre’s listening and speaking provision, she contributes to curriculum and assessment development for the Centre’s intensive pre-sessional courses, and is assistant director for the 12-week programmeLiz also collaborates with Imperial’s Student Union to provide speaking opportunities and cultural integration for international students and staff.

Mr Brian Daughton

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Teacher of English for Academic Purposes
t: +44 (0)20 7595 2004 (internal)        +44 (0)20 7594 8758 (external)
e: brian.daughton@imperial.ac.uk
319, CfAE, 3rd floor Sherfield Building, South Kensington Campus

Brian is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has been a Teacher of English for Academic Purposes at Imperial since 2015. Prior to this, he taught on a number of summer pre-sessional courses here at the CfAE. He mainly teaches academic writing to undergraduates, Master's and early-stage PhD students, but is also involved in delivering many of the listening and speaking courses, and provides one-to-one consultations to Master’s and PhD students. Brian also prepares students for the Cambridge English: Advanced test through a course designed to help students improve their general English proficiency. As a writing tutor, he is especially interested in the field of discourse and genre analysis, and how students become competent writers within their disciplines. Brian lived and taught English for a number of years in private language schools in Italy and in Buenos Aires in Argentina. Brian has also worked as a journalist and a photographer. His work has been published in a number of books and international magazines.

Ms Hilary Glasman-Deal

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Senior Teacher of English for Academic Purposes
t: +44 (0)20 7595 2005 (internal)       +44 (0)20 7594 8758 (external)
e: h.glasmandeal@imperial.ac.uk
319, CfAE, 3rd floor Sherfield Building, South Kensington Campus

Hilary has been at Imperial since 1993, teaching research writing to PhD students, postdocs and academic staff. She collaborates in the design and delivery of research writing courses and the Centre’s Writing Mechanics workshops, as well as Imperial's award-winning PhD Thesis Writing retreats. She also designs and delivers external workshops on writing for journal publication, recently at the University of Vigo, Spain, the Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica (ITQB-UNL) and the Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil (LNEC), Lisbon, as well as at the Scientific Society for Saudi Students, UK. Other activities have included workshops at the University of Athens and the Nacional de Educacion a Distanca, Madrid, and a public lecture at the University of Shanghai. Hilary is the author of Science Research Writing for Non-Native Speakers (Imperial College Press, 2009), which has sold over 30,000 copies. It has been translated into Korean, Japanese and Chinese, and is used as a course book at universities around the world. She is expert at consulting on scientific research articles at the highest level in all areas of science, technology and medicine.

Mr Simon Goff

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Teacher of English for Academic Purposes
t: +44 (0)20 7594 8758
e: simon.goff1@imperial.ac.uk
319, CfAE, 3rd floor Sherfield Building, South Kensington Campus

Simon joined the CfAE as a Teacher of English for Academic Purposes in 2015. Previously, he taught English for more than a decade in a range of institutions both in the UK and abroad; notably, he taught on the pre-sessional programme at Durham University for five years. At Imperial, he delivers courses for undergraduates and Master’s students on writing lab reports, for PhD students on giving presentations, and for academic staff on improving written and spoken accuracy. He also gives one-to-one consultations on writing and presenting, and helps coordinate the three-week pre-sessional programme. He is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Ms Adele Hamid

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Teacher of English for Academic Purposes
t: +44 (0)20 7595 2004 (internal)        +44 (0)20 7594 8758 (external)
e: adele.hamid@imperial.ac.uk
319, CfAE, 3rd floor Sherfield Building, South Kensington Campus

Adele joined the Centre for Academic English as a Teacher of English for Academic Purposes in 2017. In addition to teaching academic writing to undergraduate and PhD students, she teaches listening and speaking courses and offers one-to-one consultations for all students and academic visitors. Before coming to Imperial, Adele taught English for Specific Purposes in Geneva, Switzerland, where she designed and delivered courses for staff members of international organisations and financial institutions.  While completing her Master’s in Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching at King’s College London, she also worked as Director of Studies for a private language school and taught English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). Adele is particularly interested in the areas of discourse analysis and intercultural communication.

Mr Brett Harmony

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Senior Teacher of English for Academic Purposes
t: +44 (0)20 7595 2003 (internal)        +44 (0)20 7594 8758 (external)
e: b.harmony@imperial.ac.uk
319, CfAE, 3rd floor Sherfield Building, South Kensington Campus

Prior to joining Imperial in 2004, Brett worked both as a writing teacher at Istanbul Technical University and as a pronunciation teacher in Los Angeles while completing his Master’s in English for Academic Purposes at the Charter College of Education. Brett continues to teach both writing and speaking courses, and has incorporated technology to assist his teaching and to provide detailed feedback.  He is the co-ordinator for both the term-time undergraduate provision and the intensive 3-week pre-sessional course. In these roles, he has designed courses and modules incorporating blended learning. Brett continues to work with undergraduate programmes to help improve students’ coursework. Departments he works with include Mathematics, Biology, Cell Biology, Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry, as well as Outreach and the Central Library.

Mr Robin Mowat

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Senior Teacher of English for Academic Purposes
t: +44 (0)20 7595 2005 (internal)       +44 (0)20 7594 8758 (external)
e: r.mowat@imperial.ac.uk
319, CfAE, 3rd floor Sherfield Building, South Kensington Campus

Robin has been a member of the CfAE since 2006. Prior to this, he taught English for Specific Purposes at Bordeaux Segalen University (Medicine & Life Sciences), the Bordeaux Kedge Business School, and the Bordeaux Chamber of Commerce and Industry. At the CfAE, Robin is responsible for managing the College’s Postgraduate English Requirement and for coordinating, designing and delivering PhD courses and assessments. He has also adapted writing workshops and courses for medical students at Hammersmith. Robin supports postdocs and academic staff through developing and teaching Writing Tools for Research Publication Success workshops offered through the Postdoc Development Centre, and similar workshops for the London Institute of Medical Sciences. He is involved in the award-winning PhD Thesis Writing retreats. His most recent project has been the design and teaching of a one-week research writing course for the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Szeged.

Mr Andrew Northern

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Teacher of English for Academic Purposes
t: +44 (0)20 7595 2003 (internal)        +44 (0)20 7594 8758 (external)
e: a.northern@imperial.ac.uk
319, CfAE, 3rd floor Sherfield Building, South Kensington Campus

Andrew joined the Centre for Academic English in 2016. Prior to this, he designed and delivered academic English courses, workshops and assessments in Beijing (at Tsinghua University) and in Hong Kong (at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology), where he was involved in an inter-institutional government-funded research and development project to raise academic literacy across the curriculum in Hong Kong tertiary institutions. At Imperial, Andrew designs and teaches a wide range of courses and workshops related to academic writing and speaking skills for students and academic staff, with a particular focus on PhD and postdoc research writing in STEM disciplines. He is also interested in blended learning and technology-supported teaching. He holds the Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

Ms Sharon Smith

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Teacher of English for Academic Purposes
t: +44 (0)20 7594 8748
e: sharon.smith@imperial.ac.uk
319, CfAE, 3rd floor Sherfield Building, South Kensington Campus

Sharon has been a Teacher of English for Academic Purposes at the Centre for Academic English since 2004. She designs material and courses to meet a range of student needs. This includes the development of the current range of listening and speaking courses, ongoing material writing for pre-sessional courses, and the development of workshops to support Master’s students in their academic writing. She also runs courses for academic visitors. Sharon has always been most interested in how students communicate their ideas effectively when speaking. Recently, her focus has turned to supporting PhD students at critical points during their degree. In response to her research findings, she developed a suite of short Effective Speaking courses for PhD students designed to prepare them for a range of exchanges from negotiating with their supervisor and honing research aims to drawing in the listener and exchanging ideas at a poster event. This work has led to the creation of bespoke courses for both internal and external academic staff.

Mr Neil Taylor

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Teacher of English for Academic Purposes
t: +44 (0)20 7594 8748
e: n.taylor@imperial.ac.uk
319, CfAE, 3rd floor Sherfield Building, South Kensington Campus

Neil joined the Centre for Academic English in 2008 and is responsible for coordinating the Writing Mechanics workshops. He works mainly with PhD students, designing and running courses which focus on improving academic literacy, but he also works with academic visitors and Master’s students, helping with their general English and presentation skills. During the summer, he teaches on the Centre’s pre-sessional programme. Prior to working for the Centre, he taught at the University of Nottingham, the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, and LUMSA University, Rome. As well as teaching at Imperial College London, Neil, a published historian, also teaches History of Design MA students at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Ms Rebecca White

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Teacher of English for Academic Purposes
t: +44 (0)20 7595 2004 (internal)        +44 (0)20 7594 8758 (external)
e: rebecca.white1@imperial.ac.uk
319, CfAE, 3rd floor Sherfield Building, South Kensington Campus

Before joining the Centre for Academic English in 2018, Rebecca was the co-ordinator of the English for Psychology programme at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium. As well as designing and delivering courses and assessments for students of psychology, Rebecca taught English for Specific Purposes to students from a range of disciplines, including STEM. She has also taught English for Academic Purposes at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and at the University of Leeds. At Imperial, Rebecca teaches academic writing courses for undergraduate, Master's and PhD students, and delivers a range of listening and speaking courses. She is particularly interested in the acquisition of academic vocabulary, and vocabulary use in academic writing.

Ms Nicola Halse

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Administrator
t: +44 (0)20 7594 3478
e: english@imperial.ac.uk
319, CfAE, 3rd floor Sherfield Building, South Kensington Campus

Nicola is the administrator for the Centre for Academic English, providing support throughout the year for all students and academic staff taking CfAE English courses, workshops, assessments and consultations. She also oversees the administration of the summer pre-sessional courses and is responsible for the Centre's website and online course registrations.

Ms Uche Okwuosa

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Assistant Administrator
t: +44 (0)20 7594 8748
e: english@imperial.ac.uk
319, CfAE, 3rd floor Sherfield Building, South Kensington Campus

Uche joined the Centre in 2017 and is responsible for the administration of the summer pre-sessional programme. She also supports year-round in-sessional courses, with a particular focus on undergraduate courses, Master's workshops, Writing Mechanics workshops, consultations, the Cambridge English: Advanced course and staff support.