Imperial’s Centre for Academic English

The Centre for Academic English is a unique and experienced team specialising in academic STEMM communication. The team works with all Imperial College London academics, researchers and students, whether or not English is their first language. Their provision is extensive and ranges from responding to the STEMM communication needs of first-year undergraduates to supporting the research output of senior faculty members. They also work with external organisations, providing intensive courses and workshops tailored to their specific requirements.


Julie King


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 EAP.  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. 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

Hilary Glasman-Deal 


Hilary Glasman-Deal is a Senior Teacher of English for Academic Purposes for the Centre. Hilary has been at Imperial since 1993, teaching research writing to doctoral students, postdocs and academic staff. Hilary is the author of Science Research Writing, 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. A second, updated version of the book, directed at both native and non-native speaker researchers, is now available. She is expert at consulting on STEMM research articles at the highest level in all areas of science, technology, maths and medicine. 

Robin Mowat 

Robin is a Senior Teacher of English for Academic Purposes and has over 20 years’ experience designing academic language and literacy programmes, with a particular focus on STEMM research writing. Prior to joining Imperial in 2006, he developed and delivered courses at the University of Bordeaux, the Bordeaux Kedge Business School, and the Bordeaux Chamber of Commerce and Industry. At the CfAE, Robin is responsible for the coordination, quality assurance and strategic development of the Centre's programme for doctoral students. He also develops and delivers a range of research communication workshops, retreats and consultations for members of staff. Robin holds the Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

Andrew Northern 


Andrew is a Teacher of English for Academic Purposes at the Centre for Academic English and holds the Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. Before joining Imperial in 2016, Andrew taught at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and Tsinghua University (Beijing). He specialises in teaching research writing in STEMM disciplines, including the Centre’s Writing a Research Paper course for PhDs and the Writing Tools for Research Publication Success workshop for postdocs and fellows. He is also involved in the award-winning PhD Thesis Writing and Research Impact and Influence retreats.