Donal is a teacher of English for Academic Purposes with a special interest in STEMM communication.
He joined Imperial’s Centre for Academic English (CfAE) as a permanent full-time member of staff in July 2022, having previously worked at CfAE teaching the 6 week summer pre-sessional course and providing in-sessional support to undergraduate students of Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science.
He now teaches academic writing and speaking courses across all strands of the centre’s STEMM communication provision. He also provides one-to-one advice and guidance through the centre’s drop-in and consultations service.
Donal has an MA in Teaching English for Academic Purposes from the University of Nottingham, where he taught EAP at its Centre for English Language Education for a number of years. Whilst at Nottingham, he was seconded to the library’s Teaching and Learning team to facilitate a range of online courses and face to face workshops for undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Donal has extensive experience of working with international students and scholars both at home and abroad. He lived in Colombia for several years where he was a teacher trainer at the University of San Gil. In addition to training local English teachers, he provided bespoke writing services to researchers and developed a course in writing English for Research Publication Purposes (ERPP).
Donal has three principal passions: teaching, persuasive writing, and science. Prior to beginning his higher education career, Donal held a variety of industrial and technical roles. Most notably, he worked at Schlumberger as a geophysicist for several years.
During an extended sabbatical he retrained as a Royal Yachting Association qualified sailing instructor and subsequently taught windsurfing in sunnier climes, before returning to the UK to help charities and third sector organisations write successful grant applications and funding bids.