Imperial College London

Dr Julie Hartill

Central FacultyAcademic Services

Deputy Director, CfAE



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Julie is Deputy Director of the Centre for Academic English (CfAE) at Imperial College London. She creates, leads and teaches EAP courses for STEMM postgraduates and trains teachers in EAP for STEMM. She is responsible for the Centre's innovative pre-sessional courses and recently led a large-scale project to redesign the curriculum and delivery of the Centre's assessed pre-sessional. 

Julie is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and has been recognised as Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIEE) for 2022-2023 for the fourth consecutive year.  


Julie's academic background is in Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching, specifically English for Academic Purposes (EAP). She completed a PGCE and later an MA in TESOL at the University of Leicester School of Education, where she developed her deep fascination with the impact of classroom practice on learning processes. In 2002, she gained her PhD in Language and Linguistics from the University of Essex, using qualitative methods to explore course design in EAP. Since taking up post at Imperial in 2001, she has specialised in EAP for STEMM.

Research Interests

Her research and scholarship interests include EAP for STEMM, innovation in EAP course design and assessment, digital course delivery, classroom interaction and developing student autonomy.


'Using an integrative e-portfolio as an assessment-for-learning tool for speaking online' Paper presented at British Association of Lecturers in EAP (BALEAP) Conference Exploring Pedagogical Approaches in EAP Teaching, April 2021 [online]

People are more likely to speak behind the screen”: Exploring the hidden affordances of running a large-scale interactive event online. BALEAP 1st TEL SIG Conference: Technology-enhanced learning and EAP in the post-COVID-19 era with  L. Chiu, & R. White, October 2020  [Online]

'How we empower teaching and learning by getting teachers to learn and students to teach' Session for Microsoft Training Academy at the BETT Show 2020 (with L. Chiu), 22-25 Jan 2020.

'From testing to teaching and back again' Paper presented at BALEAP Conference on Innovation, Exploration and Transformation Leeds, April 2019

'English as a tool not just an objective: developing interaction and autonomy on a pre-sessional course' Paper presented at BALEAP Speaking PIM Newcastle, June 2018


'Responding to the Challenges of Moving an On-Campus Pre-Sessional Course Online During the COVID-19 Pandemic' in Cases in Teaching English for Academic Purposes (EAP) During COVID-19 (Kohnke, L., ed.) 2022

"People are more likely to speak behind the screen": Exploring the hidden affordances of running a large-scale interactive event online. Proceedings of the BALEAP 1st TELSIG Conference: Technology-enhanced learning and EAP in the Post-COVID-19 era (with L. Chiu and R. White) 2021 

‘Developing Web-based Corpora for EAP in G. M. Blue, (ed.) Developing Academic Literacy Oxford: Peter Lang AG 155-168 (with D. Lefevre) 2010

‘Strategies for Assisting Engineering Students with Their Writing Skills’ Proceedings of an International Conference on Engineering Education, EE 2006, Liverpool July 2006 317-322 (with Andrea Walker and David McPhail)

Abstracts for Language Teaching Cambridge University Press, Jan. 1997- June 2005

'Assessment in the real world' in G. M. Blue, J. Milton & J. Saville (ed.s) Assessing English for Academic Purposes Oxford: Peter Lang AG 117-129, 2000