Neil is a Teacher of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) at the Centre for Academic English (CfAE). He coordinates the CfAE's Communicating Science Successfully sessions, a College-wide series of workshops designed to improve all aspects of academic literacy. Neil is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has been nominated for the Student Academic Choice Award. He is a member of The Society of Authors.
Neil's teaching and research interests focus on two key areas:
1. Writing - Neil works with colleagues across the College to help them maximise a text's impact and improve reader engagement. He strongly believes that, given the right input, good writing is something that everyone is capable of.
2. Presentations - Neil helps Imperial College London colleagues develop all aspects of their professional speaking practice (lecturing, delivering conference papers, preparing for vivas, etc). He also designed and delivered a 3-day 'public speaking' course for academics at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
Prior to working for the CfAE, he taught at the University of Nottingham, the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, and LUMSA University, Rome.
In addition to working at Imperial, Neil teaches at the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Royal College of Art. He is a guest lecturer at the University of the Arts (London) and The Faber Academy.
He is a published historian and his first novel, published in hardback by Simon & Schuster, is a BBC Radio 2 Book Club choice. The paperback is out May 2021.