Imperial College London


Central FacultyCentre for Higher Education Research and Scholarship

Senior Teaching Fellow in Educational Development



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Richard is a Senior Teaching Fellow in Educational Development in the Centre for Higher Education Research and Scholarship (CHERS), in the Educational Development Unit. Richard previously worked in the Graduate School at Imperial, where he designed the College's Advance HE-accredited Graduate Teaching Assistant Programme (GTAP).

Before moving to Imperial, Richard was Head of Modern Languages and Lecturer in Higher Education at Brunel University London. He has also previously worked as a Lecturer in Applied Linguistics at Zurich University of Applied Sciences in Switzerland, and he has taught German, translation and interpreting at the University of Surrey and German Linguistics at the University of Kent. 

In 2013, Richard completed a PhD in corpus-based interpreter education and language learning at the University of Surrey. He also holds a Masters (MEd) in University Learning and Teaching, a PGCE in Modern Languages, a BSc (Hons) in Linguistic and International Studies, and he is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Ippolito K, Boyd N, Bale R, et al., 2020, Emotions as pedagogical tools: the role for educational developers in university learning and beyond, Eth Learning and Teaching Journal, Vol:2, ISSN:2624-7992, Pages:322-326

Bale R, Moran H, 2020, Reflections on peer facilitation of graduate teaching assistant training, Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice, Vol:8, ISSN:2051-9788, Pages:157-162

Bale RJ, 2016, Online to on stage: towards a performative approach to interpreter education, Scenario, Vol:10, ISSN:1649-8526, Pages:8-21

Bale RJ, 2016, Promoting learner autonomy through spoken corpora, International Journal of Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, Vol:5, ISSN:1689-7765, Pages:121-143

Jekat S, Prontera D, Bale RJ, 2015, On the perception of audio description: developing a model to compare films and their audio described versions, Transkom: Zeitschrift Für Translationswissenschaft Und Fachkommunikation, Vol:8, ISSN:1867-4844, Pages:446-464

Bale R, 2015, An evaluation of spoken corpus-based resources in undergraduate interpreter training, International Journal of Applied Linguistics, Vol:25, ISSN:0802-6106, Pages:23-45

Bale R, 2013, Undergraduate Consecutive Interpreting and Lexical Knowledge, Interpreter and Translator Trainer, Vol:7, ISSN:1750-399X, Pages:27-50


Bale R, 2020, Teaching With Confidence in Higher Education Applying Strategies from the Performing Arts, Routledge, ISBN:9780367193638


Bale R, 2019, Students as partners in modern languages: An evaluation of student teaching assistants in an institution-wide language programme, New Pathways in Foreign Language Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Editor(s): Galani, Tseligka, Pages:7-20, ISBN:978-960-233-248-1

Bale RJ, Ehrensberger-Dow M, Pescia De Lellis L, 2017, Swiss energy policy in translation, Energiediskurs in der Schweiz, Editor(s): Kleinberger, Rosenberger, Bern, Peter Lang, ISBN:978-3-0343-2580-6

Bale RJ, 2017, STA(r)s in the classroom: supporting collaborative learning with Student Teaching Assistants, Innovative Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Editor(s): Branch, Hayes, Hørsted, Nygaard, Libri

Hayes S, Bale RJ, Bhoola T, et al., 2017, Innovative teaching and learning practices using student partnerships, Innovative Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Editor(s): Branch, Hayes, Hørsted, Nygaard, Libri

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