Ms Helen Bowstead
In-sessional Academic Manager and EFL Lecturer
English Language Centre - Academic Development (Library and Academic Development)
Helen Bowstead manages the English Language Centre's insessional provision, which includes credit-rated modules and a range of workshops, online courses and resources aimed at students whose first language is not English. She is a full-time lecturer in English for Academic Purposes and also coordinates the UoP TESOL, which provides students and staff the opportunity to gain an entry-level qualification in English Language Teaching. As part of the Learning Development team, she established the unique and highly successful Writing Cafe and she is a trained PALS supervisor. More recently, Helen has worked on the Hello Project which welcomes newly arrived international and exchange students to the university by matching them with a more experienced 'buddy'. She has also secured funding to provide Community English classes to refugees and asylum seekers and works alongside the EDI team to help facilitate the university of sanctuary scholarships. Helen is also a Mental Health First Aider and a Wellbeing Champion and in her spare time she is studying part-time for a PhD in Education.
PGCE (Post-compulsory Education and Training)
PgCTEAP (Teaching English for Academic Purposes)
Professional Certificate TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
Advanced Certificate TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language)
BA Hons Communication Studies
Senior Fellow HEA
Developing writing confidence.
Staff serving as external examiners
External Examiner, Oxford Brookes
External Examiner, University of Exeter
Posthumanism/new materialism/post structuralism. Creative/innovative approaches to educational research. Immanent writing practices. Social justice.
Key publications are highlightedJournals
Writing Development in Higher Education 16th International Conference. University of Plymouth, 27 - 29 June 2016