Ms Ricky Lowes

Ms Ricky Lowes

Lecturer (Education)

Plymouth Business School (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)


Member of the English Language Centre, teaching English for Academic Purposes. Module Leader ELC309, ELC312,
Senior Personal Tutor in the Plymouth Business School. 
Organizer of the Languages Café
Lead organizer, Plymouth Global Challenge


Diplôme de Langue et Civilisation Françaises, awarded from the Sorbonne in 1978 (with Distinction)

BA (Hons) English 2:1, awarded in 1981 from the University of York

Institute of Linguists Diploma in Spanish, awarded in 1988 (with Distinction)

MA TESOL, awarded in 1990 from the Institute of Education, University of London

Dip TEFLA RSA/UCLES (Distinction in practical), awarded in 1991

Certificate in Online Education and Training, awarded in 1996 from the Institute of Education, University of London

Before coming to work at the University of Plymouth in 2004, Ricky spent one year working freelance in Gothenburg, Sweden. Prior to that she was teaching English for Academic Purposes and Study Skills at London Metropolitan University for four years, and training English teachers at Waltham Forest College, where she worked for 14 years as a teacher trainer, EFL teacher and modern languages teacher.

Apart from working in the UK and Sweden, Ricky has spent one year in Guangzhou, southern China, where she co-ordinated development in English language testing on a British Council funded project, and six years in Spain, where she was a teacher and Director of Studies.

Professional membership

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Roles on external bodies

Member of the Editorial Board of The International Student Experience Journal

Teaching interests

Learner Autonomy; Peer Learning and Groupwork; Phonology & Pronunciation; Intercultural communication. 

Staff serving as external examiners

External Examiner for EFL and Business English at Nottingham Trent University

Research interests

Peer learning; Multicultural group-work (currently working with Michelle Virgo) ; Feedback; Pastoral care systems in Higher Education; Developing employability skills and career awareness in international students (currently working with staff from the Careers and Employability Service)

    Lowes, R (1998) Exploiting Technology  Modern English Teacher vol. 7/1

    Lowes, R & Target, F (1998) Helping Your Students to Learn: A Guide to Developing Student Autonomy. London: Richmond Publishing

    Lowes, R & Target, F (2001) Now! For Trinity. Oxford: Oxford University Press

    Lowes, R (2002) Teacher’s Resource Pack for Skyline 5  Oxford: Macmillan Heinemann ELT

    Lowes, R (2002) Web-based worksheets for Skyline Oxford: Macmillan Heinemann ELT

    Lowes, R & Target, F (2003) Study Skills Unit for ESOL Oxford: Basic Skills Agency

    Lowes, R, Peters, H & Turner, M (2004) The International Student’s Guide: Studying in English at University. London: Sage Publishing

    Lowes, R (2006) Attitude Workbook 1 Oxford: MacMillan

    Lowes, R (2013) "Bringing them together: international students and others" ISEJ, Volume 1(1), Spring 2013

    Other academic activities

    • Consultant to publishers (review and piloting of new texts)
    Pye, G. (2002) Vocabulary in Practice. Cambridge: Cambridge  University Press

    Craven, M. (2004) Listening Extra. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

    Advisory role on EAP materials, Oxford University Press, 2010-11

    • Conference presentations:

    Lowes, R. and Tempest, R. Project Work for EFLstudents, 1997 IATEFL 31st International Annual Conference 

    Lowes, R., and Cornell, S. Where does universitysustainability education belong?  University Sustainability and theCurriculum: Progress and Potential, Second Annual Conference of the HigherEducation Academy ESD Project, University of Bradford, July 10-11 2007.

    Lowes, R.  Worthy but dull?Making the Academic Word List fun. 2009 IATEFL  41stInternational Annual Conference, Brighton, UK 

    Lowes, R. Getting Together: initiatives at Plymouth Universitybringing home and international students together. How Good is theInternational Student Experience in British Universities and How Can We Help toImprove It?  BALEAP Professional IssuesMeeting (PIM), University of Leicester, UK  25th June 2011.

    Lowes, R.  Coffee and Conversation; Across the Ages Twolightning talks as part of a combined ELC presentation.  ALDinHE 10th AnnualConference March 2013, Plymouth University

    Lowes, R. and Li Yan.  Productiveclassroom teaching for Chinese students of EAP?  BAAL LanguageTeaching and Learning Special Interest Group 9th Annual Conference: Linkingteaching to learning in language education, 2013 July.

    Lowes, R. Closing the loop in feedback BALEAP PIM, Oxford Brookes University, 2014October  

    Lowes, R.  Engaging multiculturallearners using an on-line environment.   Languages in theGlobalised World, Leeds Beckett University, May 2015.

    Lowes, R. Feed-forward: using DLE resources toscaffold guided autonomous learning. Solstice conference, EdgehillUniversity, June 2015

    Lowes, R. Feed-forward to scaffold guidedautonomous learning,Ax-Innof, Nottingham University, June 2015. 

    Lowes, R.  DevelopingProfessional Competences through Multicultural Group-work. Languages and Employabilityconference, Regents University, London, June 2015.

    Lowes, R. and Dowland, P. Making it easier tobe effective personal tutors VC’s Teaching and LearningConference 2015, Plymouth University. 

    Lowes, R., Purnell, E.  and Bowstead, H. Exploring dialogicfeedback opportunities in the digital learning environment . VC’sTeaching and Learning Conference 2015, Plymouth University. 

    Bentley, A., Lowes, R., Lowes, R., Semley, N., and Spowart,L.  Innovative Practice in Personal tutoring at Plymouth University,CRA Conference on Personal Tutoring,  University of Wolverhampton,Wolverhampton, UK, 27 January 2016

    Lowes, R., Tyack, S., and  Goudarzinasab, M. PracticalInitiatives to Develop International Students' Employability Skills,Association of Business Schools Learning, Teaching and Student ExperienceConference 2016, Aston University, Birmingham, UK

     Lowes, R.    Practical Initiativesto Develop International Students' Employability Skills. Innoconf2016, YorkUniversity, York, UK, 17 June 2016

    Lowes, R.    Practical Initiatives toDevelop International Students' Employability Skills. UKCISA Annual Conference,University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK, 29 June – 1 July 2016

    Lowes, R. S3: Utilising University Data for StudentSupport. Utilising Data Effectively Across Higher Education, InsideGovernment, London, UK, 23 November 2016

    Additional information

    Interest in Middle Eastern culture and society.

    Languages spoken: English (native);  Spanish (near native); French (fluent to degree level); Kurdish (basic/conversational); Chinese (basic)