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Carrie McCullock

Carrie is currently the Head of Northumbria Language Centre. This involves leading and managing the University’s Academic English and Modern Foreign Languages provision. She is responsible for overseeing programme and module development and quality assurance processes for the Centre as well as managing, supporting, and organising the work and development of the team of tutors and associate lecturers that work in Languages. She also maintains the academic oversight of the QA Pathway College based at Northumbria and a TNE (Transnational Education) Foundation Programme with an overseas partner.

During her time at Northumbria, which she began as a part-time tutor in 2001, she has taught English for Academic Purposes (EAP) to a variety of students from many countries on both pre-sessional and in-sessional programmes and on short courses. Other roles have included coordinator of the pre-sessional summer school programme and the coordinator of University’s in-sessional EAP provision. From 2013 to 2015, she was the Director of Placements for the Faculty of Arts Design and Social Sciences working with colleagues to improve the employability of graduates with the introduction and implementation of a University wide placement process. She has also led the University through two successful British Council inspection in November 2012 and August 2016.

She was External Examiner at Edinburgh University for their EAP programmes from 2016-2020.

She gained Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) in 2019.

She is currently working on completion of her PhD (due March 2022) in which she is investigating International Postgraduate students and their academic self-concept in relation to their study skills

Prior to her work at Northumbria, she lived and worked on the island of Crete in Greece, where she taught English to children aged 11-18. She also lived and worked in Milan, Italy, where she taught beginners, and business English to adults. On her return to the UK, she worked as a supply teacher in secondary and middle schools in the North East. Before she began teaching, she worked as a volunteer for the Iona community in Scotland.

Outside of work, she is a singer-song writer and performer and a member of the Jazz.Coop in Newcastle, which was founded in 2014 and the first of its kind in the UK.

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