SIG Convenor: Aleks Palanac (University of Leicester)

I am an EAP/ESOL practitioner at the University of Leicester and have been heavily involved in developing its University of Sanctuary initiative, particularly by widening participation to HE for asylum seekers and refugees through trauma-informed English language provision. More information about my social justice work in EAP and ESOL is available here

Secretary: Michèle le Roux (Durham University DCAD & Birmingham University BIA, Northumbria University and Universitat Oberta di Catalunya)

I am an independent EAP teacher, trainer and curriculum developer. I currently work as Teaching Fellow in EAP at the University of Birmingham; as MATESOL supervisor and assessor for Durham University; and as an online tutor for the Cara Syria project. I am also qualified in Catechesis, in Spiritual Accompaniment and in the facilitation of Nonviolent Communication and Circles of Trust. I seek to position myself with integrity at the interface of these two professional identities and to build bridges, resilience and community.

Treasurer: Lorraine Mighty (University of Birmingham, BIA)

I am an EAP practitioner and programme manager at the University of Birmingham. My research interests include the internationalisation of higher education; staff and students’ experiences of higher education and critical and inclusive pedagogy. My lived experience and keen interest in the equality and belonging agenda has led to my involvement in a number of institution-wide initiatives focused on social justice issues. This includes serving on the committee of the university’s Race Equality Network.

Events Officer: Iwona Winiarska-Pringle (University of Glasgow)

I am an EAP Practitioner at the University of Glasgow where I have been teaching on a range of in-sessional and pre-sessional courses since 2013. I have a Masters degree in TESOL and Translation from the University of Warsaw and a postgraduate diploma in Information Governance from Univeristy of Bath. In 2017 I was awarded Higher Education Fellowship. My particular areas of interest are: student engagement, educational mobility, curriculum for sustainable learning and development, educational dialogue and oracy. More information about my work here

Communications Officer: Dr Tomasz John (University of the West of Scotland)

Currently, my main affiliation is the University of the West of Scotland, where I am a Lecturer in English and TESOL contributing to teaching on MEd TESOL and BA ESL programmes. I am also a dissertation supervision and personal tutor on the MSc TESOL and MSc Language Education programmes at the Moray School of Education and Sport at the University of Edinburgh. I have recently joined the BALEAP EAP FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE SIG as a Communications Officer. I am passionate about ethical and comprehensive internationalisation of HE including decolonisation of curriculum, I care about representation in ELT and I am interested in the implications of EMI. More information about my work here.

Research Officer: Dr. Weronika Fernando (QMUL)

I am an Applied Linguist working at the intersection of Education, Linguistics and Social Anthropology. In my current role, I oversee the Insessional Programme at QMUL and convene MA modules in Teaching English in Professional and Academic Settings and in Languages for Specific Purposes. I also supervise MA and PhD students in Applied Linguistics and Language Teaching. In my work I am passionate about promoting inclusive approaches to curriculum design and pedagogy. I am particularly interested in challenging the deficit framing of language and literacy in HE.  

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