I joined the OU as Staff Tutor in Education in the London region in May 2003 and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2006. I am currently a member of three Module teams in presentation: U214 Worlds of English, E302 Language and Creativity and L801 MA Translation Studies.
I am a member of the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics and have been involved in the Thinking Together research project, investigating the use of ICT in primary mathematics classroom to promote exploratory talk. I formerly worked as an EAL and English teacher at North Westminster Community School, London.
I am an active CPD facilitator on the topics of language and mathematics, English as an additional language (EAL), and provision for gifted and talented EAL students.
I am currently interested in social media and the linguistic landscape fields and working on a project about creativity and identity in Liverpool Footbal Club fans' banners. I am also developing a research interest in language in art and, having worked as a translator and interpreter, translation studies. (I am currently working on a translation of Friedrich Dürrenmatt's Der Besuch der Alten Dame.
I am a co-opted member of NALDIC (National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum - the UK's professional association for those working with learners of English as an additional language in our schools) and serve on their Publications Committee.
My main areas of impact come through my work with NALDIC on EAL issues through publications and CPD. I have also written a number of articles for The Conversation on language, nationality and migration that have attracted interest from around the globe (over 30k readers so far). I have also made frequent appearances on national and local radio talking about language and migration issues.
My main external collaboration has been with NALDIC, the IK's EAL professional association and I also maintain links with schools through talks to students and CPD.
I am on the editorial board of Language and Education and a peer reviewer for saeveral other journals.