About

The Transnational Educational (TNE) SIG addresses the interests of EAP practitioners involved in EAP/ESAP provision for institutions offering programmes across borders, ie. in TNE settings. We aim to create a platform for systematic sharing of ideas, expertise, and experience of EAP provision in TNE.

Committee Members

Joanne Shiel (PFHEA) – Convenor

Joanne is an Associate Professor of EAP at the University of Leeds, where she’s been working in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPS) since 2014. Her current role is as Year 1 Director and Director of Language for Engineering Programmes at the South-West Jiaotong University (SWJTU) – Leeds Joint School in Chengdu, China. She represents the Joint School on the Faculty Digital Education Committee and the University’s International Pathways committee and is a founder member of the Teaching and Learning Enhancement Network (TALENT) in EPS.   

Joanne’s scholarship interests are in English Medium Instruction, with an ongoing study of the experience of TNE on flying faculty, and the establishment of cross-cultural teams within the partnership. She is currently working on a project with Engineering and Physical Sciences colleagues to investigate exploiting the opportunities of the TNE context to develop the soft skills of Engineering students.  

Elisabeth Wilding – Convenor/ Treasurer

Liz is a Professor of EAP at the University of Reading, where she’s been involved in EAP teaching and management for over 20 years. Her current role is as Transnational Education (TNE) Programme Director for the International Study and Language Institute (ISLI), which includes overseeing English and foundation provision at the NUIST Reading Academy in Nanjing, China. Liz is a member of the Editorial Board of InForm, the journal for international foundation programme professionals. 

Her academic interests include TNE, supporting international students’ transition into higher education, and technology-enhanced learning.  

Susan Finlay – Secretary

Susan is a Lecturer in EAP at the University of Glasgow. She has been working at the James Watt School of Engineering since 2018, developing credit-bearing English courses on the joint programme with Glasgow College, UESTC (University of Electronic Science and Technology of China) in Chengdu, Sichuan province. 

She also does professional development work with the English teachers who teach on the courses.

Jennifer Macdougall – Events Coordinator

Information coming soon….

Stella Bunnag – Events Coordinator

Stella is a Senior Lecturer in EAP at Nottingham Trent University, working on a partnership programme with Communications University of China and pre-sessional courses in the UK. She has worked for universities in Greece, Thailand and China, as well as having a career in EAP publishing.

Her interests include transnational education teacher education, curriculum design and digital learning. As well as being an events coordinator for the TNE SIG, she also manages events for the TEd in EAP group.

Fatima Halday – Web Coordinator

Fatima started teaching EAP at the University of Cape Town Language Centre. She then started teaching in China and is currently working for the Maynooth International Engineering College in partnership with Fuzhou University. She is also the English Language Coordinator for this programme.

Her interests include professional development, teacher identity, technology in education, intercultural communication and global citizenship.

Samantha Wilson – Social Media Coordinator

Sam is a Lecturer in EAP at the University of Leeds, where she works on the transnational partnership program between the University of Leeds and Southwest Jiaotong University in Chengdu, China.  

Her academic interests include TNE and the role of identity in student and teacher experiences abroad. 

Sofia Di Giallonardo – Ordinary Member

Sofia is a lecturer at the University of Glasgow, English for Academic Studies, working with pre-sessional and undergraduate students. Her TNE work involves a collaboration with Nankai University, preparing students for the Joint Graduate School programmes in International Relations, Translation Studies, Environmental Science and Urban and Regional Planning.

Her research interests lie in cross-cultural collaborations, peer observation and EAP teacher identity.

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