UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE)


Teaching staff

You will be taught by a number of experts in academic communication who specialise in preparing international students for graduate-level study. Find out more about them below.

Course leaders

Simon Burrell, IPM Course Co-Leader
Simon Burrell

IPM Course Co-Leader

Simon Burrell studied Law at Oxford and taught Land Law to undergraduates there for several years while also practising as a barrister in London. He re-trained as a teacher of English to speakers of other languages in Australia and taught on and managed academic English programmes there before returning to the UK in 2011. Since then, Simon has worked on English for Academic Purposes programmes at SOAS and UCL. He has been the International Pre-Master’s Course Coordinator since 2015.

Andy Bones, UCL International Pre-Master's lecturer

Andy Bones

IPM Senior Tutor

Andy holds a BSc and an MA in Economics from York and Essex Universities.  After leaving university, he taught English in Russia, Turkey and Italy.  He later gained a postgraduate Diploma (DELTA) in English Language Teaching followed by an MA in Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching.

He first taught at university level in Turkey and has also taught at London Metropolitan University.  He joined UCL in 2007 after a period teaching English in Qatar, and has since taught in preparatory, pre-sessional, in-sessional and Master’s preparation courses. 

Course lecturers 

Alison Evans, IPM Tutor

Alison Evans

IPM Associate Lecturer

Alison has a BA Hons in History and Italian from the University of Wales, and a Master’s in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. She began her teaching career in 2004, spending seven years in Italy teaching academic, business and general English to adults. 

She joined UCL in 2011 and now teaches academic communication skills and English for Academic Purposes across a range of courses to both native and non-native speakers of English. 

Chris Fenwick

Dr Chris Fenwick

IPM Associate Lecturer

Dr Chris Fenwick gained his first degree in Mathematics and Computing before being awarded a Master’s degree in Numerical Analysis from Brunel University. His PhD in mathematics education, which was awarded by Brunel University, related to how people learn mathematics. He has over 25 years of teaching experience relating to mathematics and has been involved in scientific communication for over 15 years.

Andrew Dobbie, IPM teacher

Andrew Dobbie

IPM Associate Lecturer

Andrew Dobbie studied Modern History at Oriel College, Oxford, before qualifying to teach English as a foreign language. He then taught in Turkey, Egypt and Syria, completing a Cambridge Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults and an MA in Islamic Societies and Cultures from SOAS.

After a brief period as a project manager for a thinktank in central London, Andrew joined UCL in 2009, and he now has over 20 years of teaching experience in the UK and abroad. He has an MA in Advanced Educational Practice from the IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society, and is a member of the City of London’s Worshipful Company of Educators.

Simon Liu

Simon Liu

IPM Associate Lecturer

Simon has an undergraduate degree in French Studies and Japanese Language & Contemporary Society (Oxford Brookes University). During his undergraduate degree, he completed initial teacher training in 2006 - the Cambridge CELTA (Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults) before pursuing English language teaching. He has taught a variety of students in several contexts full-time after completing his master's degree at the University of Oxford in 'Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition' in 2009. He was also a Trinity-registered teacher trainer for several years after completing the 'LTCL Licentiate Diploma of TESOL'. 

Simon taught on in-sessional EAP programmes at an international 6th form college and the Pre-sessional programmes at Heriot-Watt University and Edinburgh University before starting work at UCL in 2019 on a Pre-sessional course.


Gareth Brinkworth

IPM Associate Lecturer

Gareth has taught English language since 2007 and has since worked with children, teens, and adults in the UK, East Africa, Central Asia, the Middle East, North America, and Southeast Asia. 

He coordinated English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programmes at a London-based research institute and worked as a policy adviser at the Department for Education before joining UCL in 2017.

He has a postgraduate certificate in international education and a master's degree in education, policy, and society. He is currently studying for a doctorate in international and comparative education.


Dorota Nalepa

IPM Associate Lecturer

Dorota holds an MA in English Language Teaching, a certificate in Teaching English for Academic Purposes from SOAS and the Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (DELTA) from the University of Cambridge.

She has been teaching since 2002 and has worked at universities and educational institutions in the UK and abroad delivering and coordinating general and academic English courses to undergraduate and postgraduate students. She has taught on foundation, pre-sessional and in-sessional programmes. She has also worked on a variety of teacher training courses, such as the Cambridge CELTA and projects run by the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL) and the British Council.

At CLIE, she has been involved in teaching on the pre-sessional and pre-master’s programmes.