UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE)


Teaching staff

You will be taught by a number of UCL academic communication experts 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 a number of 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.

Ian Newby, IPM tutor

Ian Newby

Acting Senior Tutor

Ian Newby has degrees in Earth Sciences (University of Portsmouth) and Education (IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society), as well as the Cambridge Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. He has taught in a number of different contexts, including a Further Education College in London teaching Geography and Environmental Sciences, as well as a private language school in Brazil where he taught English.

Before joining CLIE, Ian worked for the SOAS-UCL Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Languages of the Wider World as a teacher trainer.

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.

Andy Bones, UCL International Pre-Master's lecturer

Andy Bones

IPM Associate Lecturer

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.