Biography

Dr. Roy Wilson
Academic Skills Coordinator

Introduction

Roy manages, devises and delivers materials and curricula for academic writing, critical thinking and other skills support for international students on the Graduate Programme in Islamic Studies and Humanities and the Secondary Teacher Education Programme. This entails providing one-to-one and group support to enable students to overcome any issues that they face with academic writing, and adapting to the expectations of academic literacy at Masters level. Roy also visits and works with various Ismaili Tariqahinfo-icon and Religious Education Boards, to support the local post-graduate preparation programmes. 

Prior to joining the Institute, Roy taught English as a foreign language in the UK and abroad since 2000, including working in a teachers college for two years with Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) in Henan Province, China, working in London as the Director of Studies at a language school, advising on materials, assessment of English language proficiency and preparation for academic English tests. In addition, Roy has also worked as a tutor with students at an international A-level college in Croydon, London, preparing them for university study, both with academic language proficiency and academic skills.

In 2016, he completed his PhD at the University of Warwick in the field of the validity of academic English proficiency tests. The research focused on relating test taker performance on academic English proficiency tests (specifically the PTE Academic), to the academic literacy of international postgraduate students from African and Asian Commonwealth countries studying in the UK. He also holds an MA in International English Language Teaching and Applied Language Studies from London Metropolitan University, a BA in African Language (Swahili) and Culture from SOAS, University of London and a Certificate in Education for the post-16 further education sector and a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA).