Panagiota (Penny) Tzanni, Convenor (University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China )
Craig Coulson, Secretary (University of Nottingham)
Celia Antoniou, Treasurer & Social Media Coordinator (University College London/University of the West of Scotland)
Jolanta Hudson, Events and Web Coordinator (University of Glasgow)
Panagiota (Penny) Tzanni
After my graduation from the University of Birmingham and my studies in Applied Linguistics, I worked primarily in universities around the world teaching English for Academic Purposes.
I have taught in Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and China. The universities I have collaborated with include The American University of the Middle East, Coventry University, The University of Wollongong and University College London.
Currently, I am a Lecturer at the University of Nottingham, in Ningbo, China teaching mostly undergraduate students.
My main research interests include the use of technology in education and how we can enhance learning and motivation with web tools.
I have been involved in Higher Education since 2009. I completed the Cambridge Delta in 2011, and gained my Masters in Teaching English for Academic Purposes in 2016, in which my dissertation investigated the affordances of flipped learning in an EAP context.
Though the earlier stages of my career were based in the UK, I spent seven years teaching at Nazarbayev University in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, where, as a Senior Teaching Fellow, I co-managed the EAP department's Moodle platform. I also led a TEL working group, whose remit was to look at ways to help students develop digital literacies, run training for colleagues to upskill their levels of IT competence, and to support management and administration with day-to-day logistical challenges. Perhaps my greatest achievement was that I spearheaded what was called the 'Online Writing Environment', a cloud-based approach to student writing and file management designed to encourage high standards of academic integrity and facilitate tutor support and feedback through modern channels of communication. This won me a teaching award at the university in 2017.
Now working for CELE (Centre for English Language Education) at the University of Nottingham, I continue to look for ways to enhance both the student and staff experience through the meaningful inclusion and development of TEL.
I have been involved in higher education since 2011 and have worked as a Lecturer in Applied Linguistics and TESOL at the University of Portsmouth since 2016.
I'm currently programme leader for the BA in ESL at UWS and convene modules in linguistics, EAP and TESOL at both undergraduate and postgraduate level (MEd. TESOL). I'm also a Senior Teaching Fellow and dissertation supervisor at the UCL Centre for Applied linguistics.
I hold an M.Phil. in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland and a PhD from the University of Essex, UK.
I'm particularly interested in online teacher training and development and teaching EAP with technology.
I work at the University of Glasgow where I teach in-sessional and pre-sessional EAP. I also teach MSc TESOL modules and supervise MEd/MSc TESOL dissertations. In addition, I am the School’s TELT Officer, which involves providing support and staff training on the use of educational technologies.
My research interests include teaching English with technology, learner motivation as well as collaborative and academic writing.
I have a Dip (HE) in English Language Teaching, Trinity Diploma in TESOL, and M.Ed. TESOL from the University of Edinburgh, and I am currently doing my PhD in E-Research and Technology Enhanced Learning at Lancaster University.
I am also a Certified Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Trainer.