Deirdre McKenna


I joined the University of Leeds in June 2020 as a Lecturer in EAP and currently have the following roles:

- In-sessional support for MA Film Studies module MODL5620 Film Arts & Industries, leading the Academic Literacies programme

- Module Leader for AEPS Level 2 

- Tutor on the 10 week online pre-sessional for STEM students

I previously worked as a Teaching Fellow in ELT at the University of Sussex, Brighton (2016-2020) where my responsibilities included convening the Pre-Sessional, the PGT Business Communication Skills module, and the FY Academic Skills module for Psychology students. I have also held EAP posts at the Arts University Bournemouth (2015-2016), and the University of Nottingham Ningbo, China (2013-2015), specialising in ESAP for Architecture and Design. Prior to my work in EAP, I taught Business English in Germany for 2 years and GE in South Korea for 5 years. 

My research interests include: the need for and viability of an ESOL programme at the University of Leeds; the role of language teaching in the identity of EAP practitioners; the cross-over in skills development and language needs for students using English as an additional language vs students using English as an L1; the impact of curriculum and materials development in supporting tutors new to EAP; communities of practice in the EAP teaching sphere. 

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  • PG Cert in HE & HEA Fellowship
  • MA in Applied Linguistics & TESOL
  • Licentiate Diploma in TESOL
  • BSc Psychology

Professional memberships


Research groups and institutes

  • Language Centre