Ms Alison Leslie (FHEA)

Ms Alison Leslie (FHEA)


I joined the University of Leeds in 2008 to study for a Masters in International Development in Education in the School of Politics and International Studies and as a Teaching Fellow in the Language Centre.  My main remit is preparing international students for academic study but I also deliver global citizenship education to both home and international students.

I started my teaching career in TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) in 1993, teaching in France, Italy and Greece. After teaching in private language schools, I switched focus to TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) in further education colleges in the UK.

Studying for a Masters in Applied Linguistics for English Language Teaching at Lancaster University in 1999 introduced me to teaching international students in higher education. Since then I have specialised in teaching English for Academic Purposes (EAP), working also at the universities of Salford and Central Lancashire.  This was interluded by two years working as a secondary school teacher and teacher trainer for the Ministry of Education in Namibia with Voluntary Service Overseas.

I have also worked as a volunteer with the following organisations which empower young people through education: STAR (Student Action for Refugees) and Envision.

I was an external examiner for the Cambridge and Trinity suites of ESOL exams for 10 years.

I am a qualified teacher and became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2018.


  • Programme Leader

Research interests

As a result of my experience in development education, I identify primarily as a global educator. Global citizenship education for building sustainable communities was the focus of my Masters. In the context of higher education, my interest in global education aligns with issues around student engagement, identity, diversity and inclusivity, criticality, employability and internationalisation.

Talks and Publications

Putting the Global Citizen into Academic Studies, poster presentation, Inform Conference, Newcastle University, June 2012

Critical Engagement Through Global Citizenship, with K. Kaur, Student Education Conference, University of Leeds, January 2013

Globalisation, Student Education Bulletin, University of Leeds, May 2013

Global Citizenship Education: Preparing Young People for Their Future, Cafe Politique, Durham University, May 2013

Study Skills in English?: Does it Do What It Says On The Tin?, InForm Conference, Reading University, June 2013 and InForm Journal, February 2014

Expectations of and on international engineering students in UK HE: investigating global citizenship identity, BAAL Routledge Applied Linguistics workshop, Manchester Metropolitan University, September 2016

Global Citizenship Education: Transitions into and beyond the Academic Community, BALEAP PIM, Glasgow University, November 2016

Going Digitally Native, blog available at

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  • MA International Development in Education
  • MA Applied Linguistics in English Language Teaching
  • RSA Diploma English Language Teaching for Adults
  • BA European Languages and Institutions

Professional memberships


Student education

I teach on various programmes throught the year preparing international students for undergraduate and postgraduate study at the University of Leeds. This includes designing materials and syllabi for in-sessional, pre-sessional and foundation year programmes in English for Academic Purposes. I am also involved in delivery of the Horizon Study Abroad programme across the University and the joint Leeds-SWJTU programme in Chengdu, China and leading programmes in Leeds and at Shanghai University of Politics and Law, China.

Research groups and institutes

  • Language Centre