Dr Milena Marinkova

Dr Milena Marinkova


I have been teaching at the Language Centre of the University of Leeds since 2016, designing materials and delivering sessions to international students at the Foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate level on year-long and pre-sessional courses.

Prior to this, I had an extensive career in the public and private education sectors in the UK and abroad, covering three main areas: English language teaching, academic skills, and literature and cultural studies.

I have four years of TEFL experience at various private language centres in Bulgaria, teaching general English at all levels and age groups. In the UK HE context, I have designed and delivered a range of classes on EAP and ESP (Business and Management, Arts and Social Sciences, and Education) for both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

I have taught intensive pre-sessional courses (Hull and UCLAN), and year-long Foundation and International Year One programmes (LJMU and NTIC). In the period 2012-15, I worked as an Academic skills tutor at the Universities of Leeds and Liverpool John Moores. I was responsible for the delivery of generic and bespoke sessions on academic skills, such as writing in the disciplines, conducting research, critical thinking, teamwork, transition to university and employability.

I also have ten years of experience teaching literature and cultural studies at the Universities of Leeds, Birmingham, Teesside, Derby and Huddersfield. In addition to seminar facilitation and lecturing, I have been involved in dissertation supervision, research degree examination and module administration.


  • School Academic Lead for Inclusive Practice
  • Module leader

Research interests

In my research to date, I have examined different aspects of multidimensional writing such as the representation of difference, embodiment and affect. I have published in peer-reviewed journals on postcoloniality and the Balkans, cinematic narratives, witness writing, affective translations of place and identity.

I have peer-reviewed for The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, The British Journal of Canadian Studies, Canadian Literature, PMLA and Women, Gender and Research. I have made a concerted effort to integrate my literary research on phenomenology into my EAP teaching practice. I have written an article on interdisciplinarity in the classroom, which analyses the challenges of deploying interdisciplinary discourses and methodologies in streamlined university courses.

I also have an ongoing interest in the role of experientiality and affects in learning, in particular, with reference to learners with SpLDs, which has informed my curriculum, materials and assessment design.

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  • FHEA
  • PhD English (Leeds)
  • MA, BA English Philology and Broadcast Journalism (Sofia)

Professional memberships

  • Modern Languages Association (MLA)
  • British Association of Lecturers in English for Academic Purposes (BALEAP)

Student education

Currently, I am a lead and deliver teaching on year-round Discovery modules, as well as in-sessional and pre-sessional EAP programmes. 

Research groups and institutes

  • Language Centre