Alister Drury


I started teaching English as a foreign language in 1997 initially working in Russia and Poland before returning to the UK to teach at language schools in London and then in Leeds, where, I worked as an academic manager, teacher and teacher trainer.  I began teaching English for Academic Purposes in 2017 at Manchester University  before spending two semesters teaching undergraduate engineering students at Leicester University’s Joint School programme with Dalian University of Technology in China. I have worked at the University of Leeds since 2018, where I teach English for Academic Purposes to both postgraduate and undergraduate students. I also work at the University’s Joint School Programme with Southwest Jiaotong University in China. 


  • Module Co-leader for English for Engineering (XJFY0100) at Southwest Jiaotong
  • Module Co-leader for Language for Science and Engineering (ELU3014)

Research interests

My research interests are currently focussed on academic and disciplinary vocabulary. 

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  • Master's in Applied Translation Studies
  • Cambridge Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (DELTA)
  • BA Hons Politics

Student education

I mainly teach English for Academic Purposes to science and engineering students who are studying on a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate. I also work with Leeds University’s Joint School programme in China teaching undergraduate students.