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BALEAP PIM: Leadership and Management

5th June 2021 @ 10:00am - 4:30pm


Durham Centre for Academic Development at Durham University hosted a Professional Issues Meeting on the following topic: Leadership and Management in EAP: Insights, Issues and Experiences.


EAP exists in institutions in all kinds of forms and, as many practitioners are aware, our position in the institution, our roles and our status can be complicated. Because of this and because ‘leadership and management’ happens in different forms and at many different levels across the sector, issues in leadership and management are relevant to all practitioners, not just Heads or Directors of EAP provision. In the PIM, therefore, our goal is to explore a wide range of issues from a wide range of perspectives.

Professor Melinda Whong from The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology delivered the plenary lecture: Leadership (and management) in EAP: Whose job is it? 

Leadership can easily be seen as something to do with others. I argue that there is an urgent need for EAP as a profession to accept responsibility for needed leadership, and much potential for higher education more broadly if it does. In this talk I will explore parallels between teaching and leading to suggest that taking ownership of leadership starts with EAP practitioners themselves. Turning to the profession more generally, I argue that failure by EAP as a profession to own leadership contributes to marginalisation within higher education. I will end with concrete suggestions of what we can be done to foster leadership, from individual practitioners, to within programmes and centers. Through fundamental rethinking of who we are and what we are in a position to do, we can increase the chances of improving the precarious position that, unfortunately, continues to characterise our profession.

Durham PIM Programme  provides the details of the talks.

Presentation slides:

Simon_Hotchkiss_The strategic position of EAP in the academy

Suzie_Coates_Supporting & developing tutors on a large-scale pre-sessional course

Özlem_Baykan_Leading a team remotely

Olga_Rutkovska-Lis_Fighting the battle: EAP  teacher education and development on a pre-sessional programme

Maxine_Gillway_Learning leadership through, from and with others

Malgorzata _Drewniok_Becoming a third space leader in the context of EAP

Lisa_Hanson and Elizabeth Allen_From managing to leading growth and change 

Karin_Whiteside_Rising the profile of ESA in-sessional practice and practitioners

Karen_Nicholls_Academic leaders’ talk about language development

Jody_Bradford_Rethinking leadership through the lens of micropolitics

Jess Sequera, Rob Marks A tale of two in-sessionals

Gareth_Morris_Tackling career progression challenges

Dave_Watton_and Jane Sjoberg Streamlining_flexibility_and_ support

Conrad_Heyns_Leading from behind

Heléna Stakounis and Dr Emma Bruce Emergency Remote Management (ERM) in EAP 2020 Provision


A few talks were recorded and they can be accesed here, including the plenary talk by Prof. Melinda Whong:


5th June 2021
10:00am - 4:30pm
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