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School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

Kathryn Richardson


Chair/Director Of The Language Centre, and Director of The Confucius Institute

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 2835
Room Number: Bancroft Building 125


I’ve been Chair/Director of the Language Centre, a department of the School of Languages, Linguistics and Film at Queen Mary University of London since 2012, and Professor of Language Education since 2013. I had a career in language education and training before moving into the higher education sector in 2002, when I joined Southampton University as Lecturer in languages, followed by a move to Kingston University in 2006 as Principal Lecturer.

The Language Centre at Queen Mary runs a number of programmes: PhD in Applied Linguistics, with a particular focus on institutional discourse; MA in English Language Teaching; MA in Language Teaching; International Foundation Year and Pre-Masters Graduate Diploma in Humanities & Social Sciences and in Economics & Finance; Pre-Sessional summer programmes with pathways for Law, Science & Engineering, and Social Sciences; In-sessional English language and study skills, both discipline specific modules and English for general academic purposes; and non-specialist language modules in Arabic, French, Japanese, German and Spanish. I am also Queen Mary’s Director of the Confucius Institute, run in partnership with Shanghai University of Finance & Economics. Among other activities, the Institute runs modules in Chinese from beginner to advanced.

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As part of my public engagement, I work with local schools through the Confucius Institute, which provides teaching in Chinese language and culture, and we invite school students onto the Queen Mary campus to introduce them to university life. In addition, I was inaugural Chair of Queen Mary’s Global Excellence in Education Committee until 2019, and retain membership of Queen Mary’s Global Strategy Committee and Transnational Education Working Group; in addition, I chair the School’s International Committee, which aims to further links between the School and universities overseas. I am also a founding member of the non-profit Paris-based association, Women Business Mentoring Initiative, (now Women Initiative Foundation), which promotes the advancement of women in business and in the economy, and which has supported more than 100 women entrepreneurs to success.

I hold professional doctorate in Higher Education Management (pending), a Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics for English Language Teaching, a DELTA, CELTA, PGCE and undergraduate degree in Politics and Sociology. I am a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.



Educational and professional qualifications

2017 DBA in Higher Education Management, University of Bath

2004 MA English Language Teaching, University of Southampton
1981 RSA Diploma in ELT, RSA International House
1980 RSA Certificate in ELT, RSA International House
1978 PGCE, University of Exeter
1977 BA Hons Politics and Sociology, University of Exeter

Professional experience (post-1990)

2009-2012 Principal Lecturer and Co-ordinator of English Language Development, Kingston University, responsible for Kingston's language centre
2006-2009 Principal Lecturer and Associate Co-ordinator of English Language Support, Kingston University, responsible for Kingston's language centre
2002-2006 Lecturer in EAP; Co-ordinator of in-sessional English language programme; Law Pre-Sessional Course Director; MBA Pre-Sessional Course Director, University of Southampton
1987-2002 Director of Studies, Business English Services, London