Skip to 0 minutes and 5 secondsHello, I am Ahmad. I am from Aleppo, Syria. And today, I'm studying at the University of London doing my Master's in Violence, Conflict, and Development.

Skip to 0 minutes and 18 secondsHello, I am Rassina. I am from Syria. I am studying now GCSE English. And I want to be in the Future Economics University of Liverpool.

Skip to 0 minutes and 34 secondsHello, I am Zakariya Absi. I'll be one of the course mentors. I'm from Syria. I came here in 2008 to do a Master's in English Language Teaching. And then, I progressed to a PhD in English language teaching as well. And at the moment, I'm a lecturer in EAP and Academic Studies Skills at University of Essex. I hope you'll enjoy the course.

Skip to 1 minute and 6 secondsMy name is Ella Ininahazwe. I'm a Burundian lady and I'm at present a refugee in Rwanda. And I'm studying at Capital Programme, which is in relationship with Sylvan, New Hampshire. And I'm about completing my B.A. in health care management, which will help me to earn an American degree after my studies.

Introduction to other learners

In this course we’ll be hearing from lots of different people who have already achieved their university goals and you will also get advice and guidance from the course mentors. The course mentors are:

Dr Zakariya Absi

Dr. Zakariya Absi is an Academic Skills tutor at the University of Essex. He has taught different proficiency levels of English and lectured on English Language Teaching and Academic Skills courses for the past 6 years, in addition to managing and coordinating a number of pre-sessional courses at the University of Essex. He holds an MA and a PhD in English Language Teaching.

Dr Cora Lindsay

Dr Cora Lindsay is a lecturer at the School of Education at the University of Nottingham. She teaches academic literacies to the international student body at the university on both the pre-sessional and in-sessional programmes and is also currently running an English language programme for the refugee community in Nottingham. Before she joined the University of Nottingham, she worked first for the British Council, where she taught English language, literature and cultural studies in Italy, Yugoslavia, Slovakia and Hungary, and then for the Centre for Language and Communication at the Open University. Her academic background is in applied linguistics and English literature.

Anna Lloyd

Anna is Head of Education Technology at Cambridge English. Prior to this, Anna was a school manager, academic manager and English teacher for about 10 years. Her first role was teaching numeracy, literacy and English as a Foreign language to asylum seekers starting high school in London.

Sarah Rogerson

Sarah Rogerson is an Assessment Group Manager at Cambridge English where she has worked on Cambridge English exams, systems and processes for 8 years. Prior to this, Sarah worked in English Language teaching for 10 years in Taiwan and in the UK. Sarah’s teaching in the UK was in the Further Education sector with some focus on providing teaching and support to refugees and asylum seekers in order to help them find pathways to Higher Education or employment.

Chloe Shaw

Chloe Shaw is Partnerships Strategy Manager at Cambridge English and has worked in English language education for over 10 years. In her current role she is responsible for managing and developing strategic partnerships for Cambridge English and, in previous roles, led on the higher education marketing strategy. Chloe holds an English language teaching qualification.

Mary Whiteside

Mary Whiteside is Digital Content Manager at Cambridge English. Before this Mary worked in Higher Education, working on a BA programme in English Language Teaching and Linguistics. Previously she worked in Further Education, teaching a range of students ESOL (English for Speakers of other languages) and literacy. She was also responsible for running the English language courses for the Access to HE programme.

Following mentors is a good way to see the main discussions in a course as they will focus on popular comments and questions. You can click on a mentor’s picture where they have made a comment and ‘follow’ them from their profile.

Task: Tell us why you are on the course and what you’d like to achieve in the comments below.

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Aim Higher: Access to Higher Education for Refugees and Asylum Seekers

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