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Durham University

School of Education

Staff Profile

Ms Terri Edwards, MA, RSA Dip TEFLA, PGCAP, FHEA

Research Student in the School of Education

(email at


I started teaching English for Academic Purposes (EAP) at Durham in 2007. Before that, I taught General and Business English in the UK, Germany, and Japan (1985-2007) and Greek History in the UK (1984). I hold Master's degrees in Ancient and Modern History (Oxford), Classical Studies (The Open University), and Educational Research (Durham).

At Durham, I provide writing, study skills and research support to all levels of students and staff at the university. My main roles are as follows:

  • Teacher of Ancient History on the Foundation Programme;
  • Teacher and co-producer (in partnership with Durham students) of the Academic Writing Workshop, an evening course of 29 sessions running across the whole academic year, open to all students (including Exchange students and visiting scholars);
  • Teacher and materials writer of Academic Skills courses, open to all undergraduates;
  • Researcher, materials writer and teacher of discipline-specific EAP courses in closed groups, for Education, History and STEM subjects such as Physics, Biosciences and Earth Sciences;
  • Dissertation supervisor on the MA TESOL programme.

In my free time, I work as a volunteer, assisting community archaeology and heritage groups in the North-East with fieldwalking, research and project write-ups. So far I have worked with The Friends of Longovicum, the Lanchester Heritage Audit group, and Cleveland Archaeological Trust, mostly by contributing text and editing for their booklets and reports.

Conference Presentations  

Edwards, T. (2019). Breaking the boundaries of academic communities: staff-student partnerships in EAP. St Andrew’s EAP.

Edwards, T. (2018). Changing lives for good via staff-student partnerships: reflections on a UKCISA-funded pilot project. UKCISA Conference: Edinburgh.

Edwards, T. (2018). International students as Curriculum Advisers for academic writing courses: developing and implementing staff-student partnerships. UKCISA Member's Seminar: London. Available at:

Edwards, T. (2017). Innovative practice in academic writing curriculum development: staff-student partnerships at the Durham University English Language Centre, Durham Learning and Teaching Conference: University of Durham.

Edwards, T. & Yang, T. (2017). “What I think is right becomes totally wrong”: Chinese students’ changing experiences of academic writing in Higher Education in the UK, CERA: Institute of Education, London.

Edwards, T. (2017). (Re)positioning international students and EAP staff in the curriculum design cycle, NFEAP: Oslo & Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Norway. 

Edwards, T. (2017). Developing materials for lab report writing in three STEM disciplines', ESAP 2017: Ruhr Universität, Bochum, Germany.

Edwards, T. (2017). From curriculum recipient to Curriculum Adviser: transitions for international students in academic writing course development, UK Lingua: Durham. Available at:

Edwards, T. & Barakat, T. (2017). International students as Curriculum Advisers for academic writing courses: developing and implementing staff-student partnerships, BALEAP 2017: Bristol. Available at:

Edwards, T. (2017). International students as Curriculum Advisers: staff-student partnerships in English for Academic Purposes, STORIES 2017: Oxford.

Edwards, T. & Fitzgerald, A. (2016). From clarion calls to autocomplete errors: a nascent discourse on openness in UK universities, OER16: Edinburgh.

Carr, C., Joubert, M. & Edwards, T. (2016). Negotiating language and content in EAP materials: three practitioner views, St. Andrews EAP. Available at:

Edwards, T. (2014). Authenticity in course materials for postgraduate scientists and mathematicians, BALEAP Professional Issues Meeting: Leeds. Available at: 

Fitzgerald, A., Davidson, J., Edwards, T. & Carr, C. (2012). Open Text Analysis Tools & Techniques for the EAP Practitioner BALEAP Professional Issues Meeting: Durham.

Invited Speaker

Ustinov Global Forum Cafe, Durham University (2nd October 2017): From Britannia to Brexit: A Journey through Languages and Cultures.

Ustinov Seminar: Online Learning: Adapting Education During the Pandemic, Durham University (26th May 2020): Teaching the Disembodied: Online Tests and Trials during COVID-19.


UKCISA Pilot Project (2016-17) International students as Curriculum Advisers for academic writing courses: developing and implementing staff-student partnerships. The project report can be viewed at

Research Interests

  • Staff-student partnerships in EAP
  • STEM writing


Conference Paper