Staff Profile:Chiara Cirillo

Dr Chiara Cirillo
Job Title:
Associate Professor

As Programme Director, Chiara Cirillo is responsible for the strategic development and the management of the Institution-Wide Language Programme, which provides language modules to around 900 students (undergraduates, postgraduates and staff). In this role Dr Cirillo contributes to the Global Engagement Strategy within the wider ISLI and University context, as well as taking overall responsibility for the curriculum provision and the quality management and enhancement of the Programme.

Dr Cirillo is an active member of the IWLP teaching team and is module convenor for Italian 2. She facilitates staff development workshops within the Programme and for the wider University.

ISLI (School) responsibilities:

Management Committee, member

Teaching and Learning Committee, member

Research Committee, member

University responsibilities:

Foreign Languages Strategy Group, member

Areas of Interest:

Language teaching and language policies in HE; language learning strategies; Italian language teaching & learning; assessment & testing; teacher development; reflective practice. 

Research groups / Centres:

Recent conference presentations:

Association of University Language centres (AULC) 17th Conference, University of Cardiff, 7-8 January 2016: 'Supporting quality teaching: a profile of IWLP teachers and the role of Language Centres on the eve of the TEF'.

Enhancing student learning through innovative scholarship (ESLIS) Inaugural Conference, University of Durham, 16-7 July 2015: 'What place for scholarship in university language learning and teaching?' (co-presented with R. Balestrini)

Association of University Language centres (AULC) 16th Conference, University of Cambridge, 8-9 January 2016: 'Do Language Centres Value Quality Teaching? CPD in Language Centres' (co-presented with R. Balestrini).


UCML-AULC survey of Institution-Wide Language Provision in universities in the UK (2015-2016), March 2016 (co- authored with C. Campbell, M. Critchley and J. Morley)

External roles:

External Examiner for Italian, Institute for Languages and Culture, Regent's University, London

Association of University Language Centres, Executive Committee member (CPD)

Professional affiliations:

Higher Education Academy, Senior Fellow

Association of University Language Centres, member

UK Association for Language Testing and Assessment, member


University of Reading, PhD Italian Studies

University of Pavia (Italy), Laurea in Lettere Moderne.

Contact Details

+44 (0) 118 378 8885

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