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Rachel Rushton

  • Module Convenor for Foundation in Academic Skills
  • Lecturer in Academic Skills and English for Academic Purposes
  • Academic Tutor to students on the International Foundation Programme

Areas of interest

My particular areas of interest are finding innovative ways to develop academic skills at Foundation level and assessment development and literacy.


I have specialised in Foundation level studies in the UK since returning to the UK in 2008. Prior to this, I had taught English as an Additional Language to students in Japan and Spain, coordinating school-based English Programmes of study and exam preparation. Continuing to work with international students was my first consideration when starting work at a UK university.  I have been able to do this through working on the International Foundation Programme at the University of Exeter and, more recently, the University of Reading. I have held positions of responsibility on both programmes as Reading and Study Skills Coordinator at Exeter and as Coordinator of the Foundation English for Academic Purposes module at Reading. More recently, I have had the opportunity to set up and convene a new module in Academic Skills for UK-based Foundation students.      

Conference Papers and Presentations

‘Embedding Life Tools into a module’(presentation) (jointly delivered with Alicia Pena Bizama). Student Academic Transitions Toolkit, University of Reading, February 2022

‘Using Onedrive to address the challenges of online group work' (Blog post) (jointly written with Gemma Peacock & Natalie Drake). Teaching and Learning Exchange, University of Reading, October 2021. URL:

‘Using Onedrive to address the challenges of online group work' (presentation) (jointly delivered with Gemma Peacock & Natalie Drake). Learning and Teaching Research Forum, University of Reading, May 2021