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Sarah Mattin

Programme Director for the Academic English Programme

ISLI Academic Language and Literacy Liaison for Arts & Communication Design, Institute of Education, Literature & Languages, Food Science, Henley Business School (UG) and Psychology.

Chair of the Community of Practice for International Tutors

Areas of interest

My T&L scholarship interests include disciplinary differences in academic writing and developing criticality in student writing.


As Academic English Programme Director, I have academic and operational oversight of the University’s general and discipline-specific in-sessional provision.

Each department at the University of Reading has a dedicated Academic Language & Literacy Liaison contact from our Academic English Programme. I am the Liaison for the Schools and Departments listed above.

I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and I have worked on English for Academic Purposes courses in UK HE since 2009 in teaching and leadership roles. I worked at the Universities of Salford, Manchester and Liverpool before joining Reading in 2018. Prior to this I taught in Further Education as an ESOL tutor and teacher trainer and worked overseas teaching English in Holland, Poland, Spain and Australia.

Academic qualifications

MEd English Language Teaching (University of Manchester)

BA (Hons) French and Spanish (University of Manchester)

PGCE Further, Higher and Adult Education (Bolton University)

Cambridge Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (DELTA)

Professional bodies/affiliations

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Selected publications

Capstick, T. and Mattin, S. (2020). ‘Internationalisation in higher education’. In T. Capstick, Language and Migration. (pp.244-267). Abingdon: Routledge

Mattin, S. (2020). ‘Promoting and Tracking Student Engagement on an online Pre-sessional Course’. CQSD T&L Exchange Covid Case Study

Conference papers and presentations

‘Going beyond course evaluations: incremental steps to building comprehensive quality enhancement at module level’ (jointly delivered with Vicky Collins). BALEAP Conference, University of Glasgow (online), April 2021

‘One cohort, one task, but 15 different academic disciplines: how to integrate subject specificity on an EGAP Pre sessional Programme’ (jointly delivered with Vicky Collins). BALEAP Professional Issues Meeting, Northumbria University (online), March 2021

‘Leading a remote teaching team: reflections from an online Pre-sessional Course and implications for the future’, BALEAP Professional Issues Meeting, University of Kent (online), November 2020.

‘Planning, preparing and delivering an online UG Pre-sessional Course: Lessons Learnt’. ISLI Language Teaching and Research Forum, October 2020

‘Tracing dissertation topic and methodology selection: An ethnographic study of MA students’ writing practices in embedded in- sessional classes for a research design module’ (jointly delivered with Dr Tony Capstick). Ethnographies of academic writing: research and pedagogy, University of Zaragoza, May 2019

‘Initial steps to engaging students with research and enquiry’ (jointly delivered with Vicky Collins and Dawn Dinsdale). ISLI Language Teaching and Research Forum, June 2019