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Our team

Our team consists of experienced researchers, EMI teacher-trainers, materials writers and international education consultants.

With many years' experience in working with universities around the world, we support Higher Education Institutions in their internationalisation.

Each team member brings with them their expertise in international higher education; research into EMI, active learning and teaching, professional development, testing and the use of technology in Education. We make your Internationalisation a success. The Head of our Training team is Tom Spain.


Julie Dearden Director

Julie Dearden is the Director of Oxford EMI Ltd. She was Senior Research Fellow in English Medium Instruction (EMI) at the Department of Education, University of  Oxford, until 2016. Julie is also a lecturer at the University of Oxford. Before that, she was founder and Director of International Programmes at Hertford College, University of Oxford.

Julie has published widely on EMI: English as a Medium of Instruction: a Growing Global Phenomenon (2015) is an overview of EMI in 55 countries. She co-wrote A Systematic Review of EMI in Higher Education (2018). Julie has written on teacher beliefs and attitudes in EMI; Higher Education Teachers’ Attitudes towards English Medium Instruction (2016) and EMI: Comparing teacher beliefs in secondary and tertiary education (2018). During a research project in Turkey she became particularly interested in how English Language teachers and EMI academics might need to adapt their pedagogy and how they might work together, see EMI in Turkish universities: Collaborative planning and student voices (2016). In her recent chapter The changing roles of EMI academics and English language specialists (2018) she proposes that English teachers should play an increasingly important role in an EMI world.

Her experience as a university teacher, researcher and Director of International Programmes, inspired her to found Oxford EMI Ltd in order to support and deliver the best possible training to University teachers.
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Tom Spain Consultant & Senior Trainer

I have worked intensively in EMI for the last five years – as a consultant, course writer and trainer working as a trainer for the British Council, as a Tutor and Research Assistant at the Department of Education, University of Oxford and now as Consultant and Trainer at OXFORD EMI TRAINING.

I worked for the British Council in Spain for over seventeen years where I co-authored their Academic Teaching Excellence (ATE) course in collaboration with the University of Oxford. I have taught EMI (English Medium Instruction) courses for lecturers extensively throughout Europe, Asia and North Africa over the last four years.

Having worked in Higher Education settings for many years, I have witnessed first-hand the growing impact of English on the sector for teachers, researchers, administrative staff and students. I am fascinated not only by the communication issues that arise, but also by the possibilities afforded in terms of people's effectiveness as communicators, teachers and learners on an international stage.

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Ben Beaumont is Head of Teacher Education at Trinity College, London. He is the academic and operational lead for a suite of qualifications taken by approximately 3,000 teachers every year. Ben has worked in a variety of different educational sectors (primary, secondary, vocational education and higher education) and is keen to share his knowledge from across the sectors to help teachers and lecturers create effective learning environments. Ben’s research interests include the effects on lecturers of changing to English as a Medium of Instruction (EMI) and identifying the type of support universities can put in place to minimise difficulties during such a transition.

Dr. Steve New is Associate Professor in Operations Management, Said Business School and a Fellow of Hertford College, University of Oxford. Dr New is a leading authority on supply chain management. He is particularly interested in how individuals and organisations construct and interpret their environment and the systems in which they operate, how ethical and environmental issues are reflected in the supply chain, and in the impact of the internet and rise of B2B commerce. He is one of the leading scholars investigating the enigma of the Toyota Production System (TPS) and the West’s growing interest in the application of Japanese techniques to manufacturing.


Emma Procter-Legg is an education consultant and IT lecturer for the IT Learning Centre at the University of Oxford. She has a PGCE in Post-Compulsory Education and has taught in a range of different contexts including international and further education colleges as well as higher education institutions. Emma has worked on a number of educational research projects and is interested in the use of learning technologies, mobile learning and social media in education.

Dr. Mohammad Yaqub is a visiting research fellow at the institute of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford and a lecturer at the IT Learning Centre, IT Services, University of Oxford. Dr Yaqub is also the vice president of Engineering at Intelligent Ultrasound Ltd. Dr Yaqub is particularly interested in medical image analysis applications especially the development of intelligent machine learning algorithms to improve ultrasound imaging. More details can be found on LinkedIn.

Dr. Annette Bradford is an Oxford EMI Associate and Adjunct Fellow at Temple University Japan. Her research focuses on the internationalization of higher education. She has a special interest in how EMI can help students and universities fulfil their international aspirations and she has published widely on this topic. Her co-edited (with Howard Brown) volume English-Medium Instruction in Japanese Higher Education: Policy, Challenges, and Outcomes (Multilingual Matters, 2018) highlights the drivers of EMI growth and the impacts that EMI is having on universities in Japan. Annette is also co-editor for Routledge’s Focus on English-Medium Instruction in Higher Education series. She previously held positions as an associate professor at Meiji University and as Council on Foreign Relations-Hitachi International Affairs Fellow. She received her doctorate in Education Administration and Policy Studies at The George Washington University. Annette is currently based in Japan and Singapore

Will Nash has over 20 years experience in Further and Higher Education, including in training and development for Universities in China, Europe, Russia and South Korea.  He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Will has a MEd in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education  with his dissertation being on EMI. He has an MA in Professional Development in Language Education including CLIL and Teacher Education. He also has a PGCE in Further, Higher and Adult Education.  Will is Academic Director for Teacher Training and Development at the University of Sheffield ELT Centre, a trainer for the University of Cambridge Language Assessment Certificate and Diploma in ELT, as well as HE member of the national Professional Development Group for English UK. Will has been training in ELT, EAP and EMI for over 10 years on courses in the UK and around the world, as well as delivering consultancy and conference talks internationally.  His interests are Teacher Education and Teaching in University Contexts.

Dr. Maria Auger is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Materials.  Dr Auger's research background is mainly devoted to the preparation and processing of materials. In recent years she has been involved in the development of ODS Fe-Cr alloys for fusion applications. Her research interest lies in correlating the processing parameters with the mechanical properties, microstructure and nanostructure of the obtained materials and their evolution after irradiation. In July 2013 she joined the Materials for Fusion and Fission project as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in collaboration with the Atom Probe group.

    John Kenny is a Lecturer in Politics at Trinity College, University of Oxford. He provides tutorials for the Political Sociology undergraduate paper and has previously taught on the graduate Sociological Analysis paper. His research interests lie in the fields of public opinion and environmental politics and his work has been published in Climate Policy and the Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties.

    Xiaopeng Fu is a 4th-year DPhil student studying Medical Sciences at the University of Oxford. She graduated with a bachelor degree from Tsinghua University in PR China before attending the University of Oxford. Xiaopeng Fu has enjoyed studying in these two extraordinary universities, which have very different cultural backgrounds and teaching systems, and yet these universities share a common enthusiasm for education. Both Tsinghua University and the University of Oxford are famous for sports, Xiaopeng Fu enjoyed running at Tsinghua as well as rowing at the University of Oxford. She is glad to be able to share her experience with our course participants.


    Prof. Misako Inoue has extensive experience in Higher Education in Japan and is one of our Associates based in Japan. After being appointed Vice-President of Otsuma Women's University, she continued to work at the institution for over 30 years and is now appointed Professor Emeritus.

    Prof. Misako Inoue has also held roles in international relations between the UK and Japan. She is a member of the National Institution for Academic Degrees and Quality Enhancement of Higher Education as well as a member of the board of governors of Japan Women's University, from which she obtained her degrees. From June 2021 she will become a member of the board of directors of Otsuma Women's University.

    Prof. Misako Inoue received an award in 2020 for distinguished service in University Education by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

    We are happy to welcome her to the Oxford EMI team.

    Rachel Appleby is our Oxford EMI Associate based in Hungary. Rachel is a member of our EMI training team and is a very experienced trainer with over 20 years experience. She has worked throughout Europe and run training courses in Singapore, Egypt, Bahrain and Georgia. As well as being an experienced face-to-face EMI trainer, Rachel is also qualified in online training by The Consultants-e. Rachel works in the Higher Education sector both teaching and training. She currently teaches on the MA in Communication at Corvinus University Budapest, Hungary, having taught for nine years at ELTE University, Budapest. She also works with school-leavers, preparing them to apply to universities abroad.

    Rachel has co-written a number of language teaching course books for Oxford University Press and Macmillan publishing, including 'Business one:one' (a 3-level series), International Express, and 'The Business - Advanced'.

    Katie Administrator

    Katie is part of the administrative team at Oxford EMI. When you enrol on one of our EMI programmes, our administrators will receive your enrolment.

    They make sure that you have all the information you need, whether it's a course in your university in your country or if you are coming to Oxford. They will help you through each step of enrolment and make sure that everything runs smoothly.

    They are also the first port of call for enquiries. If you are thinking about organising a course in your university, or you would like some EMI advice or support please do not hesitate to contact us.

    Emma Administrator

    Emma is part of our administrative team. When you enrol on one of our EMI programmes, our administrators will receive your enrolment. Emma is responsible for making initial contact with you and sending you the relevant information before your course starts.

    Emma studied Science at the University of Leeds and now works part-time for a science communication organisation alongside her work at Oxford EMI. 

    If you are thinking about organising a course in your university, or you would like some EMI advice or support please do not hesitate to contact us.