Centre for International English - Staff

Here at the Centre for International English we have a core team of eight permanent members of staff as well as several HPLs (hourly-paid lecturers) who teach during our busiest period from July to December.

Helen Connies-Laing

Helen Connies-Laing Head of Centre

I have been working at USW since 2009 and previously worked at Cardiff University and London South Bank University. Between 1995 and 2005, I held teaching and management roles at various schools and universities in the UK, France, Italy and sunny Western Australia. Here at USW, as well as managing the Centre for International English, I work on international partnership projects, oversee teacher training programmes and contribute to the university’s PGCert in Learning and Teaching. I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Chair of Learn English in Wales, through which I host annual conferences for teachers and trainee teachers in Wales and further afield. I am also pursuing a part-time PhD, researching second language acquisition. I am very interested in languages, with a good command of Italian, French and Spanish, and a smattering of Greek and Mandarin.

I really love my job and feel lucky to work with experienced colleagues and interesting students in a dynamic and multicultural institution.


Emily Powell

Emily Powell Senior Lecturer

I have been teaching English to International Students for past 12 years and have developed, taught, and co-ordinated a range of programmes in the Centre for International English at USW. I currently lead the International Foundation Programme and work on teacher training courses with participants from China, Mexico, and the UK. In addition to my work in CIE, I am also an assessor for the BALEAP Accreditation Scheme, and am currently working towards a PhD in Forensic Linguistics.


Joe Francis

Joe Francis Senior Lecturer

I joined the Centre for International English in late 2015 and have previously taught in Bristol, Bath, London and overseas in Japan. At USW I coordinate the in-sessional English program and put together bespoke programs for overseas teachers. My interests include materials development and integrating skills whilst outside of university I am a keen runner, cyclist and extremely bad drummer!


Peter Squires

Peter Squires Tutor

I am a graduate of the University of South Wales (formerly Glamorgan) and have been teaching at the CIE since 2011, where I am currently a tutor in English for Academic Purposes. I am module leader for Advanced Academic Writing, Introduction to Business Studies and Introduction to Social Issues. I am also coordinator for USW entrance testing. In recent years I have also acted as coordinator for the International Foundation Programme, and bespoke pre-sessional programmes. I have been teaching English since 2003 and have taught in the UK, Italy and Libya. My interests include History, genealogy and the history of English.


Louise Karabulut

Louise Karabulut Tutor

I have been teaching English to international students since 2000. I have taught in London, Istanbul and Wales. I started at USW in 2004 designing, co-ordinating and delivering courses at foundation and undergraduate level. After several years overseas, I have happily returned to USW and currently co-ordinate the pre-sessional course. As well as EFL, I have an interest in international relations.


Rachel Stamp

Rachel Stamp Tutor

I have been teaching English since 1997, and my work has taken me to some exciting places – South Korea, Jordan and Japan – as well as the UK. In Tokyo I worked as an IELTS examiner. I first joined the USW team in 2003, and more recently I have been able to continue my interests in materials development and testing. I have co-ordinated the Pre-sessional Programme and USW’s entry testing procedure.


Dr. Mark Spittle

Dr. Mark Spittle Tutor

I have been employed as a part-time teacher of academic, technical and legal English at the Centre for International English since 2010. I am currently responsible for delivering the Law module of the International Foundation Programme and for developing a suite of bespoke e-learning materials for use at the Centre. My family and I enjoy surfing and spend most of our weekends chasing waves up and down the beautiful Welsh coastline in our motorhome.


Guy Hicks

Guy Hicks Administrator

I have been working at the University of South Wales since 2006, where I started in Campus Administration. I now manage all the administration within the Centre for International English, where I support the students from pre-registration up until they receive their results and move on to further studies. I also support the academic staff in the centre, including general admin and IT support, financial records and attendance registers. I am currently completing my Masters in Sports Therapy.