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Dr Karen Ottewell

Position:

  • Director of Academic Development and Training for International Students (ADTIS)

Contact Information

Telephone: +44 (0)1223(3)35004
Email: ko201@cam.ac.uk

Research Interests

  • Assessment Design
  • Contrastive Rhetoric
  • Cultural Influence on Writing
  • Academic Literacy

Awards

  • Pilkington Teaching Prize (2016)
Dr Karen Ottewell

Profile

Karen is the Director of the Academic Development and Training for International Students section of the Language Centre which provides training and support to assist international students at the University in further developing and honing the skills required to succeed in an English-speaking academic context.

In addition to having overall responsibility for ADTIS, Karen has been an External Examiner at the universities of Leeds and Aston, and is currently an External for the University of St. Andrews and a critical friend for the University of Winchester; a reviewer for Cambridge University Press; has recently been appointed reviewer and mentor of the fledging journal International Student Experience (ISEJ); is a mentor for Wolfson College; and has been a supervisor, and occasional examiner and lecturer, in German Language and Literature for several Colleges. She is also a Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College.

Before taking up the post of Director of ADTIS at the Language Centre in 2008, Karen had spent eight years teaching English Language and Culture in Germany. This was chiefly at the University of Bonn, where she had herself been an ERASMUS student in the early 1990s, and later at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. In Bonn she was instrumental in introducing a course on Translation Methodology, designing the first working version of the language course provision for the new BA and MA degree courses as part of the Bologna Process, and on a lighter note, established the Film Society with a group of keen student film buffs. In Erlangen, she took on the post of Head of the English Language Department where she designed and implemented a language and skills based entrance test obligatory for all students applying to study English at the University, which was subsequently approved by the Bavarian Ministry of Education.

During her time in Germany, Karen also worked in her spare time, among others, for Deutsche Welle, where she worked as a translator for the Campus Germany website; for the German Foreign Office, where she ran seminars to prepare German nationals for the United Nations’ entrance examinations in English and also taught the consular stream in the Foreign Office’s Education and Training Centre; and for the Managerial Training Academy of the Sparkasse, where she prepared the managers for the banking English qualification accredited by the German Chamber of Commerce.

Karen graduated from the University of St. Andrews in 1994 with an MA (Hons) in German Language and Literature. She then went on to Emmanuel College, Cambridge, to complete an M.Phil. in European Literature, followed by a PhD on 18th-century German literature. She has recently started a part-time Ed.D. at the Faculty of Education here at Cambridge, with the aim of creating an academic literacy development framework to support international postgraduate students.

Her professional interests include assessment design, transferable skills training, contrastive rhetoric and defining the ‘cultural’ influence on writing, the international student experience, and transition to UK HE. In her spare time Karen is a keen cultural traveller who is hoping to visually capture these experiences more professionally with her recent interest in DSLR photography. Above all, however, she enjoys the simple pleasures in life of good food and good wine in good company – whilst striving to make her gym membership worth the annual fee. And she is currently trying the patience of the Centre’s CULP Chinese teacher by attempting to participate in Basic Chinese II – 我学中文 .


Helen Milton

Position:

  • Administrator, Academic Development and Training for International Students

Contact Information

Telephone: +44 (0)1223(3)30914
Email: adtis@langcen.cam.ac.uk

Helen Milton

Profile

Helen joined the Language Centre in 2011 and is responsible for all administrative support for the ADTIS section. This includes the organisation and enrolment of students on the Pre-Sessional and In-Sessional programmes. She is also responsible for administering numerous language assessments including those required as part of the graduate application process for admission to the University.

Previously, Helen has also worked at the MBA Admissions Office, Judge Business School and the Department of Haematology, Cambridge Institute for Medical Research. She has gained over 10 years administrative experience at the University of Cambridge.

During her spare time Helen enjoys attending live music events and relaxing with a long stroll in the countryside.


Dr Kate Daniels

Position:

  • Senior Teaching Officer, Academic Development and Training for International Students

Contact Information

Telephone: +44 (0)1223(7)46504
Email: kvmd2@cam.ac.uk

Dr Kate Daniels

Profile

Kate’s ADTIS experience goes back to 1997, when she began teaching academic writing and research skills to international students at SOAS, University of London, where she was studying for her PhD in Modern Arabic Literature. She then joined the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Cambridge, where she held the Mellon Fellowship in the Modern Middle East and for eight years lectured in Arabic language and literature. She has held a Visiting Fellowship at Wolfson College and is a Senior Member of Newnham College, where she acts as Director of Studies in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and is a Special Supervisor in Arabic.

In her current role, she teaches on the pre-sessional and in-sessional ADTIS courses and offers workshops and supervisions to international students across all disciplines. She assesses applicants to Cambridge’s International Summer Schools and leads and co-ordinates its CEAP summer programme. In addition, she is the creator and provider of a suite of Personal and Study Skills (PASS) workshops, and is currently developing online learning materials to assist international students’ transition to UK higher education.

After graduating with a BA in Arabic and Islamic Studies from Exeter University, Kate’s first job was as a newspaper editor for an English-language weekly in Jordan, after which she held various academic editorial and research assistant posts. She has worked as a researcher, translator and consultant for an award-winning Channel 4 short film on the Palestinian film archive, and as a language consultant for Oxford University Press. She has published extensively on academic and non-academic subjects.

A qualified psychotherapist, Kate has worked as a counsellor with a family centre in Norfolk and at the University of Cambridge Counselling Service, where she offered support to students experiencing study, welfare and personal difficulties. A keen (if amateur) medievalist, she ranks herself as among the Eastern region’s top ten experts on the Hanseatic port-town of King’s Lynn, and writes sporadic blog entries on perfume and its cultural history.


Rupert Brown

Position:

  • Senior Teaching Officer, Academic Development and Training for International Students

Contact Information

Telephone: +44 (0)1223(7)67121
Email: rab88@cam.ac.uk

Rupert Brown

Profile

Rupert is a Senior Language Teaching Officer in the Academic Development and Training for International Students section of the Language Centre. In addition to his teaching duties he is responsible for developing the In-Sessional Support Programme and for creating supporting online material for the international postgraduate community in the University. His main aim is to assist international students in developing their language and academic skills so that they can maximise their potential in their studies.

Before joining the Language Centre he worked for many years teaching and training professionals and academics in language and communication skills. He worked with diplomats, politicians and managers and acted as a language consultant for a variety of companies. Rupert also spent many years training teachers and was a regional language teaching consultant when he lived and worked in Italy. He is a qualified mentor and his skills in this area inform much of his approach to teaching and training.

At present his main work interests include scientific writing, editing skills and techniques in exploiting published materials for language improvement.

In addition to his responsibilities Rupert also works with native speaker undergraduate students and specialises in the formation and development of their academic and study skills. He has close ties in this regard with three Cambridge colleges.

Rupert has a wide range of interests including cricket, Sherlock Holmes, bio anthropology, the history of film and comedy, and he is a fully qualified field archaeologist. At present he is writing a book on the history of Cambridge postcards.


Dr Simon Atkinson

Position:

  • Teaching Officer, Academic Development and Training for International Students

Contact Information

Telephone: +44 (0)1223(3)35348
Email: spa29@cam.ac.uk

Dr Simon Atkinson

Profile

On the Pre-Sessional course Simon teaches postgraduate students who are just about to start studying at the University, helping them prepare for challenge of studying in a foreign culture. On the In-Sessional course, he supervises undergraduates, postgraduates and post-docs from all Cambridge departments and colleges, although he specialises in teaching scientists. He has also been the main teacher on short academic English courses for visiting Chinese university students run by the China UK Development Council. Outside the Language Centre, he supervises undergraduates at Gonville and Caius College in academic skills.

Before taking up his Language Centre post in 2009, Simon taught English for Academic Purposes in other UK institutions, primarily SOAS, University of London. He also taught for a year in Wuxi, China, preparing students for a Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of New England, Australia.

Simon graduated in 1993 from the University of Leicester with a BSc degree that was three quarters physics (including astrophysics) and one quarter physical geography. After that, he moved to the University of Salford, where he gained an MSc in environmental management, and a PhD on environmental management in the electricity industry. He then worked as a journalist for over 4 years on The ENDS Report, the leading UK journal of environmental management and business, before starting teaching Academic English.

Outside of work, Simon is a keen student of yoga, which takes him around the UK and beyond, often on his fold up bicycle. He maintains a keen interest in Indian philosophy, especially medieval hatha yoga, and he is confident that he is setting new records for being the slowest learner of Sanskrit on the planet.


Dr Clare Lynch

Position:

  • Teaching Officer, Academic Development and Training for International Students

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Dr Clare Lynch

Profile

Clare Lynch teaches on the Pre-Sessional course, helping postgraduate students prepare for academic study at the University. She has a BA (Hons) in English Literature and Language from the University of Manchester, an MA in English Literature and Language Before 1525 from King’s College, London, and a PhD in Old English Poetry from University of Cambridge. Having developed an interest in Law, she was also recently awarded an LLM (distinction) from Birkbeck College, London.

When Clare is not teaching at the Language Centre, she is the founder and CEO of Doris and Bertie, a team of writers that works with anyone who needs to write as part of their job. Over the years, she has helped senior executives at a wide range of businesses and governmental organisations communicate their ideas engagingly and persuasively. She has also designed and delivered workshops on effective business communications at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge.

Clare is the author of the popular blog, Good Copy, Bad Copy, which provides advice and humorous commentary on all aspects of business writing. In her spare time, she plays the flute and is learning Italian.