Published: 11 April 2016

English Language Centre accredited for top quality teaching


The University’s English Language Centre (ELC) has gained accreditation from the British Association of Lecturers in English for Academic Purposes (BALEAP), endorsing the centre’s quality of English language teaching and learning opportunities.

BALEAP is the global forum for professionals working in the field of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and aims to enhance the quality of learning and teaching of EAP in further and higher education.  Only 21 institutions in the UK have received the BALEAP endorsement. This is the second external quality assurance mark gained by the ELC in recent years, building upon the British Council accreditation granted in 2014.

Strong engagement

Two ELC courses were submitted for accreditation: the pre-sessional English course, which caters for student offer holders who wish to improve their English before joining their academic departments; and the in-sessional English course, that offers English language support to all registered students at the University for whom English is not their first language.

BALEAP noted the Centre’s ‘clear structure for course co-ordination’ and’ strong engagement with Faculties and Departments when receiving students’.

A top quality provider

English Language Centre Director, Clive Newton, said: “I am delighted that the ELC has secured BALEAP accreditation.  This, in addition to our British Council accreditation, represents a milestone for the ELC.

“It verifies our reputation as a top quality provider of English language tuition and support, raising our profile both nationally and internationally.  I’d like to express my thanks to all ELC staff for the parts they played in helping us gain this important recognition.”

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