Zoe is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a member of the British Association of Lecturers in English for Academic Purposes, a member of the European Association for Teaching Academic Writing and a contributor to the Learning Development in Higher Education Network. Zoe delivers individual tutorials and workshops which offer students a variety of ways to improve their confidence and develop their learning. Zoe is able to cover a wide range of topics in her workshops and tutorials, with the aim of meeting students where they are and building on their existing abilities regardless of their backgrounds or previous educational experiences. As well as helping students to develop their writing, Zoe also enjoys developing students’ confidence in speaking in academic situations, managing their time effectively and preparing for exams. As an experienced English Language teacher, Zoe works with students whose first language is not English to develop their confidence in their use of English language. Zoe is particularly interested in finding innovative and creative ways to help students develop their learning and has attended LEGO® Serious Play® training in order to develop this aspect of her practice further. As well as delivering workshops to students, Zoe also delivers workshops to other staff members with teaching responsibilities through the Centre for Staff and Educational Development at UEA as part of the Developing Teaching Skills programme and as standalone events. These workshops cover topics such as Teaching International Students and Teaching Writing.
Through her work in the Student Support Service at UEA, Zoe has developed a special interest in the interaction between wellbeing and learning. She has worked as a Specialist Mentor for students with chronic conditions and autism spectrum disorders. She has also attended Mental Health First Aid training, Nurtured Heart training and workshops on supporting students with depression and anxiety. Zoe co-delivered a workshop entitled “Nurturing Students Self-efficacy and Wellbeing” at the 9th biennial European Association of Teaching Academic Writing in 2017. She is interested in sharing ideas about how teaching staff can develop learning activities which take account of student wellbeing.
Zoe graduated with a BA Hons in Philosophy and has a Masters in Applied Linguistics and TESOL (distinction). She holds various other qualifications for the teaching of English as second language, including a Certificate of Further Education Teaching. She has taught English in Brighton, London and Japan. Zoe has also worked in the television industry with a variety of credits including the first series of Big Brother. She volunteers at her local Youth Café.