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Lia Blaj-Ward

Associate Professor

School of Arts & Humanities

Staff Group(s)
Arts and Humanities


Dr Lia Blaj-Ward (SFHEA) oversees the planning, design, delivery, and evaluation of English for Academic Purposes provision in the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment and the School of Art and Design.

Lia contributes to the implementation of NTU’s learning, teaching and professional development framework through the in-house professional recognition scheme (mentoring colleagues and assessing applications) and through participating in TILT activity (e.g., reviewing funding applications and co-chairing the Design Thinking in Higher Education group).

Lia currently co-supervises one EdD student.

In 2021 Lia received a Vice-Chancellor's Teaching Award.

Research areas

Lia conducts and publishes research to inform pedagogic practice and strategy development alongside two interconnected strands:

  • the development and evaluation of academic literacies provision (EAP and EMI) in higher education contexts and
  • the role that university curricula and experiences play in developing students’ career aspirations (e.g., through projects involving students as pedagogic consultants or through exploring various aspects of climate change education at university).

External activity

Lia is an assessor for the BALEAP Accreditation Scheme. She set up and coordinated BALEAP's funding scheme for 2020 (Narratives of Innovation and Resilience) and the 2019 Collaborative Practice initiative. Previously, Lia held various roles on the BALEAP Executive Committee (most recently Treasurer, April 2017 - April 2020).

Lia peer reviews book proposals and journal article manuscripts and is Associate Editor for Higher Education Research and Development (

Lia was external examiner for Coventry University's MA in Academic Writing Development and Research (2017-2021).

Since  2019 Lia has designed and facilitated bespoke week-long work experience programmes for pre-18 students from a local girls' school (see account by 2020 participant here).

Sponsors and collaborators

Lia has led and completed projects funded internally by NTU TILT and externally by BALEAP.


Molthan-Hill, P., Blaj-Ward, L., Mbah, M.F. and Ledley, T.S., 2021. Climate change education at universities: relevance and strategies for every discipline. In: M. Lackner, B. Sajjadi and W.-Y. Chen, eds., Handbook of climate change mitigation and adaptation. New York: Springer, pp. 1-64. ISBN 9781461464310.

Blaj-Ward, L. 2020. Making external examining fit for the future.

Blaj-Ward, L. and Matic, J. 2020. Navigating assessed coursework to build and validate professional identities: the experiences of fifteen international students in the UK. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education.

Blaj-Ward, L. 2020. Digital competence is not enough - we need to instil the values of digital citizenship.

Blaj-Ward, L., and Winter, K. 2019. Engaging students as digital citizens. Higher Education Research and Development, 38 (5), pp. 879-892.

See all of Lia Blaj-Ward's publications...