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Lia Blaj-Ward

Senior Lecturer

School of Arts & Humanities

Staff Group(s)


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. She contributes to the implementation of NTU’s learning, teaching and professional development framework through the in-house professional recognition scheme and through participating in TILT activity.

Research areas

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

  • the development and evaluation of academic literacy provision (EAP and EMI) in further and higher education contexts and
  • the role that university curricula and experiences play in developing students’ career aspirations.

External activity

Lia is an assessor for the BALEAP Accreditation Scheme. She also coordinates 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 (


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.

Blaj-Ward, L., 2017. Language learning and use in English-medium higher education. Cham: Springer International Publishing.

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