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Lia Blaj-Ward

Lecturer/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 currently Treasurer (2014-2020) for BALEAP: The global forum for English for Academic Purposes professionals , supporting the financial management of projects for the benefit of the organisation’s membership and of the wider English for Academic Purposes professional community. She is also an assessor for the BALEAP Accreditation Scheme.


Blaj-Ward, L and Winter, K. (forthcoming) Engaging students as digital citizens (journal article).

Blaj-Ward, L., 2017. From language learner to language user in English-medium higher education: Language development brokers outside the language classroom. Journal of Research in International Education, 16 (1), pp. 55-64.

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

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