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Chrissie Da Costa
Academic Skills Advisor
I am an experienced teacher, teacher trainer and researcher, who is committed to dismantling the barriers to education that some students encounter. My approach to teaching and learning is based on the principle that academic ability is universal. I believe that all students can thrive with effort, encouragement and support because all students have the potential to succeed.
With a PhD in Applied Linguistics, which explored the language of higher education policies and practices in the UK, I have gained insights into how institutional culture and practices and the attitudes and dispositions of staff can affect the learning environment. In my role as Academic Skills Advisor I am determined to interweave research and action for transforming HE. I will also draw on my varied experience, having worked with people from diverse social, cultural and professional backgrounds - including visually challenged students, mature students, refugees, international PhD researchers, engineers, lawyers, and teachers - at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, both in India and in the UK.