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MA in Applied Linguistics, Birkbeck College, University of London
PGCE in ESOL, Institute of Education, University of London
BA (Hons) in English Literature, University of Oxford


After qualifying as a teacher, Rachel taught (and supported local teachers) in Indonesia with VSO. She returned to the UK and taught ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) in further and community education in London for 9 years. In 2002 she moved to Newport to become a senior lecturer in post-compulsory education.

Since at Newport, she has developed subject specialist courses for new and in-service teachers of Adult Literacy/communication and ESOL. She has built up a team of specialists at Newport, and also supports the teaching of these courses at a number of partner colleges across Wales.


STUBLEY, R. with WOODS, N. (2010a) Talking about writing in higher education. Paper given at the HEA Annual Conference, University of Hatfield 23 June 2010.
STUBLEY, R. & WOODS, N. (2010b) Talking about writing in higher education. Paper given at the SRHE (Society for Research into Higher Education) Annual Conference, Celtic Manor Hotel 14 December 2010.


RaPAL (Research and Practice in Adult Literacy)
UCU (University and Colleges Union)


Public Engagement Activities and Esteem Indicators

Project leader: Basic Skills Cymru National Support Project (teacher training and CPD) 2006 – 2008
Project leader: WG/ESF Adult Basic Skills teacher and supporter training project (Mid Wales) 2011 – ongoing
External examiner: University of Wolverhampton (PGCE Adult Literacy and PGCE ESOL) 2006 – 2010
External examiner: Institute of Education, University of London (PGCE Adult Literacy or ESOL) 2011 – ongoing


Expertise or Interest

Literacy as social practice (i.e. situated in a social/cultural context, not simply a transferable skill); inclusion and diversity in teaching and teacher education; “non-traditional” university students’ experiences of academic writing; principles and practices of supporting academic writing.

Grants Awarded

CELT learning and teaching research grant 2009-10
PhD Research Scholarship Award, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Lancaster University 2013 – 17

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