Blair Matthews
  • KY16 9AJ St Andrews

    United Kingdom

  • English Language Teaching
    Kennedy Gardens
    St Andrews
    KY16 9DJ

    United Kingdom

Personal profile


I have been a TESOL teacher for over twenty years in South Korea, Bulgaria, Spain, Hungary, Scotland and England. Since 2008, I have taught English for Academic Purposes at various universities, including the universities of Liverpool, Bristol and St Andrews.

I have a PhD in Educational Research from the University of Stirling and an MA in Educational Technology and TESOL from the University of Manchester. I have recently completed an MLitt in History and I am currently doing an MSc in Applied Data Analytics. I also have a Cambridge DELTA and a Trinity Cert. TESOL.

I am interested in international education, student and teacher agency in language education, TESOL and social theory. I am currently working on a number of projects, including exploring teacher agency and technology, and the experiences of academics of working-class heritage at elite universities.

I am a committee member of the IATEFL English for Specific Purposes Special Interest Group (ESPSIG). I am a committee member of the TEFL Workers Union. I am convenor of the International Education Institute ethics committee and I am a member of the University of St Andrews teaching and research ethics committee (UTREC).

Teaching activity

I am module convenor of the English for Academic Purposes module on the MSc TESOL. I convene the China Scholarship doctoral induction module. I supervise Masters dissertations for the MSc TESOL and MSc International Education. I am a doctoral supervisor on the DProf TESOL programme.

Research interests

I am interested in:

  • International education
  • Student and teacher agency
  • English for Specific Purposes (ESP)
  • Social theory and social ontology
  • Technology and language education

External positions

Dissertation Supervisor, Edinburgh University


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