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Challenging the power invested in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS): Why determining ‘English’ preparedness needs to be undertaken within the subject context

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Pilcher, N., & Richards, K. (2017)
Challenging the power invested in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS): Why determining ‘English’ preparedness needs to be undertaken within the subject context. Power and Education, 9(1), 3-17. https://doi.org/10.1177/1757743817691995
Higher Education (HE) institutions worldwide base international student recruitment on the assumption their preparedness in ‘English’ is assured if they reach a certain level ...

Problematising the ‘Career Academic’ in UK construction and engineering education: does the system want what the system gets?

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Pilcher, N., Forster, A., Tennant, S., Murray, M., & Craig, N. (2017)
Problematising the ‘Career Academic’ in UK construction and engineering education: does the system want what the system gets?. European Journal of Engineering Education, 42(6), 1477-1495. https://doi.org/10.1080/03043797.2017.1306487
‘Career Academics’ are principally research-led, entering academia with limited or no industrial or practical experience. UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) welcome them ...

International Students' First Encounters with Exams in the UK: Superficially Similar But Deeply Different

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Pilcher, N., Smith, K., & Riley, J. (2013)
International Students' First Encounters with Exams in the UK: Superficially Similar But Deeply Different. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 2013(1), 1-13
Although end of course exams remain a key mode of assessment in higher education, little research has focused on international students' experiences of exams. There seems to b...

How a view of language underpins approaches to supporting higher education students that facilitate neo-liberalism, and how to resist this

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Richards, K., & Pilcher, N. (2018)
How a view of language underpins approaches to supporting higher education students that facilitate neo-liberalism, and how to resist this. Power and Education, 175774381881180. doi:10.1177/1757743818811801
In this article we argue a particular view of language underpins approaches to supporting students in Higher Education, and that this view facilitates neoliberalism. Universit...

Talk the Talk and Walk the Walk: Are Career Academics Gatekeepers to Students’ Tacit Knowledge?

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Murray, M. D., Tennant, S., Forster, A., Craig, N., Copping, A., & Pilcher, N. (2017)
Talk the Talk and Walk the Walk: Are Career Academics Gatekeepers to Students’ Tacit Knowledge?. Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice, 5(2), 112-114. https://doi.org/10.14297/jpaap.v5i2.268
An opinion piece that argues for a more balanced portfolio of academic staff within faculty, whereby pracademics are ‘pivotal’ academic staff who can ‘talk the talk and walk t...

Should we teach from materials developed with corpus linguistics?

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Richards, K., & Pilcher, N. (2017)
Should we teach from materials developed with corpus linguistics?. English for Specific Purposes Special Interest Group Journal,
In our presentation for the IATEFL ESP-SIG in Athens our intention was to create ‘wobble’ and genuine dialogue around the issue of the importance of ‘context’ in relation to ...

Academic literacies: the word is not enough

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Richards, K., & Pilcher, N. (2017)
Academic literacies: the word is not enough. Teaching in Higher Education, 1-16. https://doi.org/10.1080/13562517.2017.1360270
For Academic Literacies, the world is textually mediated; written texts and what informs them reveal elements such as subject-discipline practices. Furthermore, multi-modaliti...

Constructing English-medium instruction indicators in the shipping courses of Taiwan’s higher education

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Tseng, P., Richards, K., & Pilcher, N. (2018)
Constructing English-medium instruction indicators in the shipping courses of Taiwan’s higher education. Maritime Business Review, https://doi.org/10.1108/mabr-07-2017-0020
English is a common language in the global shipping industry and many universities in non-English speaking countries in the world are now moving towards the use of English as ...

The fall and rise of experiential construction and engineering education: decoupling and recoupling practice and theory

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Forster, A. M., Pilcher, N., Tennant, S., Murray, M., Craig, N., & Copping, A. (2017)
The fall and rise of experiential construction and engineering education: decoupling and recoupling practice and theory. Higher Education Pedagogies, 2(1), 79-100. https://doi.org/10.1080/23752696.2017.1338530
From the mid-20th C., construction and engineering pedagogy and curricula have moved from long-held traditional experiential apprenticeship approaches to one ostensibly decoup...

The UK postgraduate Masters dissertation: an ‘elusive chameleon’?

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Pilcher, N. (2011)
The UK postgraduate Masters dissertation: an ‘elusive chameleon’?. Teaching in Higher Education. 16(1), 29-40. doi:10.1080/13562517.2011.530752. ISSN 1356-2517
Many studies into the process of producing and supervising dissertations exist, yet little research into the ‘product’ of the Masters dissertation, or into how Masters supervi...