The team

Read about members of the team below...  

We also host Queen Mary's Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellows. Read about their work here.

Stacie Withers

020 7882 8991

Stacie is a Learning Advisor and runs workshops and one-to-one tutorials for both home and international students.  She holds a degree in English Language & Literature from Durham University, a Master’s degree, also from Durham, for research on William Blake, and a taught Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics from Birkbeck, London University, with a thesis on the language of schizophrenia. She speaks French and Italian.

Previous experience abroad includes teaching, developing materials and co-ordinating courses at King Saud University, Riyadh, and at Naples University, Italy, as well as extensive travel throughout India.  On returning to London, she taught Renaissance and Modern Drama to Study Abroad students from Niagara University, U.S.A. and organised related programmes of cultural events. Concurrently, she ran her own business, a tutorial agency, for six years and taught Business Communication Skills. She is also a fully qualified state teacher.

Stacie also holds diplomas in Psychology (OU), Counselling Skills (WPA), English Language Teaching (DELTA), Theology (Middlesex University) and has experience acting for the stage. She has professionally mentored self-esteem enhancement, goal-setting and personal development courses and is licensed as a Church of England lay minister. Her great loves are travel, foreign languages and the theatre.  She is a member of the Marlowe Society with research interests in Neo-Platonic influence on Elizabethan thought. 

Dr. Fuad Shareef

020 7882 2763

Fuad obtained his BSc in Pure Mathematics from the college of science – University of Salahaddin in Hawler, Iraq. He worked as a research assistant in the Department of Mathematics for a few years and then moved to England, where he studied Discrete Mathematics obtaining an MSc from King’s College London and PhD from Queen Mary, University of London. He joined Queen Mary in 2003 as the coordinator of the learning support provision in mathematics. In this role he manages the centrally provided drop-in study provision in maths, stats and science. In collaboration with academic departments he is helping students make the transition between school/college and undergraduate level study. He also has a longstanding connection with the Science and Engineering Foundation Programme (SEFP).  He is the module leader for the core mathematics modules on the SEFP and coordinates maths support for the students on the programme. His Mathematics research interest is in Combinatorics and in particular Coding Theory. 

Kelly Peake

020 7882 8242

With a degree in Linguistics and English literature from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and an MSc. in Applied Linguistics from University of Edinburgh, Kelly has worked in higher education in Japan, South Africa and the UK in the areas of English language curriculum development, academic support and educational research. Kelly joined Thinking Writing in 2005 and has worked on research investigating argumentative skills in undergraduates, and developing academic literacies in context. She has extended HE learning development work to various East London secondary schools. Her current interests are in the notion of retreat in higher education, postgraduate development, and the continuum between staff and student development.

Sally Mitchell

020 7882 2833

Sally is Head of Learning Development. In the early 2000s she established Thinking Writing, a strand of development activity to support academic staff in exploring the uses of writing in their disciplines and in finding ways to enrich the experience of writing – and assessing – writing. Sally is increasingly interested in what we can learn from students and is currently leading our new project to get students involved in the production of learning resources for other students.


Julian Ingle

020 7882 8989

After working as a translator in Barcelona, Julian studied philosophy at the Universities of Middlesex and Essex. Before joining Thinking Writing at Queen Mary in 2009, he worked at several London universities where he wrote and taught courses in philosophy snd the history of ideas for adults in continuing education, academic writing and English for academic purposes and Spanish, and EFL teacher training. His work in learning development included facilitating action learning sets and developing critical and reflective thinking. Much of Julian’s recent work has been with staff and students in medicine and engineering.

Dr Joel Morley

020 7882 8991

Joel completed his BA in History and MA in Historical Research at Lancaster University. He has been teaching History at QMUL since 2011, and completed a PhD in History, conducting research on attitudes to military enlistment in Second World War Britain, at QMUL in 2013. Since then, Joel has worked as an oral history researcher at the University of Essex, and now has teaching roles in the School of History at the University of Birmingham and at QMUL. He joined the Learning Development team in October 2014.

Tim Morgan

020 7882 6070

Tim studied Fine Art at Coventry University before spending 12 months in Jinan, China studying Chinese painting. On his return to the UK he completed a Masters in Interactive Design. He then spent ten years working  as an interactive designer in the UK and Germany. After that he worked as an e-Learning Developer in Further Education worked very closely with staff to create bespoke electronic learning resources. He later created various form driven e-learning templates that allowed staff to quickly create their own resources. Two years ago Tim managed the JISC funded e-Ambassador project which involved students creating learning resources to support their own learning and that of their peers. Formats included podcasts, videos, Prezi presentations and eBooks. Resources were accessible to the whole class via the VLE.
Last year Tim joined the E-Learning Unit at Queen Mary as an E-Learning advisor and was involved in supporting staff with the transition from Blackboard to QMplus. Now part of Learning Development, Tim is working with both staff and students as a Project Learning Advisor. The notion of ‘Students as producers’ is very much something Tim recognises as beneficial to the participates, fellow students and the wider educational community as a whole.

Dr. Ana Baptista

020 7882 2763

Ana holds a Master’s degree in Educational Sciences from the University of Aveiro (Portugal) on the topic: Non-Traditional Adult Students in Higher Education. At the same institution, she concluded her PhD in May 2013 with distinction and honours on the quality of doctoral research supervision. She has teaching experience in Primary, Secondary and Higher Education. She has also designed and carried out CPD training courses for Higher Education teaching staff. She has been involved in projects related to interconnected areas: linking teaching and research, undergraduate research, widening participation, non-traditional students, academic success, retention issues and employability. Her interests are clearly related to Higher Education pedagogy in the broadest sense. Ana joined the Learning Development team in September 2014 as a Learning Advisor on retention, engagement and success.

Jim Donohue

020 7882 2834

Jim has taught and researched English language for academic and workplace purposes for 20 years, in the UK, Netherlands, Pakistan and Bangladesh. He came to Queen Mary in November 2014 from The Open University where he was Head of OpenELT, the OU’s English Language Teaching Unit. He is particularly interested in the relationship between language and learning and how our use of language develops as we encounter new situations in life.

He has co-authored two books on this: Exploring English Grammar: From Formal to Functional (2009), with Caroline Coffin and Sarah North, and A Language as Social Semiotic-Based Approach to Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (2014), with Caroline Coffin.