Peter Sturman

Writing Lab Y1 Team Leader, ITIT Module Convenor, EAP Tutor

Centre for English Language Education
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University of Nottingham Ningbo China


199 Taikang East Road, Ningbo, 315100, China


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HND (Computing)

BA (Geography)

PGCE (Teaching English Overseas)

M.Ed. (Educational Technology and Management)


I am Module Convenor for the Introduction to Information Technology course (ITIT), team leader for Writing Lab@UNNC Y1 and an EAP Tutor. As team leader for Writing Lab Y1, I am responsible for support material, workshops and advising for all first year students. The team won the Lord Dearing Award and the Vice Chancellor's medal in 2019. I was Campus Senior Tutor from 2017 to 2019 and was responsible for university-wide pastoral care provision. I was academic lead for the Student Online Induction program (2017-18). From 2015-2016, I was Preliminary Year Student Support Officer with responsibility for the Personal Tutorial system, the Learning Community Forum, and represented CELE on the Senior Tutor Network. I won two awards to support the use of coaching techniques among struggling students.

I have researched the relationship between attendance, grades and pass rates and presented on this topic at the 2016 Teaching and Learning conference at UNNC and the 2017 InForm conference in Malaysia. I have also researched student adaptation to UNNC and presented on this topic at the 2019 InForm conference in Reading, UK. I have also published on the topic of Students as Change Agents and have a publication pending on the topic of Recognition and Response to Students at Risk of Failure.

In the Centre for English Language Education, I have taught on a range of Preliminary Year, Pre-Master’s and Pre-Sessional courses and was responsible for the development of a module on academic integrity. I was responsible for the development of the Nottingham Reading Scheme, creating a Nottingham Advantage Award for extensive reading, and was able to send four students to international conferences in the UK and Japan.

I have taught English in Sudan, Portugal, China, Japan and the UK. I was the co-ordinator of a team-teaching project in Tokyo for 4 years, and the Director of two British Council Summer Schools. I have also worked as a primary school teacher. Before joining UNNC, I worked for Glasgow University where one of my duties was responsibility for language support for students on the Dumfries Campus.

At undergraduate level, I have taught courses in Linguistics, English Dialects, Sociolinguistics, Cross-Cultural Communication, Phonetics and Phonology, Assessment and Testing along with Language Skills. At the university of Glasgow, I specialized in English for Medical and Biological Sciences, though I have also taught English for Engineers, and English for Business Students. At post-graduate level, I have been partly responsible for the development and teaching of short-term advanced academic writing skills courses.


Sturman, P., Zheng, Y., Peng, L., and Lamb, D. (2018) ‘Students as Partners: The development of an Extensive Reading Program at the Ningbo Campus of the University of Nottingham’ The Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change4(1) Available at: DOI:

Sturman, P. (2017) ‘Disengagement and Early Intervention’ InForm 17, pp.4-5.

Sturman, P. (1996) Registration and Placement: Learner Response In: Bailey, K., M. and Nunan. D (eds). Voices From The Language Classroom. C.U.P., Cambridge.

Sturman, P. (1992) The Koto-Ku Project: A Case Study From Japan In: Nunan, D. (ed) Collaborative Language Learning and Teaching. C.U.P., Cambridge.

Sturman, P. (1989) ‘Team Teaching in Japan: The Koto-Ku Project’. JALT Journal 11(1), 68-78.

Sturman, P. (1987) ‘Active Listening’. The Study of Current English 時事英語研究 (6), 56-58.

Sturman, P. and Brumby, S. (1986) ‘The British Council / Koto-ku Project’. The Language Teacher 10 (14), 9-16 

Conference presentations

UNNC Teaching and Learning Conference 2017 “Attendance and Student Success”

Inform Conference, University of Reading Malaysia “Early Intervention and Attendance Rates”