Mrs Helen Bowstead

Mrs Helen Bowstead

Lecturer in English as a Foreign Language

English Language Centre (Academic Partnerships)


EFL lecturer / Learning developer / TEL facilitator/Writing Cafe Coordinator


MA Education
PGCE (Post-compulsory Education and Training)
PgCTEAP (Teaching English for Academic Purposes)
Professional Certificate TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
Advanced Certificate TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language)
BA Hons Communication Studies

Professional membership

HEA Fellow

Teaching interests

Developing writing confidence and 'fluency'.

Staff serving as external examiners

University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN)

Research interests

Narrative approaches to educational research. Auto/ethnography. Writing as a method of inquiry.

Key publications are highlighted

Gale K & Bowstead H 2013 'Deleuze and collaborative writing as method of inquiry' Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education (6)
Bowstead HE 2011 'Coming to writing' Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education. (3) Publisher Site
Bowstead HE 2009 'Teaching English as a foreign language – a personal exploration of language, alienation and academic literacy' Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education (1) Publisher Site
Bowstead H 2014 'Telling Stories: Investigating The Challenges To International Students’ Writing Through Personal Narrative' in Lillis T; Harrington K; Lea M Working With Academic Literacies: Case Studies Towards Transformative Practice. The WAC Clearinghouse and Parlor Press
Bowstead HE 2011 'Devenir ecrivain(e) - Narrative writing as a research practice' in Mansfield C; Seligman S Narrative and the Built Heritage VDM Verlag
Conference Papers
Bowstead HE 2016 'Space Pirates of the Ocean City' Writing Development in Higher Education Plymouth University 27/06/2016 29/06/2016
Bowstead H & Pritchard C 2014 'Space Pirates of the Ocean City' Higher Education Academy conference: Heroes and monsters: extra-ordinary tales of learning and teaching in the arts and humanities The Lowry, Salford Quays, Manchester 02/06/2014 04/06/2014
Bowstead H & Pritchard C 2014 'A tent for the ‘nomad’: Welcome to the Writing Café’' Learning Development Spaces and Places University of Huddersfield 14/04/2014 16/04/2014
Bowstead H, Eades S & McMahon P 2014 'Successfully designing assessments across in-sessional modules in English for Academic/English for Specific Purposes' Internationalisation and the Student Experience Conference University of Plymouth 18/12/2013 18/12/2013
Bowstead HE 2013 'Telling stories, breaking down barriers - the power of personal narrative to trouble notions of the 'other'' Discourse, Power Resistance Conference 13 University of Greenwich 09/04/2013 11/04/2013
Bowstead HE, Eades S, Masterson D, McMahon P, Munro M, Lowes R & Luckhurst A 2013 'In response to the internationalisation agenda: Five consecutive "lightening talks" with subsequent discussion' 10th ALDinHE Conference Plymouth University 25/03/2013 27/03/2013
Bowstead HE & McMahon P 2011 'Creating intercultural exchanges - In response to the Internationalisation Agenda' Teaching and Learning Conference University of Plymouth 07/07/2011 07/07/2011
Bowstead HE 2011 'Telling stories, breaking down barriers' BALEAP Research and Training Presentation Series: Methodologies for researching EAP contexts, practices and pedagogies. University of Leicester 24/06/2011 24/06/2011
Bowstead HE 2011 'Telling stories, naming names' 8th ALDinHE Conference Queen's University Belfast 18/04/2011 20/04/2011
Bowstead HE 2011 'Narrative writing as a research practice' Narrative and the Built Heritage Colloquium University of Plymouth 22/03/2011 22/03/2011
Bowstead HE 2011 'The importance of international students' life stories in breaking down barriers' Higher Education Academy: Teaching international students workshop. King's College London 17/02/2011 17/02/2011
Bowstead HE 2010 'Coming to writing: developing the confidence to transgress academic boundaries' Writing Development in Higher Education Conference - Sustainable writing development: approaches and challenges. Royal College of Physicians 28/06/2010 30/06/2010
Bowstead HE & McMahon P 2010 'Creating a Webfolio: Trainee teachers engage with PebblePad' 5th Plymouth University e-conference. University of Plymouth 08/04/2010 08/04/2010
Bowstead HE 2010 'Collaborative Writing: Transgressing the academic divide' 7th ALDinHE Conference Nottingham Trent University 29/03/2010 31/03/2010