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Philippa has a degree in International Relations and a Master's in Gender & Development. She was trained by UN Women to deliver workshops and lectures on international women issues. Philippa has completed a postgraduate certificate in teaching English for Academic Purposes and is completing the DELTA.

Philippa has taught Academic English & Skills and English language in the UK, Portugal and China. She helped develop a Foundation programme for overseas study in Shanghai Jiao Tong University and integrating academic skills with modules on History, Culture, Globalisation and Business.

Her current research interests include cultural approaches to criticality and academic writing and she enjoys using gender and post-colonial theory to develop student's critical thinking and awareness of the role of theory in academia. In her free time Philippa enjoys paddle surfing in remote places around the world and reading historical fiction.