Curriculum Developers

The course has been developed by PhD qualified researchers to enhance the English skills of academics and prospective PhD students. They understand how the research process works and what you need to know to be successful. The curriculum developers have all had extensive experience in publishing in international ISI journals as well as presenting at international conferences. They include Emeritus Professor Nicky Solomon, Associate Professor Hermine Scheeres and Dr. Robert McMurtrie. 

- Emeritus Professor Nicky Solomon, Lead Course Developer

Emeritus Professor Nicky Solomon currently serves as Educational Research Consultant for UTS Insearch, a college of the University of Technology in Sydney. She has lead the development of the UTS Insearch’s English for Research courses to be delivered in Vietnam in July, 2018. Professor Solomon’s career in education includes 12 years teaching ESL to adults in Sydney, teaching in adult education, where the students were adult teachers of English and trainers in organisations. Her research focused on language, culture and communication and on workplace learning. She was an investigator in 6 competitive research grants funded by the Australian and the UK Governments.

From 2010 to 2016, she was Dean of the Graduate Research School at the University of Technology Sydney, where she lead the strategic direction of doctoral education in the university as well as research development for academics in the university. Her role focused on improving the quality of doctoral education so that graduates can significantly contribute knowledge in their academic fields. She has personally supervised Vietnamese research students and has a deep and practical understanding of the challenges that face Vietnamese researchers. Emeritus Professor Solomon has published 4 books, over 15 international journal articles and presented at countless international conferences.

- Associate Professor Hermine Scheeres, co-writer

Hermine Scheeres has worked in higher education; technical and further education and secondary education in Australia, England, Mexico and Argentina. Her current positions include: Co-ordinator of the BA Organisational Learning and the Grad Dip Literacy and Numeracy. She is a member of UTS Academic Board, Deputy Chair of the Board of the Faculty of Education, a member of the UTS Equity Reference Committee and Co-editor of the Journal Literacy and Numeracy Studies: an international journal in the education and training of adults. Hermine has developed curriculum and professional development courses and materials for organisations and institutions including: NSW State Rail; Kelloggs Australia; TAFE (equivalent) teachers in Mexico; English Language teachers in Argentina; Adult Literacy teachers across Australia; and the NSW Board of Secondary School Education (HSC). She has also worked as a consultant, adviser and trainer for government departments and industry.

- Dr. Robert McMurtrie, co-writer

Dr Robert McMurtrie is a lecturer at UTS, teaching grammar and meaning with a focus on systemic functional linguistics. He is also the coordinator and writer of the subject Academic and Design Communication in the Diploma of Design and Architecture Program at UTS Insearch, in which he teaches the semiotics of design to local and international students. He has been an ESL teacher for 20 years and is a CELTA teacher trainer.

His main research interests include spatial discourse analysis, in which he applies the theoretical underpinnings of SFL, social semiotics and multimodality to the built-environment, developing a grammar of movement through space. He has published books and articles focusing on the semiotics of the built-environment, performance space. He has also co-authored articles examining the language of examiners’ reports on PhD theses.

Course teacher

Vu Thi Thanh Nha (Vietnam) is the dean of the Faculty of English, at the University of Languages and International Studies, Vietnam National University (ULIS). She obtained a bachelor and a master’s degree in English language teaching at ULIS and a doctoral degree in Education at the University of New South Wales, Australia. Her doctoral thesis examined the implementation of English-medium programs at a public university. Before working at ULIS, Nha was responsible for teaching and developing syllabi for General English and English for Specific Purposes (ESP) at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, VNU. Nha has won multiple academic awards including ULIS Best Thesis Award for master students. Nha has extensively published in international and national journals in the areas of project-based learning, educational change, English for Specific Purposes and English as a Medium of Instruction, classroom-based research and needs analysis. She has presented at multiple international conferences and her international publications include articles in the Journal of Asia TEFL, an international and fully refereed academic journal. Currently, Nha serves as a reviewer for TESOL Convention and the VNU journal.

Certificate of Completion

Students will receive the certificates of completion which will be issued by UTS Insearch Sydney.