International student support
We offer a variety of services for international student support. These services provide advice and guidance for non-academic related queries, and also opportunities for those looking to improve their academic skillsets through our English Language Teaching and Support Unit (ELTSU).
Non-academic international student support
Geoff Titchener is the University's International Student Adviser. Geoff is available to help students with non-academic issues and enquiries such as arrival enquiries, orientation, travelling to Europe, visa applications and extensions, and opening bank accounts. He will also direct students to the appropriate support elsewhere in Student Services or the University as appropriate.
The International Student Handbook, which is sent to you with your welcome pack, contains information to help you prepare for coming to the United Kingdom and starting your studies at Winchester. The University can help with transport from London Heathrow Airport. This information can be obtained from Geoff. You can contact Geoff by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or telephoning +44(0)1962 827482.
If you would like information about study abroad opportunities such as Erasmus exchange programmes and American Exchange/Visiting programmes, you can contact email@example.com.
Academic support for international students
This is provided through the Student Academic Support section of Student Services, in the English Language Teaching and Support Unit (ELTSU). ELTSU provides high-quality programmes to prepare and equip international students with the necessary skills to enable them to study at higher education. For international students already studying at the University, it also offers additional academic guidance and skills to help every student reach their potential and achieve their academic and language goals.
ELTSU’s taught programmes have been designed with students in mind; we take on board the feedback we receive and continually update our programmes.
The ELTSU experience
ELTSU offer a suite of programmes which cover a range of needs.
In-sessional academic English support
Academic English support is available for students for whom English is a second language throughout the year. Tutors are available to provide help with academic reading, writing, speaking and listening, as well as vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation and discourse – longer texts, which are a feature of university reading. One-to-one appointments of 30 minutes with an English language tutor allow sessions to be tailored to individual student needs. This could mean working on drafts for written assignments, developing strategies for reading academic texts effectively, preparing for presentations, or understanding assignment briefs or feedback from tutors. The support is available to undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Students can also join the University’s SMART Buddy (Academic Skills Student Mentoring) scheme. As part of the scheme, students have weekly meetings with a specially selected and trained student mentor who can help with the challenges of university study, and give practical advice on developing the written and spoken English skills that are important for academic study.
Meet the team
International Foundation Programme Leader and English Language Tutor
Telephone +44 (0)1962 827328
Mandy Jones is the International Foundation Programme Coordinator and Business tutor in the English Language Teaching and Support Unit. She has worked at the University of Winchester since 1998.
Mandy studied Human Centred Computing at The University of Winchester and subsequently trained as a computing and business teacher at Basingstoke College of Technology. She completed her Post Graduate Certificate of Teaching at Portsmouth University, and her Masters in Managing Contemporary Global Issues here at Winchester.
Mandy then moved on to studying a Masters in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA TESOL) at The Institute of Education, London. She is currently studying for her Doctorate in Education with a specific interest in Second Language Learner Motivation at the University of Winchester.
Mandy has taught in further and higher education in the UK. At the University of Winchester, Mandy has taught on the International Foundation Programme, the Certificate of English for International Students and coordinates the Summer School Programmes, as well as providing one-to-one in-sessional academic support to international students already studying on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
Pre-sessional Programme Leader and English Language Tutor
Telephone +44 (0)1962 827343
Marija Davis is the Pre-sessional programme leader and language tutor on all ELTSU programmes. She started working at the University of Winchester in 2012 after completing her Cambridge CELTA PTLLS course. She has previously worked in Macedonia and Serbia in media and international organisations as an interpreter, curriculum designer and trainer of trainers.
Her background is in language teaching and international studies, and she is currently studying on the MA Learning and Teaching in higher education. At the University of Winchester, Marija teaches on the Pre-sessional courses, International Foundation Programme, Certificate in English for International Students, Summer Schools, in-sessional programme for international students, and different bespoke programmes for the University’s international partners. She has been the English for academic purposes module leader for a number of years and has a special interest in technology enhanced learning and teaching, and helping international students become efficient learners.
Certificate in English for International Students Programme Leader and English Language Tutor
Telephone +44 (0)1962 624867
Peter Boniface is the CEIS programme coordinator and language tutor on all ELTSU programmes. He has worked at the University of Winchester since 2012.
In addition to his experience in various institutions in the UK, including University of Birmingham and University of Southampton, Peter has worked in China, South Korea and Uganda. Since completing his PGCE, and teaching secondary science, he has obtained an MSc in Managing Global Contemporary Issues where he specialised in cross-cultural learning. He enjoys working with students from different cultural and learning backgrounds and helping them to integrate and profit from their time at Winchester.
At the University of Winchester, Peter teaches on the CEIS, IFP and pre-sessional courses as well as working with various bespoke programmes aimed at enhancing internationalisation.
English Language Tutor
Telephone +44 (0)1962 827389
Howard Giles is an English Language Tutor in the English Language Teaching and Support Unit. He has worked at The University of Winchester since 2008.
Howard studied Fine Art at The University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and subsequently trained as an art teacher at Goldsmiths College in London. He completed the Royal Society of Arts Certificate for the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language at International House in London and the Cambridge ESOL Delta at University College London. He is currently studying for a Masters in English Language Teaching at the University of Southampton.
Howard has taught in secondary, special needs, further and adult education in the UK. He taught English as a foreign language in Luxembourg and Spain, where he worked for the British Council, International House and Hyland Language Centre in Madrid. More recently he has taught international students at the University of Southampton, including Winchester School of Arts.
At the University of Winchester, Howard has taught on the International Foundation Programme, the Certificate of English for International Students and the Pre-sessional Programme, as well as providing one-to-one in-sessional academic support to international students already studying on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
"We get a lot of support and feedback on our work and there are a lot of useful speaking, reading, listening and writing practices" - Michelle Hukins, Japanese/British National
"The IFP was very helpful. Everyone was supportive, and teachers were always there to help" - Saja Atoom, Jordan
"I could learn how to write an essay and do a presentation from the very first step" - Aoi Kubo, Japan
"We could also learn about the University and our course for future study and met our future lecturers" - Chikae Nakajima, Japan
Health and safety requirements
It is a condition of registration that students cooperate with the University with respect to health and safety.
All students have the right not to proceed with any activity if they feel it poses a danger to their health and safety or that of others and raise their concerns with an appropriate member of staff.
- not interfere with or misuse anything provided for health and safety
- comply with the University Health and Safety Policy, processes, regulations, codes of practice, guidelines and relevant legislation
- report any accident, injury, near miss, unsafe conditions or suspected faults in the buildings or equipment as soon as possible to a member of staff
- assist to the best of their abilities any visitors who may not be familiar with the University Health and Safety Policy, processes, regulations, codes of practice, guidelines and relevant legislation.
- notify their academic tutor if they have a condition affecting health which may be caused by or made worse by study activities (this information will be treated with appropriate confidentiality)
- undertake any health and safety training and induction required by the University.