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Adham Mardini

Associate Lecturer

School of Language and Global Studies

Adelphi Building, AB138

3131+44 (0) 1772 203131

amardini1@uclan.ac.uk

Associate Lecturer in Arabic (Full time) since 2013. He teaches Arabic Language, Travel Literature, Folklore and Middle East history. His main duties and responsibilities are to act as a tutor on modules in Arabic language and culture and society, to deliver Arabic Language and Cultural Studies modules on the undergraduate and Applied Languages programmes, to supervise and mark dissertations and / or translation projects, to develop teaching materials and to contribute to the development of module information packs.

Full Profile

In addition to being a Cultural Attaché at the Syrian Embassy in London, Adham was responsible for the Embassy's administrative work which included being responsible for the Staff attendance and welfare and ensuring the effectiveness and the efficiencies of the work achieved by them. he has worked within an international environment which helped him tremendously in building up a large network with the diplomatic community in London in addition to links with many British and Irish universities; he had the opportunity of visiting universities in Britain and Ireland during which he became acquainted with the duties and responsibilities of the international offices in those universities. Adham assisted and initiated MOUs with the aforementioned universities (For example: Manchester University; Cardiff University; St. Andrew's University and many more including UCLan. Adham was the link between UCLan and the Ministry of Higher Education in Syria where he signed an MOU which nearly became an MOC but sadly due to the troubles there we had to halt the proceedings).

Adham was in charge of all the Syrian students in the British Isles; this included paying their scholarships and looking after all their affairs regarding issues arising in Syria or the UK, such as visa problems, academic problems or severe illnesses and so on; He also paid visits to their universities during their open days. He almost achieved the start-up of an e-library in Syria in cooperation with the British Library in conjunction with the Assad National Library (Stopped due to the troubles there).

To promote education, culture, investment and tourism in Syria, he presented many times at various venues; this took many shapes such as power point presentations, short film presentations, inviting guest speakers to Q & A sessions, leaflets and advertising campaigns in cooperation with the British Museum, Business executives, MPs and other governmental bodies in the UK and Ireland. An example of a successful marketing at international level was when he was the coordinator of the 'Syrian Silk Road' project giving presentations at Ministerial level, also with UK governmental bodies and executive directors of the top UK travel agencies. In addition, coordination with UCLan led us to take one of their MA Tourism students to travel to Syria (along with many British travel agents) and experience a very interesting historical taste of the country. Later on, that student created a blog to share this experience with the rest of the media and then the world.

In Syria, he was also responsible for the EU-Syria Association agreement which led to agreements for scholarships for Syrian students coming to study in an EU State through the Erasmus Mundus Scholarship scheme (he was later the link between UCLan and this office signing an MOU) in addition to his involvement later on with projects relating to the Union for the Mediterranean which was initiated by President Sarkouzi which was mainly promoting of education enhancement, investment, economic and cultural cooperation within all the Mediterranean countries.

Qualifications

  • 2015: MA Interpreting and Translation, University of Central Lancashire
  • 2005-2006: Certificate in Diplomatic Studies (Awarded Chevening Scholarship from the British Council in Damascus), Oxford University
  • 1998-1999: MA English Literature, Damascus University
  • 1993- 1998: BA in English Literature – Damascus University

Memberships of Professional and Learned Bodies

  • The Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIOL) – Member (2014)
  • National Register of Public Service Interpreters (NRPSI) – Member (2014)
  • University and College Union (UCU) – Member (2015)

Research

  • 2013: Toolkit course at the University of Central Lancashire.
  • 2004: Visiting Programme Tour to Germany organized by the Goethe Institute in Political public relations.
  • 2003: The Thomson Foundation Certificate in Press & Public Relations.
  • 2003: International Visitor Program of the United States Department of State.
  • 2003: Certificate of Professional Development, British Council.
  • 2002: Certificate in using and administrating SEDCO Media Worx System.

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

  • To act as a tutor on modules in Arabic language and culture and society, according to the requirements of the Subject. Teaching would be under the guidance of a module leader.
  • To deliver Arabic Language and Cultural Studies modules on the undergraduate and Applied Languages programmes
  • To supervise and mark dissertations and / or translation projects.
  • To develop own teaching materials with assistance and support.
  • To contribute to the development of module information packs, assignments and examination questions.
  • To assess student progress and provide feedback.
  • To actively participate as a member of the teaching team.
  • To attend and contribute to relevant meetings.
  • To continue to develop own teaching and learning skills through attendance at any associated training and development sessions.
  • To contribute to the planning of teaching programmes.
  • To undertake any other duties relevant to the School’s activities and commensurate with the level of the post, as directed by the Dean of School/designated person