Mary Osmaston

Mary Osmaston

Programme Director, Teacher Education

Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT)

Livesey House, LH210

+44 (0) 1772 89 2867

Subject Areas: Education

Mary leads the management of the Teacher Education partnership, working with 15 partner colleges across the North West of England to train teachers for the Further Education and Skills sector. She teaches on post-graduate education programmes and her external work is with teachers and teacher trainers for literacy, ESOL and numeracy across the North of England.

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As Programme Director for Teacher Education Mary leads the PGCE and Cert Ed programmes for the Further Education and Skills sector; she is responsible for working together with partner colleagues to develop the programmes, and also for quality assurance. The Initial Teacher Education provision was recently inspected by Ofsted and rated ‘Good’ (2015).

Mary joined the university in 2009 after many years of working in schools, universities and further education as an ESOL teacher, teacher trainer and manager. Her background is in linguistics, language teaching and teacher training. Before joining UCLan she was head of ESOL at Bolton College, where she also developed and taught on ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) teacher training courses and worked on embedding English and maths across the vocational curriculum of the college. Mary has also taught ESOL in schools and universities in the UK and abroad and has taught linguistics at Lancaster University.

Mary conducts a wide range of training for teacher educators and is also in demand as a teaching workshop leader for ESOL teachers at national, regional and local events and conferences, focusing on assessment, teaching methodology, grammar and phonology for English language teachers. She is particularly interested in the ways that different teaching methods affect learning, both in ESOL and in teacher training, and is still very much involved with the Further Education sector.


  • BA (Hons) Linguistics, University of York
  • MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), University of London Institute of Education
  • PGCE and Certificate for ESOL Subject Specialists

External Activities

  • National Association for Teaching English and Community Languages to Adults (NATECLA) Management Council - teacher training representative
  • External examiner for University of Cambridge ESOL Teaching Awards
  • External examiner for Northumbria University Teacher Education


Slayen, S and Osmaston, M (2001) ‘E-mail project’. Language Issues Vol.13 No.1.

Editor: Through the Looking Glass: Reflective Research in Post-compulsory Education 2010 to present.


Participating with Huddersfield University in a three-year national research project on initial teacher education for science, engineering and technology teachers working in colleges, funded by the Gatsby Foundation.

Teaching Activities

Mary’s main responsibility is programme development for the Certificate in Education and PGCE, and training and staff development for teacher education teams in the UCLan partnership. She also co-ordinates and develops subject specific teacher training in Literacy, ESOL and Numeracy.

Mary teaches several modules on the Post-Graduate Diploma in Professional Practice in Education, a course for practising teachers that leads to a Master’s in Education (MEd). One of the most popular modules is ‘Developing Innovation in Teaching, Learning and Assessment’.


NATECLA Conference Presenter 2015