Irene Macias

Irene Macias


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Dr Irene Macías, Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Chartered Linguist, graduated from King’s College, London, where she obtained her degree and her doctorate.

She lectures and researches on Spanish Linguistics and Spanish as a Foreign Language. She convenes the final year modules El mundo hispanohablante en textos (PL31004) and Language, Power and Society (PL30971). She also lectures on contemporary topics in Spanish Linguistics within the ab-initio modules PL11021 and PL21027.

She is currently Director of Studies for the International Management and Modern Languages degree programme (years 1 & 2). She is also a very active member of the Learning and Teaching community at Bath. She collaborates with the Centre for Learning & Teaching as Advisor and Senior Observer for its HEA accredited Fellowship programme. She has also worked extensively with schools, hosting and organizing in-house events such as the annual Language Teachers Event. 

Amongst her external projects, she was a member of the Bath Team working on the EU funded CO-CREATION: The Cohesive City: Addressing Stigmatisation in Disadvantaged Urban Neighbourhoods. The project aimed to develop and apply ‘Co-Creation’ as a methodological tool to address stigmatisation, bringing together researchers, artists and policy-makers. Her involvement entailed working with socially disadvantage school communities in Mexico City.

She is the Co-founder and Co-Director of LanGW4, a languages consortium whose aim is to advance scholarship on language learning and teaching. The consortium brings together the universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter. LanGW4 organizes annual Colloquiums on Innovation in Modern Languages Education.

She served on the national panel set up to review A Level language content, ALCAB. She sat on the editorial board of Vida Hispanica, of the Association for Language Learning until 2016. She regularly reviews articles on language teaching for other journals and writes critical reviews of language books for various publishers. She has worked as external examiner and is a UNILANG certified assessor.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education

External positions

Chartered Linguist, Chartered Institute of Linguists

2020 → …

Member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists, Chartered Institute of Linguists

2017 → …

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Higher Education Academy

2015 → …

Co-Founder and Co-Director of LanGW4

2014 → …


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