Dr Sandra Torres (SFHEA)

Senior Language Tutor (Spanish)

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I completed a BA in Philology and Languages in Colombia and after working as a teacher of English and Spanish in that country I enroled in an MA in Applied Linguistics in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL).
After 4 years of teaching at higher education level in Colombia I was awarded a Teaching Assistantship to complete an MA in Translation and teach Spanish as a foreign language in the USA. Afterwards,  I completed my PhD at the University of Manchester. My final dissertation was on how beliefs affect language teachers’ uptake of technologies in their practice.
Soon afterwards, I worked as a research fellow at the University’s Translation Studies department where I was in charge of the development, implementation and delivery of an Online Postgraduate Certificate in Translation Studies. Subsequently, I started teaching Spanish at the University’s Language Centre (ULC) and have taught all levels of Spanish from Beginners to Proficient. More recently, in 2015, I became the senior language tutor for the ULC’s Non-Latin Script Languages (Japanese, Chinese and Arabic) team which I led and coordinated for 5 years. Whilst in this post, I also completed the PGCert in HE in 2018. I have also achieved the status of Senior Fellow (SFHEA). Currenlty I am a senior language tutor in Spanish. 


  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, 2018, School of Education, The University of Manchester, UK

  • PhD Language Education, 2005, Management and Institutional Development, School of Education, The University of Manchester, UK.
  • MA in Translation with a concentration in Spanish, 2000, Institute for Applied Linguistics, Modern and Classical Language Studies, Kent State University, Ohio USA
  • MA Applied Linguistics in Teaching English as a Foreign Language, 1996, Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas, Bogotá, Colombia
  • BA Philology and Languages (Spanish – English), 1992, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia


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Senior Fellow of the HIgher Education Academy (SFHEA)

UNILANG certified external examiner, number UL063 2018. A recognition scheme for language learning in higher education http://www.unilang.ac.uk


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External Eaminer, University of Leeds

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External Examiner, The University of Sheffield

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