Meet the Team

We are a friendly and welcoming team here to help you improve your English and academic study skills, and to adjust to your life in the UK.  We all have experience of working with students in Higher Education.  We look forward to meeting you.

Dr Malgorzata (Gosia) Drewniok – Head of English Language Centre

I was born in Poland and people call me ‘Gosia’. I first came to the UK as an international student (BA, MA, PhD) so I draw on my own experience in my work. I’m passionate about working with international students. My team and I work very hard to support international students at Lincoln, offering courses, workshops and one-to-one appointments tailored to your needs.

I have a PhD in Linguistics and am interested in anything to do with language. I have been teaching English for Academic Purposes (EAP), research and study skills at UK universities since 2008. I have also taught modules in linguistics in the past. I joined University of Lincoln in January 2019.

When I’m not working, I like to learn about languages and cultures, therefore I travel a lot. I also love to read and to watch good quality TV drama.


Carl Christopher – Senior EAP Tutor

Hello all!

Welcome to the UK, to Lincoln, to the university and – last but certainly not least – to the English Language Centre.

I’m nearly as new as you here, but I’m already looking forward to supporting our international students as they get stuck into their academic careers. I’ve lived and worked abroad for most of my married life, and so I know how it feels to be far from home, friends and family. For most of my time abroad, I taught English at a university, and also took the opportunity to learn Arabic too. I love continuing to learn Arabic through the songs, films and – most of all – the people of the Middle East. I’m also a keen reader (of nearly anything!), and I love to walk and explore. Most of all though, my time and energy is invested into the greatest blessing in my life; my family.

Finally, you should probably know that although I’m passionate about education, I could just as easily be a farmer.

Rajan Rai – Senior EAP Tutor

Hi everyone! My name is Raj and I’m a member of the In-sessional teaching team here at the English Language Centre. An English tutor since 2008, I’ve been at the University of Lincoln since September 2016. Previously, I have taught at universities in Australia and Spain. Whilst living in Australia, I completed a Masters in Educational Studies.

One of my greatest passions is travelling and discovering new cultures. As an English teacher, I actively enjoy meeting and getting to know our international students here in Lincoln who come from a diverse range of countries.


Sabine Belokopitova – Senior ELC Administrator


Wendy Whatmough – ELC Administrator

Having recently moved from overseas, I am new to the University and the English Language Centre.  I assist the team and support our international students with information prior to their arrival to the UK, whilst on the Pre-sessional English and Academic Study Skills course and those on their main course requiring ‘In-sessional’ support and signposting.

Having lived overseas in Ukraine, Cyprus and Germany, I can empathise with students moving to a new country, away from family, with a different culture and language. I have spent several years undertaking distance learning, currently at postgraduate level, therefore I understand the pressures and deadlines involved but can only imagine what it must be like not to study in your native language.

My home life revolves around my family, Winnie the Pug, study, eating out, reading and cinema-going.  I love to travel, however my current home improvement plans will limit this for some time.