Dr. Christine O’Leary is a Principal Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University, in the UK, where she has held a number of leadership roles, including Head of Languages and Cultures and Assessment lead for her Faculty. She co-leads the Research Network for Learner Autonomy of the International Association of Applied Linguistics (AILA) and is Secretary of the Association of Languages Communities for UK and Ireland. She has a wide-ranging experience in designing and leading programmes of study, in Languages and Research Methods. She is an experienced doctoral director of studies and external examiner for PhD programmes in Education and Languages Education. She has designed and led a large number of staff development programmes both within her institution and externally. Her research interests focus on inclusive pedagogies for learner autonomy within and beyond the field of languages, and research- informed assessment practices. She has presented and published widely in these areas in the last 25 years.
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