Academic Bridge Program
Welcome message from the Director
Dear Faculty, Staff, Students and Friends.
A warm welcome back from me and the rest of the management team. We do hope that you have returned refreshed and ready for what promises to be another very successful start to the academic year.
Wayne Jones - ABP Director
Wayne has worked as a teacher, teacher-trainer and academic administrator for over twenty years in Europe, South America and the Middle East. During his 13 years at Zayed University, he has worked within the Academic Bridge Program (ABP) as a teacher, Level Coordinator and Assessment Supervisor and as a head of department in the Colloquy on Integrated Learning (Zayed University's General Education program). He has been the Director of the ABP since 2012. His academic interests are in the field of Language Testing and Assessment.
Barnaby Priest - DXB Assistant Director
Barnaby Priest is the Assistant Director of the Academic Bridge Program for the Dubai Campus. He has been living and working in the UAE since 2005. As the Assistant Director, it's his job to see that the wheels of the program are well oiled and that the day to day running of the program goes as smoothly as possible. Barnaby's current research interests include developing students' extensive reading skills and faculty peer observation for professional development. Away from his desk, Barnaby is an active musician.
Robert Turner - AUH Associate Director
Robert Turner is the Associate Director of the ABP and ensures all unit operational matters are dealt with efficiently and effectively in Abu Dhabi. He is currently enrolled on a PhD at UCL and his research interests revolve around the relationships between social/cultural capital, recontextualizations of policy and knowledge production in higher education.
Beth Wiens - DXB Assessment Supervisor
Beth joined Zayed University in 2007 and has been working as teacher and contributor to curriculum and assessment projects throughout that time. She has a Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics and has considerable experience, with more than 20 years in the Middle East. She has worked as a teacher and tester in other tertiary institutions in the UAE including UAE University and the University of Sharjah. Please come talk to her if you have any questions about ABP exams or assessments which help move our students through the program. We really do have their best interest at heart.
Elizabeth Jones- AUH Assessment Supervisor
Elizabeth Jones is currently studying for a post-graduate Assessment qualification, her interests include vocabulary acquisition, language assessment and special needs education. Liz is a New Zealander who has lived in the UAE since 2008. She has previously taught in New Zealand, Japan and South Korea.
Suzanne Littlewood - DXB Curriculum Supervisor
Suzanne joined Zayed University in 2013 and is currently Curriculum Supervisor on the Dubai campus. She has worked in education in the UAE since 1995 and has taught in tertiary institutions, colleges and schools. She has also taught in schools and colleges in the UK, Turkey, Hong Kong. She has also worked as a teacher educator in the UAE. Suzanne has a Masters Degree in Education, a Post Graduate Diploma in Teacher Education, and a Bachelors Degree in English Literature and History and a Diploma in TESOL.
Jesse Balanyk - AUH Curriculum Supervisor
Jesse has extensive experience teaching English in South Korea and the UAE. He joined Zayed University in 2012 and served as the Academic Bridge Program’s EdTech Coordinator from 2013 to 2016. Jesse has a Master of Arts in Cultural Studies, a Master of Education with a Major in TESOL and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Instructional Design. Jesse is particularly interested in the use of technology to support language teaching and learning.