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BALEAP Professional Issues Meeting

Northumbria University


We regret to inform you that Northumbria University has taken the decisive step to postpone the BALEAP PIM on 28th March until further notice in order to address concerns over and contain spread of coronavirus.

We will be in touch to discuss potential rearrangement for the PIM at a later date.

In the meantime, if you have booked accommodation, the hotels have been made aware and should be able to deal with any queries you have about your booking and any travel expenses can be discussed with individual suppliers.

Please contact if you have any enquiries about registration fees. If you have organised travel, you may need to discuss travel arrangements with your institution.

We hope that this does not cause too much of an inconvenience, but that you can understand why it was felt necessary to postpone in these uncertain times.

Best wishes,

Northumbria Language Centre


Northumbria Language Centre is delighted to announce that we will be hosting the BALEAP PIM on the theme of ‘Integration’. We invite interested academics and teaching professionals to join us.

We are delighted to confirm that our plenary speaker for BALEAP PIM March 2020 will be:

Professor Helen Spencer-Oatey Centre for Applied Linguistics at University of Warwick

Presentation Title: Fostering Integration: Why is it important and how can we enhance it? 

Professor Spencer-Oatey has written extensively on integration and internationalisation, as well as intercultural communication and competencies.

For information on how to submit a paper for consideration to speak at the conference, please see the Call for Papers below. Information about registration will be announced at a later date:

Call for Papers 

BALEAP PIM March 28th 2020 @Northumbria University (Newcastle upon Tyne)

Integration: We’re all in this together?

‘Integration’ is an increasingly pressing issue in our discipline, as EAP practitioners are caught up in changes sweeping Higher Education, including mounting internationalisation and diversification of EAP providers, rapid technological advances and changes in our professional roles. By their very nature, the challenges surrounding ‘integration’ are not confined to the EAP community and progress is likely to be found in collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches. Current trends towards ‘integration’ are also not without their controversies. We therefore hope that by exploring the issues inherent in achieving integrated practice that this one-day conference will contribute to the development of innovative responses to current concerns in our field and beyond.

We welcome papers in a variety of formats (20 minute presentations, poster presentations and 30-60 minute workshops) relating to the theme of ‘integration’, broadly defined, including, but not limited to, the following topics on the integration of:

  • Pre-sessional/foundation and in sessional
  • EAP and subject content
  • EAP staff and subject staff
  • International students and home students
  • Current practice and technological innovations
  • On-line/distance learning and face-to-face provision
  • In-house provision and partners
  • Student experience(s)/adapting to different teaching and learning styles
  • Differently abled staff and students
  • Testing and assessment
  • Feedback

The event will take place in our state-of-the art Business School from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday 28th March 2020.

Submit a proposal

Please submit your proposals using our Online Proposal Submission Form by Friday 10th January 2020.

Proposals should be no more than 250 words.

Contact us

If you have any event-related queries, please contact:


Registration is now open - click here 

  • BALEAP Member Fee: £75
  • Non-Member Fee: £100
  • Publisher Fee (If you would like to publicise your materials on a stand at the event): £150


Northumbria University is making every effort to ensure the BALEAP PIM on Integration is a sustainable event. For this reason there will be limited printed copies of the programme on the day. You can download an interactive digital pdf of the programme for your electronic device (laptop, tablet, phone) by clicking the link below.

Download an interactive pdf version for your electronic device here.

Getting Here

The BALEAP PIM will be hosted in our state-of-the-art Newcastle Business School at our City Campus East building. 

View our City Campus map showing the location of Newcastle Business School (no.5) or use our interactive Google map of Northumbria University. For guidance on travelling to Newcastle and the University click here.

SATNAV postcode for City Campus East: NE2 1UY 

Travelling by public transport 

To plan your journey you can use the Traveline website for assistance. 

Car parking 

At weekends, the City Campus East car park, accessible from New Bridge Street, is available on a pay and display basis. However, at busy events and during the week, please be prepared to use one of the city’s car parks


We are working in partnership with NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau (NGI) as the official accommodation booking provider to bring you the best accommodation rates for the conference.

Online accommodation booking is now open.

Conference Meal

Delegates who wish to meet for a pre-conference drink and/or meal on Friday 27 March are asked to contact to express your interest.

Delegates are also invited to a post-conference event at Stack Newcastle, a 10-minute walk from the conference venue and 10 minutes from Central Station. Food and drink are not provided, but there are a variety of vendors, bars and food-stalls catering for many tastes. 

For any queries, please contact:


Event Details

Northumbria University
City Campus East 1
Business & Law Building
Newcastle upon Tyne



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