A Tribute to Carol Irvine

It is with great sadness that we write to tell you that our colleague Carol Irvine passed away peacefully on 1st February. Carol was a very active member of Glasgow ESOL Forum’s Board from 2004 – 2011 and was a strong supporter of our Volunteer Tutor Project. She delivered numerous training courses for our volunteer tutors and organised workshops which benefitted our whole organisation. Carol had worked at the University of Glasgow since 1995 having previously worked at Strathclyde and overseas in Chile, Poland, Kazakhstan, Egypt and Siberia. Carol’s career and interests ranged from ESAP to ESOL and beyond. She also remained very involved with the wider field of English language teaching through CELTA and introduction to TESOL courses and also the wider community, reflecting her roots in ESOL and true commitment to widening participation. She was involved in SATEFL and NATECLA, always keen to encourage new teachers and international TESOL students to participate and join events. More recently she was instrumental in organising access to pre-sessional places for refugees at Glasgow University and in advocating for widening participation to the University.

Some of you may know that after a life-changing accident and long period of rehabilitation 3 years ago, Carol’s resilience and determination ensured she was welcomed back to her work at Glasgow University early last year. Her story was quite inspirational and is captured in this interview she did with the UK-wide Charity Back up. Carol will be fondly remembered for advocacy and support of others, her strength of character in the face of adversity and will be sadly missed.


 
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