Robert Sharples works on the overseas preparatory programmes (PGPPs) in the Academic Skills Support Team in the Department of Graduate Studies (DGS), and is tasked with increasing the number of high-quality applicants from priority countries for DGS programmes.

Rob has worked internationally with the British Council in countries including Egypt, Palestine, Myanmar and Senegal, where he has been involved with a range of education development projects.

In the UK, Rob has taught academic skills and English for academic purposes at several UK universities, preparing students for postgraduate study, as well as teaching some credit-bearing courses in language and linguistics.

Rob has a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy and Politics and a Master's degree in Applied Linguistics, along with a teaching diploma. He is currently working part-time on a linguistics PhD, where he is researching media discourses around terrorism and political violence in North Africa and Western Europe.