Timothy has been enjoying a multi-faceted career as a teacher, translator, writer and performer for well over 30 years.
As an undergraduate at the University of Stirling, Scotland, he had the opportunity to study in Berlin on a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). After graduating with first-class honours, he taught in the UK but soon took up an offer of employment and returned to Germany, where he worked in the pharmaceutical industry for several years, first as a scientific and business translator, later as a medical writer, preparing study protocols and clinical trial reports for submission to worldwide regulatory authorities.
As an editor and translator, he was a resident member of the company’s financial reporting team for 13 years. He also represented Berlin industry on examination boards for vocational English and translation at the local Chamber of Trade and Industry. Timothy completed his drama training in Berlin. His UK and German credits include work with the Royal National Theatre, NT Education and the BBC as well as a major European tour of Hamlet with TNT and the prize-winning German short film, Solanine.
Timothy also holds a PGCE in Modern Languages and, since returning to teaching, has spent several years in the Middle East and North Africa. He has taught at all levels from beginner to advanced, both in General English and English for Special Purposes. As Director of Studies at the Central Bank of Libya, he was responsible for all aspects of the programme at centres across the country. After the revolution, he was a consultant to several commercial banks, worked with the National Oil Corporation and, before fighting resumed, had done the groundwork to establish an English Department within a Centre for Technology and Scientific Research.
Timothy has also been an instructor with the Royal Saudi Air Force and taught a number of pre-sessional and in-sessional courses at universities in the UK, most recently at Newcastle Business School where he helped British and international postgraduates prepare for their Master’s dissertations. He is delighted to be part of this new project in Mauritania.