Miss Sumeya Loonat

Job: Senior International Student Lecturer

School/department: Leicester Castle Business School

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 207 8484

E: sloonat@dmu.ac.uk

W: https://www.dmu.ac.uk


Personal profile

Sumeya joined the Centre for English Language Learning (CELL) in 2009 as English Language Lecturer, teaching on in-sessional and pre-sessional English language programmes for international students. Sumeya contributes to teaching on the Masters in English Language Teaching and is a MA dissertation supervisor. She now works in the Business and Law faculty as Senior International Student Lecturer providing contextualised academic support to international students. Sumeya is currently working towards a PhD under the supervision of Professor Richard Hall and Dr Melanie Crofts.

From 2020 Sumeya is further seconded to a 0.25 role as a Fair Outcomes Champion for the Decolonising DMU initiative, which aims to 'build an anti-racist university' at DMU.

Research group affiliations

Institute for Research in Criminology and Community and Social Justice

Research interests/expertise

  • Academic writing for international students
  • New technologies in English Language Teaching
  • Internationalisation of Higher Education

Areas of teaching

  • English for academic purposes
  • Academic writing
  • Study skills
  • New technologies in ELT


  • BA Hons Politics and International Relations
  • MA English Language Teaching
  • Post Graduate Certificate- Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
  • Currently working towards a PhD

Courses taught

  • TEFL5008
  • TEFL5015
  • TEFL5000

Honours and awards

Higher Education Academy- Fellowship

Membership of professional associations and societies

Associate Member- Dyslexia Guild (2017-2018)

Conference attendance

Inside Government: Enhancing the International Student Experience in UK Higher Education 2019- London

Current research students

Omar Alahaydib - Masters dissertation on new technologies in Saudi Higher Education (1st supervisor)