Ms Catherine Lacey

Senior Lecturer Post Compulsory Education

Email address: Phone number: 01902 323138 Location: Walsall Faculty: Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing School/Institute: Institute of Education Areas of expertise: ESOL, English language teaching, Study skills and Mindfulness.


Cathie Lacey has taught at the University of Wolverhampton since May 2003, working with those who wish to teach English in adult community and college settings. As a senior lecturer, she has also both managed and taught on the subject specific (English/Literacy and ESOL) Cert Ed and stand-alone diplomas as well as having a stint as PGCE Award leader. She has been involved in working parties for the Education and Training Foundation Professional Standards (2014) and the LLUK standards (2006) as well as the subject specific criteria for ESOL (LSIS 2011). Ms Lacey has been external examiner for a wide range of universities (for example, Edge Hill University, University of Warwick, Institute of Education and University of Birmingham) for their post compulsory teacher education courses. She worked on many LSIS projects and has been involved in various research projects concerning post compulsory teacher education.

Cathie is currently working on doctoral research focusing on the impact of language-in-education policies changes on the lives of ESOL teachers in the West Midlands. 

Research interests

  • Reflective practice
  • English/ESOL teacher identity
  • Teacher identity 


BA Hons (2:1) English Language , University of Newcastle upon Tyne, July 1981.

MA Teaching English as a Second/ Foreign Language , University of Birmingham, September, 1990.

Previous professional experience

Teaching on subject specialist routes for English - ESOL and Literacy (PGCE, Cert Ed and Stand Alone) at the university since May 2003.

FE – 12 years including teaching on many basic skills courses (literacy and ESOL). In charge of 3 full time courses, then basic skills curriculum support leader (all at City College Birmingham). Left Sept 01 to join South Birmingham College as Head of Department (Cross College Basic Skills). Taught basic skills (literacy), ESOL and Access to HE and also managed coherency between different college sites.

Overseas – approx 4 years. Teaching English to adults refugees with UNESCO/SWAPO in Zambia.

Primary schools– approx 5 years – in London, Nottingham and Birmingham. Focus on literacy and language development.