Kelly Peake

+ 44 7882 8242

With a degree in Linguistics and English literature at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and an Msc in Applied Linguistics at University of Edinburgh, Kelly Peake has worked in higher education in Japan, South Africa and the UK in the areas of English language curriculum development and academic support.

Kelly joined Thinking Writing in 2005 as a part of a  Higher Education Academy funded project investigating argumentative skills in first year undergraduates in conjunction with researchers at the Universities of York and Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She took a lead in our collaboration with the University of Wollongong, Australia on the Developing Academic Literacy in Context (DALiC) project, and has extended Thinking Writing work to various East London schools, initially under the Aimhigher programme.


Argumentative skills in first year undergraduates, (with Richard Andrews, Rebecca Bilbro, Sally Mitchell, Paul Prior, Alison Robinson, Beng Huat See and Carole Torgerson), York, The Higher Education Academy, 2007

'A reflexive approach to interview data in an investigation of argument' (with Paul Prior, Rebecca Bilbro, Sally Mitchell, Beng Huat See and Richard Andrews) in International Journal of Research and Method in Education, 31 (3), 229 – 242, 2008

'Developing Academic Literacy in Context' (with Emily Purser, Jan Skillen, Mary Deane, Jim Donahue) in Zeitschrift Schreiben, 2008

‘Writing Hazards’ (with Dave Horne) in Writing in the Disciplines, Mary Deane and Peter O’Neill (Eds), Palgrave MacMillan, 2011

Thinking Writing at Queen Mary, University of London (with Teresa McConlogue and Sally Mitchell) in Chris Thaiss, Gerd Bräuer, Paula Carlino, Lisa Ganobcsik-Williams, and Aparna Sinha (eds) Writing Programs Worldwide: Profiles of Academic Writing in Many Places. Perspectives on Writing. Fort Collins, Colorado: The WAC Clearinghouse and Parlor Press. Available at Published June 30, 2012.

A Cautionary Tale about a Writing Course for Schools (with Sally Mitchell) in Theresa Lillis, Mary Lea, Kathy Harrington and Sally Mitchell (eds) Working with Academic Literacies: Case studies towards transformative practice. Perspectives on Writing. Fort Collins, Colorado: The WAC Clearinghouse and Parlor Press. Available at Published June 15 2015. Print publication November 6 2015. 

Recent conference presentations

‘Writing retreats for undergraduates: an inclusive pedagogy?’ presented at the Writing Development in Higher Education conference, 2 - 4 July 2012, Liverpool Hope University. 

‘Positive attention to writing and writers’ evidence session presented at Supporting and developing the curriculum by putting contemplation back into HE: enhancing students’ attention and effectiveness, 25 May 2012, Queen Margaret University

'Focus on Writing – what worked, what didn’t and what we don’t know' (with Sally Mitchell) presented at the Flying Start Symposium, 10 June 2010, Liverpool Hope University 

'Writing in Transition –  should sustainability be a goal?' (with Sally Mitchell) presented at Writing development in Higher Education conference, 28-30 June 2010, London Metropolitan University.