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Dr Cathy Burch

Senior Lecturer In Primary Education: Modern Foreign Languages

I am a Lecturer in Primary Education, specialising in Modern Foreign Languages


I have always loved languages. After finishing my degree in Spanish, I couldn’t wait to live abroad again, so that I could improve my languages further and find out more about the people and cultures I studied.

I taught English as a Foreign Language both in France and Spain after graduating. When I returned to the U.K., I enjoyed a successful career in international market research, but still kept studying Spanish, French and European Business to Master’s level. I worked as a primary school teacher and languages co-ordinator before I joined the Primary Education Team in January 2014.


  • B.A. (Hons), Spanish Studies, University of Portsmouth, 1993
  • M.A., Spanish and Latin American Studies, King’s College London, 2003
  • M.A., European Business, Culture & Langs (French), Oxford Brookes University, 2005
  • PGCE: Primary 5-11 (Specialism: MFL), Oxford Brookes University, 2008

Membership of professional bodies

Member of the Association for Language Learning

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Teaching & Research


Primary languages, with particular reference to French and Spanish.


More publications from Dr Cathy Burch can be found in the Research Repository.