Grahame Bilbow

Prof Grahame Bilbow

Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL)
University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong

Grahame Bilbow has been Director of the Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL) at the University of Hong Kong since May 2013. Immediately prior to this, he was an Assistant Director of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) in the UK, with responsibility for the Arts and Humanities. Before that appointment, Grahame was First Secretary for Education at the British Embassy in Beijing for nearly four years, where he was responsible for bilateral teacher education programmes between Britain and China, as well as in Mongolia and North Korea.

Actually, Grahame had already spent many years living and working in Hong Kong before his return in 2013. He spent a total of sixteen years at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, where he was Full Professor and Head of the Department of English. Grahame was awarded his professorship in 2001 on the basis of his research and publications in the areas of cross-cultural discourse analysis and intercultural communication, although, over the years, he has also published many textbooks and textbook series in Hong Kong and mainland China, intended for a wide range of audiences ranging from primary to university level, as well as for professional audiences.

In more recent years, though, Grahame’s interests have increasingly turned to the quest for quality in teaching and learning in higher education internationally. His appointments at the Higher Education Academy and most recently at the University of Hong Kong’s Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning are evidence of his commitment to this quest. Most recently, Grahame was awarded Principal Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in recognition of his contribution to strategic leadership of teaching and learning nationally and internationally.

Grahame’s particular interests now lie in building academic communities of practice so as to bring about deep-seated and sustainable improvements at institutional level, and in using new technology to enhance the nature of the student experience. In line with these interests, Grahame recently published (with Dai Hounsell and Tracy Zou), “Fostering Dialogue about Practices”, which appears in a 2017 Palgrave Macmillan volume that he also co-edited, entitled “Strengthening Teaching and Learning in Research Universities: Strategies and Initiatives for Institutional Change”.