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 Alison Carlisle

What part of your job do you enjoy the most?

Working with the students and seeing them progress, and their excitement when they get into university. Some students have very few qualifications when they start, and helping them to become midwives, nurses, teachers, lawyers is very rewarding.

If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet?

I would like to meet Stalin, as he had an evil sense of humour like me. I want to ask him lots of questions about the Cold War, as I teach this and find it fascinating. I would also like to meet Winston Churchill, as he is a legend and must have lots a great stories.

What super-power would you most like to have, and why?

To freeze time, as there is never enough.

One Thing Students Won't Know About Me...

 I love American dramas like CSI and NCIS, and I’ll watch some tacky reality stuff like Don’t Tell The Bride.


My background was teaching English as a Foreign Language, and I spent a year in Spain doing this before returning home and under taking a post-graduate qualification in History at the Nottingham Trent University. At Trent I had the opportunity to teach undergraduate students, and really enjoyed this. I studied for a teaching qualification (PGCE), before starting at Boston College part time teaching English to international learners.

I have now been at Boston College for ten years, and have taught a variety of courses from English as a Foreign Language to Study Skills and History.

I currently teach History on the Access to H.E. course, and started teaching it on the Pre-Access course. In addition I teach AS/A2 History.

My job also involves being a Tutor to a number of different groups, and helping organise social activities.