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Nick Saville

Dr. Nick Saville has been involved in English language education for over 30 years. He is currently the Director of Research and Validation (R&V) for Cambridge English Language Assessment, a department of the University of Cambridge. In that role, he is a member of the Cambridge English senior management team and is responsible for directing the work of nearly 50 specialist staff in the R&V Division.

He has been involved in English language education for over 30 years. Before joining Cambridge in 1989, he taught at the University of Cagliari and managed test development projects in Tokyo.

Dr. Saville has a degree in Linguistics, an MA in TEFL and a PhD in language testing. His research interests include the development of models for investigating test impact; the implementation of quality management systems in test development and validation; and the uses of language assessment for migration and citizenship purposes. He regularly advises on issues related to multilingualism, language policy, and the role of English as a lingua franca.

In 2014, Dr. Saville was elected Manager of the Association of Language Testers in Europe and has close involvement with European initiatives, including the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference and related ‘toolkit.’ He is a senior member of the University team responsible for co-ordinating the English Profile Programme and for setting up the Institute for Automated Language Teaching and Assessment.

Dr. Saville presents regularly at international events and has published widely on issues related to language assessment. He was a founding associate editor of Language Assessment Quarterly, is joint-series editor of the English Profile Studies series, and is on the editorial board for the Studies in Language Testing series.