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Academic Background

Double Honours Degree in Philosophy and Education. University of Navarra,


MA in Higher Education Practice, UEA, Norwich

PGCE  University of Valladolid, Spain

Certificate in Teaching Foreign Languages to Adults, International House, San Sebastián, Spain

Diplôme d'Etudes en Langue Française, Alliance Française

Access Course of Art and Design, City College, Norwich



Marián Arribas-Tomé holds an Excellence in Teaching Award and  a University Teaching Fellowship. She is Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Executive Team and the Steering Group of the University Council of Modern Languages (UCML). As a trustee of Original Projects she is involved in creating social impact and driving social transformation through the arts and in collaboration through partnerships.


Before UEA, Marián worked at six UK universities (University of Glasgow and Strathclyde University in Scotland, and Metropolitan, City and UCL in London). Se also has previous experience of teaching English, French, literature and ethics to children in primary and secondary education in Spain.

She worked as a translator and interpreter for institutions such as the European Commission, or projects like the “Forensic geographical provenance and identification of human remains from the Spanish Civil War”.

Sh is developing teaching materials that help her teach in an interdisciplinary way addressing current societal issues. Language, art, culture and politics are at the centre of her teaching activity. The invitation by the Sainsbury Centre of Visual Arts to organize two workshops for the World Art Forum in November 2008 got her started with public engagement. Something that she continues doing since through the media and by giving or organising public and taster lectures.

She has combined her studies and formal employment whenever possible with voluntary work for organizations and groups such as UAS (Universitarios por la Ayuda Social), Amnesty International, CAFOD and the Missionaries of Charity.

She is one of the trustees of Original Projects, a charity that facilitates and develops art projects in Great Yarmouth and the surounding area.

Key Research Interests

Key Research Interests

I am prioritizing work connected to the sustainable develpoment goals. I am also interested in collaborative virtual working environments and, as one of HUM's Digital Champions, I very much support collaborative online international learning projects (COIL).

I am also interested in:

Very much any aspect of language teaching

Art and Language

Creative Writing


Global citizenship and nationalisms

Interculturality and conflict resolution

Human rights

Spanish politics


Arribas-Tomé, M. (2022). Educación sostenible: respondiendo a la diversidad dentro y fuera del aula de español. En C. Soler Montes, R. Díaz-Bravo y V. Colomer i Domínguez (Eds), Avances investigadores y pedagógicos sobre la enseñanza del español: aportes desde el contexto universitario británico (pp. 129-153). Research- publishing.net https://doi.org/10.14705/rpnet.2022.58.1403

Arribas-Tomé, M. (2009). Report on the conference “Teaching poetry in modern languages degree programmes” for the Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies, University of Southampton

Arribas-Tomé, M. and Kirjavainen, H. (2007). "“I want to say the nude”: The Philosophical Contribution of Cubism", vol. 8, no. 1,  pp. 45-73. https://doi.org/10.1515/SATS.2007.45

Arribas-Tomé, M. (2004-2006). Translation (Spanish into English) for the “Annotated Compendium including a comparative analysis of the Community consumer acquis”, directed by Professors R. Schulze and H. Schulte-Nolke, University of Bielefeld, Germany.

Key Responsibilities

Digital Champion, module organiser for Spanish modules, Translation Theory and Practice, Language and Politics, Cultural Extremes: Nationalism and Terrorism in Spain and the Student Language Ambassador module

Research Group or Lab Membership

  • Member of the International Association for Languages and Intercultural Communication.
  • Member of the International Peace Research Association
  • British Centre for Literary Translation
  • Language in Education

Teaching Interests

Spanish language at any level  

Creative writing

Contemporary culture of the Spanish-speaking world

Translation studies



Modules taught

Cultural Extremes: Nationalism and Terrorism in Spain

Specialised Translation

Translation Theory and Practice

Spanish Beginners´

Spanish Intermediate

Spanish Post-A level

Language and Politics

Issues and Controversies in Contemporary Spain

Introduction to Language and Communication Studies



Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

External examiner of Spanish at King's College London

Member of the Executive Team and Steering Group at UCML

Trustee of Original Projects

External Examiner (Spanish Degree Language Programmes) at Birmingham University (2014-2015)

Media Expertise

  • Politics
  • Education
  • Language & Communication
  • Translation
  • Political rhetoric