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Svetlana Suchkova

  • Director:Office of Academic Development / Academic Writing Centre
  • Svetlana Suchkova has been at HSE University since 2016.


- coordinates the activities of Academic Writing Centre (AWC)

- monitors the quality of AWC services

- runs courses and seminars

Education, Degrees and Academic Titles

  • 2001
    Associate Professor
  • 1998

    Candidate of Sciences* (PhD)

  • 1985

    Degree in English and German Languages
    Kuibyshev State Teacher Training Institute

* Candidate of Sciences
According to the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) 2011, Candidate of Sciences belongs to ISCED level 8 - "doctoral or equivalent", together with PhD, DPhil, D.Lit, D.Sc, LL.D, Doctorate or similar. Candidate of Sciences allows its holders to reach the level of the Associate Professor.

Continuing education / Professional retraining / Internships / Study abroad experience

2001-2003 - Trainer certificates of the British Council, Moscow; Moscow-Plymouth; Samara-OSI New York

2005 - Online course Integrating the Internet into the Classroom, AES, Lewis&Clark College, Oregon, USA

July 2010 - EF International School of English, Cambridge, UK, Course Certificate, EFCELT level C2 (Council of Europe)

January 2014 - British Council trainer certificate

2014 - 8-week online course ColWri2.2x: Principles of Written English, edX, Berkeley University, USA

2014 - 8-week online course UWashingtonX: COMM220UWx: Introduction to Public Speaking, University of Washington, USA

April-July, 2015 - 60-hour online course Teaching English for Academic Purposes, NILE, UK

2015-2016  - 20-week online CertICT course, Trinity College, London, UK 

2016 - Coursera course Scholarly Communication, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology

2016 - International Visitor Leadership Program, US Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, “Developing Academic Writing Centers: A Project for Russia"

2019 - Margaret Cargill's course Writing a Research Article for International Submission, Moscow

2020 - Online course Advanced Writing Strategies for Immediate Improvement, Udemy

2020 - Online course Becoming a Writer, Udemy

2020-2021 - The 100-hour online course Teaching Genre in the Writing Center
sponsored by RELO Tallinn and the National University of Science and Technology MISIS


Work experience

2017 – present  Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Academic Writing Center director

2016 –2017 Russian State Social University, Moscow, assistant professor

2016 New Economic School, Moscow, assistant professor

2007 – 2016 Samara University, Samara, Dean of Teachers’ Professional Development Department, assistant professor

2010-2012 Medical-Technical Lyceum, Samara, teacher of English IB program

1986 - 2007 Samara State Pedagogical University, assistant professor

1985-1986 Secondary school #3, Novokuibyshevsk, English language teacher

Work experience

2017- present Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Academic Writing Center director

2016 –2017 Russian State Social University, Moscow, associate professor

2016 New Economic School, Moscow, associate professor

2007 – 2016 Samara University, Samara, associate professor, Dean of Teachers’ Professional Development Department

2010-2012 Medical-Technical Lyceum, Samara, teacher of English, IB program

1986 - 2007 Samara State Pedagogical University, associate professor

1985-1986 Secondary School #3, Novokuibyshevsk, English language teacher


  • 2019
    Academic Writing at Intersections, 10th Conference of the European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing (Gothenburg). Presentation: Workshop "Russian Academics’ Challenges: Results of a Diagnostic Module"
  • 2019 Symposium on Second Language Writing (Tempe, Arizona). Presentation: Workshop "Writing for publication purposes: Challenges of ESL/EFL writers"
  • Academic Writing in a Global World: Current Challenges and Future Perspectives (Москва). Presentation: Workshop "Research into Academic Writing: Finding a Focus and Developing Questions"
  • NATE Jubilee Conference: 25 Years of Navigating Through Challenges (St. Petersburg). Presentation: Workshop "How can we make action research publishable?"
  • 2018
    Samara Academic Writing Institute "Dealing with pressure to publish" (Samara). Presentation: From submission to publication: Reviewer's perspective
  • Politics and the Writing Centre: Inquiry, Knowledge, Dialogue, and Action (Saskatoon). Presentation: National Consortium of Writing Centers as a Response to Government Incentives
  • Российско-китайский молодежный форум "Волга-Янцзы"- iВолга (Самара). Presentation: Workshop: Tips for a successful project presentation
  • II Школа научной коммуникации (Томск). Presentation: Статья на английском языке: ожидания читателя и типичные ошибки
  • Re-inventing the teacher and English language education (Moscow). Presentation: Workshop: Is classroom research publishable?
  • The 5th Annual Conference on EAP/ESP/EMI in the Context of Internationalization of Higher Educaton (Москва). Presentation: Finding Your Route to Research Writing: Diagnostic module of HSE Academic Writing Center
  • 2017
    The 9th conference of the European Association for Teaching Academic Writing (Royal Holloway, University of London). Presentation: Academic mobility: Russian writers' challenges
  • The 3d International Research Conference "Teaching English in Professional Context: Entering Global Community" (Tambov). Presentation: Plenary: What do we teach when we teach writing? Workshop:Master Your Editing Skills
  • The 4th International Conference on ESP/EAP/EMI in the Context of Higher Education Internationalization (Moscow). Presentation: Workshop: Using self-editing strategies for better writing
  • The 4th Okrug Conference of Yamalia English Language Teachers' Association (Gubkinsky). Presentation: Workshop: What's critical about critical thinking?

‘English Will Still Be the Global Language of Scientific Communication’

Svetlana Suchkova on the activities of the Academic Writing Centre

‘I Got the Kick I Needed to Finish My Paper and Feel Inspired’

From December 16–18, the HSE Academic Writing Centre held a ‘Writers’ Retreat’ aimed at giving HSE University researchers an opportunity to look at their texts from a different perspective. The participants and facilitators of the event spoke with the HSE News Service about the importance of self-editing and peer review.

We shared the results of research the AWC conducts

On December 3-4, 2022, Svetlana Suchkova ran a workshop “To know what to ‘feed,’ we research in what they need” at the MGU international conference.

Collaboration and experience sharing

On October 20-22 the AWC team members took part in the IV international conference "Academic Science Communication: Teaching Non-Native English Speaking Scholars in a Multidisciplinary, Multicultural Context" organized by the National Writing Centers Consortium (NWCC).

Crash course “Action Research Venture”

The AWC Director Svetlana Suchkova developed and ran a special course for the faculty of the National University of Science and Technology MISIS. 

Linguistic Pleasure: HSE University’s Academic Writing Centre

Founded in 2011, the Academic Writing Centre strives to help HSE University faculty improve their academic and research-writing skills in English. HSE University bulletin Okna spoke to several teachers and researchers who have used the AWC’s services over the decade.

How to publish more: A workshop at the Faculty of Law

On November 29 Svetlana Suchkova, the AWC director, took part as a speaker in the workshop of the Faculty of Law. The event was aimed at enhancing the publishing activity among faculty members.