Who we are

English for Academics

E4AC was founded in 2009 in Pisa by Adrian Wallwork and Anna Southern. We work with over 100 different universities and research institutes in Italy, including the top five Italian universities as ranked in the World University Rankings. We also have clients in China, France, Germany, Poland, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, and the UK.

In the same year as the company was founded, E4AC began writing the English for Academic Research series for SpringerNature, with 14 titles in the series.

Adrian Wallwork

Adrian has been editing scientific papers since 1986. Previously he was a copy editor at the BBC.

He has fifteen years of experience teaching academic / scientific English to PhD students primarily at universities in Italy, but with students from over 40 countries. He has held courses and presented at conferences in China, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, Switzerland and the UK.

He is the main author of the English for Academic Research series for Springer. He has written English language courses for Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, BBC, BEP, and Scholastic; as well as manuals on the use of English for De Agostini, Rizzoli and Vallardi.

Anna Southern

Anna has been a language editor of scientific papers for over 20 years. Before moving to Italy in 1999, she worked for many years for the British National Health Service as the project manager of a tuberculosis research and screening programme for the homeless. Prior to this, she worked for several governmental and non-governmental organizations including Crisis (a British charity for homeless people), the British Council, the United Nations Development Programme and the British Museum.

Her publications include English language learning textbooks for the BBC, Springer and Scholastic, public information guides for Carlton Television and a research paper on tuberculosis in the International Journal of Lung Disease.

Fergus Day

Fergus has over 25 years' experience in publishing, editing, and developing web content.

He worked as an editor of reference books for the international publishers Dorling Kindersley before managing their corporate and marketing website. He then project-managed their travel website and developed e-books, apps and licensed content in various subject areas. As Digital Content Manager for Rough Guides, he helped to create their award-winning travel apps, and to develop their publishing workflow.

Since 2012 he has worked freelance, creating websites and writing web content, and since 2014 he has edited academic papers in numerous fields for clients worldwide.