united staff

meet the team

the "boss"

Matthew Wastie 

Managing Director

“United World has grown into a well-established school since its foundation in 1998. As a language teacher myself and having worked in schools throughout Europe and the UK, I recognise the importance of flexibility and the need to adapt to the requirements of the individual student. We hope our school meets your needs and look forward to seeing you in the future.”

Administration & Welfare

Severine Lai Tang

Student Services Manager

Severine is our Students Services Manager and has over 10 years experience.

"I really enjoy working in an international environment and couldn't think of a better job for me. I love meeting students and I am always happy to help and answer their questions. My passion for travelling is complemented by meeting people from all over the world on a daily basis."

Nina Schweigel

Student Services Coordinator

Nina has been working at United World since December 2011. Having initially come to Bournemouth as an international student, Nina can relate to students’ concerns and provide reassuring and professional information and making their transition to a new town and school as comfortable as possible. 

The Academic Team

Yvette Iskandarani


Teaching since 1990 both in Brazil and The UK with experience of teaching General English, Cambridge exam classes and Trinity GESE. University of Cambridge DELTA qualified teacher.

"I started teaching in when I lived in Brazil (quite a long time ago now !!!). I loved it so much that when I came back to The UK, I decided to study for a UK teaching qualification. I have never regretted that choice for a moment. I am now the Principal at United World and as well as the academic management side of my job, I still teach. I love the cultural diversity of the students, and the feeling that you can help someone achieve their goal is Fab-u-lous!"

Alan Martins

Director of Studies

Cambridge DELTA certified with an MA in TESOL. Adult ESL / EFL Instructor, Teacher Trainer and Course Designer with over fifteen years of professional experience with multicultural learners and teachers at various language centres, universities and distant learning. 

“English Language Teaching is not only my job, it’s my passion. I am a father, a husband, a teacher, and a gunner (Arsenal fan).”

our senior teachers


Senior Teacher and Business English Specialist

"Hi, I am Ben. My passion is teaching Business/Workplace English as it is something practical and relevant in today’s globalised economy. In addition, the world of business is never boring because it is full of funny people (both funny ha-ha and funny peculiar). Did you know that Jack Ma, Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group, was once an English teacher? Did you know that out of twenty-four applicants he was the only one to be turned down for a job at a local KFC? Did you know that Donald Trump once launched his own brand of vodka although, allegedly, he has never drunk alcohol? Did you know that the founder of Victoria’s Secret, a guy called Roy Raymond, also started a store selling children’s products? The first is now one of the richest men in the world, the second – president of the USA, and the third jumped to his death from the Golden Gate Bridge :_(

As I was saying, Business English can be really exciting, and our online course is guaranteed to never get you bored. What is more, you don’t need to be advanced level to do the course. As long as you are determined and enthusiastic, you can start from as low as pre-intermediate, or even elementary, level."


Senior Teacher and Cambridge Exams Specialist

Celta qualified teacher with 22 years experience, having spent 10 of those in Spain, specialising in Cambridge and trinity ISE exams, employing a variety of methodologies individually catered to each class/student.


Senior Teacher and Professional English Specialist

More than fifteen years of experience of teaching English at all levels ranging from beginners to proficiency. Mike specialises in exam classes: Cambridge First (FCE), Cambridge Advanced (CAE), and IELTS. Having studied Business Management at university and with vast experience in management, Mike makes a wise choice for those interested in professional English.

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united world school of english

+44 (0) 1202 315166
Brandon & Clifton House
44 - 46 St Peters Road
Bournemouth, Dorset, UK - BH1 2LT


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