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Matthew Whitton

Quality Coordinator

Before joining TQUK, Matthew worked as a teacher of English as a foreign language for general and academic purposes, as well as a manager of assessments and certifications for in-house teacher training qualifications. His hobbies are reading, thinking about reading, writing, thinking about writing, watching films often deemed ‘arthouse’ and going to concerts.

Matt builds relationships with his quality counterparts at our recognised centres, our bank of EQAs and quality departments at other awarding organisations. He helps us constantly ensure that the regulatory burden we place on our stakeholders is kept to a minimum whilst maintaining the highest standards.

What is your favourite coffee/tea preparation method?
Teabag; 2 sugars; water, with copious room left for milk; copious milk. I wager that most people would consider the last step of that method the antithesis of how to properly prepare tea.

When you were in primary school, what did you want to be when you were older? 
My life, at that point, consisted of wanting to get home to watch SpongeBob, with my umpteenth run through The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Banjo-Kazooie on Nintendo 64. I am going to hijack the question: aspirations did not properly occur to me until my first year of university, at which point I wanted to be a teacher of English as a foreign language for a couple of years before pursuing becoming a professor of English Literature.

Reveal a secret about yourself that nobody in the office would know.
A good deal of my thought processes occur through Peep Show quotes.

If you could be an animal, what would you be and why?
A dog. Life seems unbearably exciting for dogs.

Which one CD could you have on repeat and never get tired of?
Skeleton Tree by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds. I am yet to encounter, in any other medium, such a particular evocation of moods and images, though I do wonder if listening to it ad infinitum would neutralise its intensity.

Which three celebrities would you bring to a dinner party?
Nick Cave is the closest I can come to naming a celebrity. Do writers count, deceased or otherwise? If so, I would add Maurice Blanchot and Edmond Jabes. They knew each other, though, and were French, so I imagine Nick Cave and I would feel left out.

You just got a free plane ticket to anywhere. You have to depart right now. Where are you going to go?
Amsterdam – a short flight to somewhere that I love.

You discover a beautiful island upon which you may build your own society. You make the rules. What is the first rule you put into place?
There must be a weekly literary meeting. It should be somewhere between a literary appreciation hour and a university seminar.