A former secondary school languages teacher, Terry previously worked at the Universities of Nottingham and Sheffield, before joining the University of Westminster as Professor of Languages and Interdisciplinary Pedagogy. He is based in the Centre for Education and Teaching Innovation (which he established and directed) and the School of Humanities, leading on both educational research and migration research, as well as research ethics, across the university. He has published extensively in the areas of multilingualism and learner and teacher autonomy and is founder editor of the academic journal Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching. Terry has worked closely on languages strategy and curriculum with the UK and other Governments (Australia, Czech Republic, France and Malaysia) and has been awarded the honour of Chevalier des Palmes Académiques by the French Prime Minister. He is President of FIPLV (Fédération Internationale des Professeurs de Langues Vivantes), an NGO of both UNESCO and the Council of Europe.