I am a Lecturer in English Language at Aston University. I work in the Department of English, Languages and Applied Linguistics (ELAL) in the School of Social Sciences and Humanities, where I am Director of our undergraduate English programmes.
I am a researcher and educator in English language and linguistics, with a specialism in corpus linguistics. I apply corpus methods to explore how English is used in a range of contexts, including casual conversation and public communications. My research harnesses the power of technology to better understand how people use language.
I am a member of the Aston Centre for Applied Linguistics (ACAL), within which I am Co-Director of the Aston Corpus Linguistics Research Group and host of the Aston Originals CorpusCast podcast.
I am a member of the British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL) Executive Committee.
I sit on the committee of the BAAL Corpus Linguistics Special Interest Group as Communications Officer.
I am a member of the IVACS Advisory Board.
I am an Associate Editor of Humanities & Social Sciences Communications and sit on the Board of Referees of Research in Corpus Linguistics.
Before joining Aston, I held research positions at the University of Leeds and Cambridge Assessment English (University of Cambridge).
I offer linguistics consultancy on a freelance basis, regularly working with non-academic partners to apply linguistic research to industry challenges. Please contact me if you are interested in working with me.
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), Advance HE, 2021
PhD Linguistics, Lancaster University, 2018
MA Language and Linguistics, Lancaster University, 2014
BA Hons Linguistics, Lancaster University, 2013
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