About Robbie

I am a Lecturer in English Language at Aston University, UK. I am a corpus-based applied linguist, having received my training in corpus linguistics from Lancaster University, culminating in the award of my PhD in Linguistics in 2018. My research interests include:

  • spoken English – lexis, grammar, discourse, change
  • corpus linguistics
  • corpus design and construction
  • language research for English Language Teaching
  • language in the public domain, e.g. news media, official communications
  • language in mainstream education

I have published papers and given talks at conferences on these topics. My research also informs my teaching, which covers a range of topics in English Language and Linguistics. I also hold the following academic roles:


  • Convenor, Aston Corpus Linguistics Research Group, Aston University (2021-)
  • Communications Officer, BAAL Corpus Linguistics Special Interest Group (2021-)
  • Staff representative of the College of Business and Social Sciences on the University Senate, Aston University (2020-)
  • Exams representative and Academic Offences officer for the Department of English, Aston University (2020-)
  • Marketing and outreach coordinator for the Department of English, Aston University (2020-)
  • Fixed-term staff representative on the Research and Innovation committee at the School of Education, University of Leeds (2018-2020)

Staff awards

  • 2021: Aston University Achievement Award for Best Newcomer (nominee; pending result)
  • 2021: Aston University College of Business and Social Sciences Staff Award for Best Newcomer (winner)
  • 2021: Aston Students’ Union Academic Award for Teaching – Engagement (nominee)
  • 2021: Aston Students’ Union Academic Award for Online Learning (nominee)

Editorial positions

Peer Reviewing

  • I am a Peer Reviewer for the Languages, Texts and Society Journal (University of Nottingham)
  • I am regularly invited to review submissions to journals and book series relevant to my research interests. To date, journals include: Ampersand (Elsevier), Applied Linguistics (Oxford University Press), Corpora (Edinburgh University Press), Digital Scholarship in the Humanities (Oxford University Press), Discourse and Communication (SAGE Publications), Discourse Studies (SAGE Publications), International Journal of Corpus Linguistics (John Benjamins), Journal of Corpora and Discourse Studies (Cardiff University Press), Journal of Open Humanities Data (Ubiquity Press), Language Resources and Evaluation (Springer) and Text & Talk (De Gruyter). Book series include: Studies in Corpus Linguistics (John Benjamins)
  • I have served on the scientific committee for the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) conference (2022), American Association for Corpus Linguistics (AACL) conference (2018, 2020), International Computer Archive of Modern and Medieval English (ICAME) conference (2019, 2020), International Corpus Linguistics Conference (2021) and the Inter-Varietal Applied Corpus Studies (IVACS) conference (2020)

Conference/seminar organisation


  • Aston Centre for Applied Linguistics (ACAL), Aston University (2021-)
  • UKRI Early Career Researcher Forum (2021-)
  • British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL) (2017-)
  • Centre for Language Education Research (CLER), University of Leeds (2018-2020)
  • International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL) (2019-2020)

Social media

  • Since 2020 I have run the Twitter account for the Department of English, Languages and Applied Linguistics at Aston University
  • Since 2016 I have run the Twitter account for the British National Corpus 2014 project
  • From 2018-2020 I ran the Twitter account for the Centre for Language Education Research (CLER) at the University of Leeds
  • From 2014-2017 I ran the Twitter account for the journal Corpora