I studied English Language and Linguistics at Lancaster University. I later returned to Lancaster to work towards my PhD in Linguistics (Research Only) under the guidance of Professor Chris Hart. Here I am a member of the Discourse and Text (DisTex), and the Language, Ideology and Power (LIP) research groups. I am a full member of the UK Cognitive Linguistics Association (UK-CLA) and the Cultural Difference and Social Solidarity Network (CDSS). I am also Editor-in-Chief and co-founder of the journal PRISM.
Teaching is a great privilege. Starting at Liverpool Hope University as an Associate Lecturer in Linguistics, I later moved to the University Centre at Blackburn College (UCBC) where I am a Lecturer in English Language. I am a module convener on both the BA (Hons) English Language and the BSc (Hons) Applied Psychology undergraduate degree programmes, both of which are validated and awarded by Lancaster University. I also actively support and supervise student-led research.
Knowledge and learning ought to be accessible to all. For this reason, I co-founded the Ragged Alliance in association with the Ragged University. Delivering free talks in the local community, the Ragged Alliance is an initiative designed to promote open access and public debate. I also deliver a free and open public course in critical language awareness each year.
PROFESSIONAL AND PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT:
Editor-in-Chief and Chair of the Editorial Board
PRISM Journal | http://www.prism-journal.blackburn.ac.uk
The Future is Now: Utopia, Dystopia, and the Crises of Tomorrow. University Centre at Blackburn College. 23rd to 25th May 2018.
A Neoliberal Nightmare: Beyond the Populist Insurgence? University Centre at Blackburn College. 10th to 12th May 2017.
Grants and Impact Projects:
Enhancing Employability Through Community Challenge. Higher Education Academy (HEA) Teaching Development Grant, 2012-2013. With Dr. Phil Johnson (UCBC) and Dr. Craig Hammond (Liverpool John Moores University).
Research and Scholarship Committee (UCBC)
Cultural Difference and Social Solidarity Network
UK Cognitive Linguistics Association
Critical Pedagogies, CERES, Liverpool John Moores University
Discourse and Text (DisTex), Lancaster University
Language, Ideology and Power (LIP), Lancaster University
Preston Linguistics Circle (PLC), UCLan
Co-Founder and Organiser, The Ragged Alliance (with the Ragged University, Edinburgh). Free and open public lectures in community spaces.
A Polar Bear’s Nose and a Flying Pig: Your Brain on Language. UCBC Humanities and Social Science Lecture Series. UCBC. 21st February 2018.
Cognitive Dynamite: Child Language Acquisition and the Developing Brain. Early Childhood Studies Symposium. UCBC. 24th November 2016