Accepting Doctoral Students

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Willing to supervise doctoral students

I am willing to take on PhD students working in the area of:

  • Digital communication - emerging discourse between humans and artificial intelligence/robots
  • Workplace communication - globalisation, language in the workplace, offshore outsourcing and interpersonal meaning
  • Language and Education - disciplinary literacy and the explicit teaching of language for curriculum learning
  • Pedagogy - genre based pedagogy and educational theory
  • Language analysis- discourse analysis & systemic functional linguistics

Research interests

Gail has carried out research and published in the areas of written, spoken and digital workplace communication, systemic functional linguistics, discourse analysis, language education and teaching development. She is currently involved in research related to classroom discourse, disciplinary literacy, pedagogy, the explicit teaching of language for curriculum learning and digital global workplace communication focusing on the role of language in this emerging field.

Teaching interests

Before joining Bath University, Gail taught in Hong Kong, Japan, Australia, Hungary, and the UK. In Hong Kong, Gail worked at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), where she was Associate Head of the Department, Programme Leader for the Master of Arts in English Language Teaching and the Doctor of Applied Language Sciences. During her time at PolyU, Gail received the Faculty Award for Teaching 2013, the President’s Award for Teaching 2014 and the Hong Kong University Teacher of the Year Award 2015, the Faculty's Service Award 2017, and the PolyU's Knowledge Transfer Award 2017. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification




PhD Applied Linguistics

Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy

External positions

External Examiner, Cardiff University

2022 → …

External Examiner, British University of Dubai

31 Dec 202030 Nov 2030


  • Education, digital communication between humans and AI, language and literacy, language teacher education, action research, systemic functional linguistics, discourse analysis, critical discourse analysis, English for academic purposes, globalisation and education, English medium instruction and communication in the workplace.


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