Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics

Graduate Profiles

Graduates from English enter an extremely wide range of occupations. These include advertising and marketing, publishing, public relations, secondary teaching and corporate roles such as human resource management which utilise their excellent communication skills.

Our applicants are among the best in the country, and employers expect the best from our graduates.

Below, you can find out what kind of career paths some of our CRAL graduates have chosen.

Life after Postgraduate study 

Dr Magdalena Kubanyiova


Since gaining her PhD in 2007, Maggie has worked in the School of Education at the University of Birmingham where she is now Senior Lecturer in Educational Linguistics. Her PhD thesis was highly commended for the Christopher Brumfit Award in 2009, and she received the University of Birmingham’s Teaching Excellence award in 2009. She has published widely on topics of second language learning, language teacher development, and research ethics and her recent book Motivating learners, motivating teachers (CUP, co-written with Zoltan Dornyei) was highly commended for the HRH Duke of Edinburgh award.

Nottingham has a vibrant research culture, with frequent talks by CRAL members and other high profile speakers, student-led seminars and CRAL summer schools. Staff were particularly supportive in helping me to publish and with job applications, and my personal as well as research links with CRAL remain very strong.


Dr Christiana Gregoriou


Christiana gained her PhD in 2004, upon which she obtained a full-time lectureship at the University of Leeds, where she currently teaches in the School of English. Christiana teaches a range of language related courses, while her research is focused primarily on crime writing. A two-time book award nominee, she has recently published her fourth book, an edited collection of research into cultural representations of crime and deviance.

I remember the School of English as a very enabling environment in which to undertake a PhD, with numerous reading groups and conferences organised by CRAL. Staff were particularly helpful when it came to getting published, and in enabling me to consolidate a research profile early on in my career.


Dr Dawn Knight


Dawn worked on a number of CRAL research projects while undertaking her PhD, including the ESRC funded Digital Recording for eSocial Sciences project, and the CANELC Corpus, constructed in collaboration with Cambridge University Press. She gained her PhD in 2009 and currently holds a Senior Lecturership at Cardiff University. She has presented her research at over 40 international conferences and published her first single authored monograph in 2011.

The research experience I gained through CRAL was incredibly useful in helping me to establish a research identity, and also in getting published early on in my academic career. This experience has helped in finding a full-time lecturing position, and my ongoing connections with CRAL continue to feed into my development as a researcher and academic.


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