School of English and Modern Languages

  • Research: Language and Discourse
  • Language and Discourse

    The Oxford Brookes Language and Discourse interdisciplinary group has a specific focus on the relation between forms discourse, ideology and society.

    Our interests range from the production, interpretation and comprehension of discourse; to its mediation through materials, media and technologies; to the role it plays in social issues of gender, class, race, identity, politics, culture, literacy, and beyond.

  • Academic staff with related research interests

    Dr Andrea Macrae

    Principal Lecturer in Student Experience and Stylistics

    School of English and Modern Languages

    Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Dr Andrea Macrae

    Phone number: +44 (0)1865 484308


    Location: Headington Campus, Tonge Block,T405

    My research, consultancy, teaching and pedagogical projects all have communication and storytelling at their core. 

    I teach, research and publish in the areas of stylistics, narratology, world literature and cognitive poetics, with a specialism in deixis and deictic shifting. I also teach performance poetry, flash fiction, short stories and twentieth and twenty-first century literature more broadly.

    I also research the language of charity fundraising communications, with a focus on attention, absorption, authenticity and trust. I am currently writing a research monograph on these areas and working on some related empirical projects. 

    I am also interested in student skills literacy, employability and enterprise within HE English, and run several projects on these issues. For example, I lead the Oxford Brookes Student Research Launch Pad, a university-wide project which supports undergraduate and post-graduate taught students in sharing and publishing their research. With Dr. Shirley Shipman I co-run the Humanities and Social Sciences Assessment and Skills project, which supports staff in developing assessment formats and related teaching, to help enhance students' skills development and skills literacy. I am also working on an Enterprise in English project, and an English employability strategy.  

    I also co-lead the Integrating English project (, promoting stylistics and its place in English education. I have worked with the AQA in developing aspects of the Language and Literature A level specification and in producing teaching and learning resources for teachers and students. 

  • Postgraduate research students