Dr Mary Davis

  • Mary Davis

    Senior Lecturer, Pre-Master’s

    marydavis@brookes.ac.uk
    +44 (0) 1865 484357
    Brookes Teaching Excellence Fellow
    Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy
    BA (Hons) in French and German with Dutch, Southampton
    RSA Cert (TEFLA), RSA Dip (TEFLA)
    MA in TESOL, IOE, University of London
    PhD in Education at IOE, University of London

  • I manage the Pre-Master’s Diploma, Pre-Master’s Certificate: English language and study skills, Pre-Master’s Certificate: Study Skills and the Two Year Master’s programmes, which prepare students for postgraduate degrees at Brookes through a focus on study skills and English for Academic Purposes.

  • I joined Oxford Brookes in 2002 after spending about 15 years teaching overseas in Germany, France, Spain, Sri Lanka, Japan and Uruguay. I am an active researcher, in particular of source use and plagiarism, and have been interviewed by the Times Higher Education and Plagiarismadvice.org on this subject.
    I teach on the Pre-Master’s programme; most of my teaching and module leadership is focused on academic writing, including preparation for longer postgraduate writing tasks with the extended writing project and the independent study module. I am also module leader for the seminar skills modules on the programme which are focused on the development of academic listening and speaking skills.
    My research interests focus on academic writing, specifically source use and plagiarism. I recently completed my PhD in Education at IOE, University of London in the development of source use by international postgraduate students. I have also been involved in a long-term research collaboration with Dr John Morley, the creator of Academic Phrasebank at the University of Manchester. We are researching the role and use of formulaic phrases in academic literacy and their relationship with plagiarism.

    Davis, M. and Morley, J. (2018 forthcoming). How much can you copy? Chapter invited for ‘Essays on Plagiarism’, Eds. Pecorari, D. and Shaw, P. in series Research in Higher Education, Abingdon: Routledge.

    Davis, M. (2018 forthcoming). ‘If you don’t write yourself, on what grounds can you offer advice about writing to others?’ Perspectives on the importance of publishing by teachers of academic writing’. Article submitted to the Journal of Academic Writing, based on paper presented at ‘Academic writing now: policy, pedagogy and practice’, EATAW Conference, Royal Holloway, 20-22 June, 2017.

    Williams, K. and Davis, M. (2017). Referencing & Understanding Plagiarism. 2nd Edition. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. https://he.palgrave.com/page/detail/referencing-and-understanding-plagiarism-/?sf1=barcode&st1=9781137530714&loc=uk

    Davis, M. (2015). Can EAP meet the needs of international students with source use? International Student Experience Journal, 3(2). Available at http://isejournal.weebly.com/uploads/1/6/3/1/16311372/isej_035.02.15_m.davis.pdf

    Davis, M. and Morley, J. (2015). Phrasal intertextuality: the responses of academics from different disciplines to students’ re-use of phrases from sources in their writing. Journal of Second Language Writing, 28, 20-35. Available at  http://authors.elsevier.com/a/1QeZF3n6UYN~4D

    Davis, M. (2013). The development of source use in international postgraduate writing. Journal of English for Academic Purposes: Special Issue on Source Use in L2 Academic Writing, 12(2) 125-135. Available at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1475158512000823

    Davis, M. and Morley, J. (2013). ‘Use your own words!’ Exploring the boundaries of plagiarism in re-usable phrases’. EAP within the Higher Education garden: Cross pollination between disciplines, departments and research BALEAP 2011 Conference Proceedings, Portsmouth, (April 10-12, 2011), 85-94

    Davis, M. (2012). International postgraduate students’ experiences of plagiarism education in the UK: student, tutor and expert perspectives. International Journal of Educational Integrity, 8(2), 21-33. Available at http://www.ojs.unisa.edu.au/index.php/IJEI/article/view/807/601

    Davis, M. and Morley, J. (2011). The role of reusable phrases in postgraduate writing: multidimensional perspectives. BALEAP 2009 Conference Proceedings ‘English for Specific Purposes’. Reading: Garnet

    Davis, M. (2011) Plagiarism quiz for Bailey, S. ‘Academic Writing: A Handbook for International Students’ 3rd Ed [Online] Available at http://cw.routledge.com/textbooks/bailey/questions.asp?unit=1

    Davis, M. (2010). A tale of two partnerships: the challenges of small-scale and large-scale research communities within English for Academic Purposes. Teaching News, Summer. Available at  https://wiki.brookes.ac.uk/display/teachingnews/A+tale+of+2+partnerships%2C+the+challenges+of+smallscale+and+largescale+research+communities+within+English+for+Academic+Purposes

    Davis, M. and Carroll, J. (2009). ‘Formative feedback within plagiarism education: is there a role for text-matching software?’ International Journal of Educational Integrity 5(2), pp.58-70. Available at:  http://www.ojs.unisa.edu.au/index.php/IJEI/article/view/614

    Davis, M. (2009). ‘The role of Turnitin within the formative process of EAP: a tool for global academic culture’ in BALEAP 2007 Conference Proceedings.

    Davis, M. and Yeang, F. (2008). ‘Encouraging international and dyslexic students to develop better learning strategies for writing through the use of Turnitin’. Brookes eJournal of Learning and Teaching. November, 2 (3). Available at:
    http://bejlt.brookes.ac.uk/article/encouraging_international_and_dyslexic_students_to_develop_better_learning/

    Davis, M. (2008). ‘Creating Learning and Unlearning Opportunities from Turnitin in the Process of Academic Writing’ in Designing for Learning: e-learning@greenwich/conference 2007 Post-Conference Reflections and Abstracts, London: University of Greenwich pp.41-46. 

    Davis, M. (2007). ‘The role of Turnitin within the formative process of academic writing: a tool for learning and unlearning’. Brookes eJournal of Learning and Teaching. October, 2 (2) Available at: http://bejlt.brookes.ac.uk/article/the_role_of_turnitin_within_the_formative_process_of_academic_writing/

    Davis, M. (2006). ‘Group dynamics in the e-learning context: online or off track?’ East Asian Learner  May, 2 (2). 

    Morley, J. and Davis, M. (2018). How can Academic Phrasebank be used as a teaching resource? Workshop given at ALDinHE Conference, 26-28 March, University of Leicester. 

    Morley, J. and Davis, M. (2017). How can Academic Phrasebank be used in the classroom? Workshop as invited speakers for Staff Development Day, University of Birmingham, 16/8/17.

    Davis, M. (2017). ‘If you don’t write yourself, on what grounds can you offer advice about writing to others?’ Perspectives on the importance of publishing by teachers of academic writing. Paper presented at ‘Academic writing now: policy, pedagogy and practice’, EATAW Conference, Royal Holloway, 20-22 June.

    Davis, M. and Saunders, P. (2017). Raising disciplinary awareness: a cross-departmental PETAL project. Paper presented at ‘Working together’, the Brookes Learning and Teaching Conference, 14 June.

    Davis, M. (2017). ‘Working together’, the Brookes Learning and Teaching Conference, 14 June, conference co-chair.

    Davis, M. (2017). Publishing research in EAP: the perspectives of EAP practitioners, heads of departments and journal editors. Paper presented at ‘Addressing the state of the union: Working together = learning together’, BALEAP Conference, Bristol, 7-9 April.

    Davis, M. and Morley, J. (2017). Launch, toolkit, lifesaver: the use of metaphors by students and staff to conceptualise the role of formulaic phrases. Paper presented at ‘Addressing the state of the union: Working together = learning together’, BALEAP Conference, Bristol, 7-9 April.

    Davis, M. (2016). Checking the integrity of student work. Paper presented at ‘Contract cheating’ London and South East ALDinHE Regional Event, University of Reading, 22/7/2016.

    Davis, M., Kim, T. and Sharifi, A. (2016). How do we support an independent learning space? Experiences of staff and students on an Independent Study module. Paper presented at ‘Learning on the edge’ Brookes Learning and Teaching Conference, Oxford Brookes University, 4/7/16.

    Butler, J. and Davis, M. (2016). Between a rock and a hard place: Shifting pop students from internet-based fans to critical researching. Paper presented at ‘Learning on the edge’ Brookes Learning and Teaching Conference, Oxford Brookes University, 4/7/16.

    Witney, D. and Davis, M. (2015). Pathways to academic integrity in postgraduate programmes. 2 November, Minerva session, Oxford Brookes University.

    Davis, M. (2015). How can we respond to the needs of international students in UK HE? Paper presented as invited speaker at Teaching and Learning Away Day, School of Events, Tourism and Hospitality, Leeds Beckett University, 14/7/15.

    Davis, M. (2015). ‘International postgraduate students and academic integrity: challenges and strategies to support’ in symposium: ‘Current challenges to assessment from the field of academic integrity: paid third parties, international students and institutional policy’ with Newton, P. and Glendinning, I. Assessment in Higher Education, Birmingham, 24-26 June.

    Witney, D. and Davis, M. (2015). Pathways to academic integrity in postgraduate programmes. 18 June, Faculty of Business Staff Development Week, Oxford Brookes University.

    Davis, M. (2015). Can EAP meet the needs of international students with source use at Master’s level? ‘EAP in a rapidly changing landscape: issues, challenges and solutions’. BALEAP Conference, Leicester, 17-19 April, 2015.

    Davis, M. (2015). Writing with sources: what can be copied? ‘EAP in a rapidly changing landscape: issues, challenges and solutions’. Pre-Conference Event on Plagiarism, BALEAP Conference, Leicester, 17-19 April, 2015.

    Morley, J. and Davis, M. (2015). How can a compendium of formulaic phrases assist academic writers? ‘EAP in a rapidly changing landscape: issues, challenges and solutions’. BALEAP Conference, Leicester, 17-19 April, 2015.

    Davis, M., Cerda, C., Elarbed, A., Kravets, H. and Ng, M. (2014). Learning in the Moodle space: the experiences of international students in online group discussions. Oxford Brookes University: Brookes Learning and Teaching Conference, 1/4/2014.

    Davis, M. (2013). ‘Feedback in EAP’  BALEAP Professional Issues Meeting, Main organiser 23/11/13, Oxford Brookes University.

    Davis, M. (2013). How do you define plagiarism? Policies, perspectives and polemics. Plenary presentation as invited speaker, Study Group Teachers’ Conference, Brighton (15/11/13).

    Davis, M. (2013). Peer review with students from the Middle East. Workshop as invited speaker, Study Group Teachers’ Conference, Brighton (15/11/13).

    Davis, M. and Morley, J. (2013). Phrase level intertextuality: the views of tutors from different disciplines. The Janus moment in EAP, BALEAP Conference, Nottingham, 19-21/4/13.

    Davis, M., Albaqami, R., Tang, L. and Itwi, T. (2013). Peer review at the formative stage of  writing. Paper presented at Student engagement: what does it mean? What does it look like? Brookes Learning and Teaching Conference (27/3/13).

    Davis, M. (2012). ‘Using Turnitin formatively’ (Workshop as invited speaker). University of Essex (October 21, 2012)

    Davis, M. (2012). ‘International postgraduate students’ experiences of plagiarism education in the UK: student, tutor and expert perspectives’. 5th Biennial Plagiarism Conference, Newcastle (16-18 July) (Presentation and paper in conference proceedings).

    Davis, M. and Morley, J. (2012) ‘Use your own words!’ Exploring the boundaries of plagiarism in re-usable phrases’. Poster presentation. 5th Biennial Plagiarism Conference, Newcastle (16-18 July).

    Davis, M. (2012). ‘Ripples on a pond: engaging students through their responses to formative feedback’. Oxford Brookes Teaching and Learning Conference (26 June).

    Davis, M. (2012). ‘Tracking the development of source use’. BALEAP PIM on Tracking, University of Kent at Canterbury (25 February).

    Davis, M. (2011). ‘Academic literacy:  tutor perceptions of the word-based boundaries of plagiarism’. (Poster and Interactive Session) at Brookes Learning and Teaching Conference Engaging learning through graduate attributes: staff and student perspectives (June 29, 2011)

    Davis, M. (2011). ‘Differing perceptions of international postgraduate students and tutors regarding plagiarism policies and practice’. (Workshop) ASKe Oxford Brookes University, The 5th One-Day Event on Institutional Policies and Procedures for Managing Student Plagiarism (June 9, 2011)

    BALEAP Tracking group (2011). ‘BALEAP Tracking Studies Working Party: Current Work and Future Directions’ (Joint presentation) EAP within the Higher Education garden: Cross pollination between disciplines, departments and research, BALEAP Conference Portsmouth (April 10-12, 2011)

    Davis, M. and Morley, J. (2011). ‘Use your own words: Exploring the boundaries of plagiarism’ (Joint presentation) EAP within the Higher Education garden: Cross pollination between disciplines, departments and research BALEAP Conference Portsmouth (April 10-12, 2011) 

    Davis, M. (2011). ‘The role of EAP in plagiarism education at postgraduate level’ (Presentation) EAP within the Higher Education garden: Cross pollination between disciplines, departments and research BALEAP Conference Portsmouth (April 10-12, 2011) 

    Davis, M. (2011). ‘Lecturers in HE are unable to relate to the writing context of present-day, digitally literate, multilingual students’. IOE Languages in Education Research Seminar (October 15, 2010)

    Davis, M. (2011). ‘Exploring plagiarism education’. IOE  MA TESOL Guest Lecture (October 13, 2010)

    Davis, M. (2010). ‘Tracking the development of plagiarism education through postgraduate preparation and study: the experience of international students in UK HE’. Paper presented at Sustainable Writing Development: Approaches and Challenges, Writing Development in Higher Education, London Metropolitan University, 28-30 June.

    Davis, M. and Morley, J. (2010). ‘Re-using words is not plagiarism: establishing the role of recurrent academic phrases in postgraduate writing’. Paper presented at Sustainable Writing Development: Approaches and Challenges, Writing Development in Higher Education, London Metropolitan University, 28-30 June.

    Davis, M. (2010). ‘A tale of 2 partnerships: the challenges of small-scale and large-scale research communities within English for Academic Purposes. Paper presented at Building networks, partnerships and communities, Brookes Learning and Teaching Conference, 25 June.

    Davis, M. (2010). ‘Academic Phrasebank’. Poster and interactive session, presented at Building networks, partnerships and communities, Brookes Learning and Teaching Conference, 25 June.

    Davis, M. (2010). ‘Exploring the stages of development of source use as part of plagiarism education in international postgraduate writing’. Paper presented at the Institute of Education Doctoral Conference, 18 June.

    Davis, M. and Morley, J. (2009). ‘Phraseological recycling in academic writing’. Paper presented at The roles of writing development in higher education and beyond, European Association of Teachers of Academic Writing, Coventry University, 30 June-2 July. 

    Davis, M. (2009). ‘Helping students to think: the role of re-usable phrases in written assignments’. Paper presented at Moving Forward Together, the Brookes Student Learning Experience conference, 3 April. 

    Davis, M. and Morley, J. (2008). ‘Creating a space for recycling recurrent word combinations in non-native academic writing’. Paper presented at Times and Spaces for Writing, Writing Development in Higher Education Conference (Write Now CETL) University of Strathclyde 25-27 June. 

    Davis, M. (2008). ‘The ethics involved in researching one’s own students’. Paper presented at the Doctoral School Summer Conference, Institute of Education, 19 June.

    Davis, M. (2008). ‘Using Turnitin formatively to teach academic writing skills’. Workshop given at the ASKe Second Meeting on Institutional Policies and Procedures for Dealing with Plagiarism, 20 May. 

    Davis, M. and Yeang, F. (2008). ‘Encouraging international and dyslexic students to develop more learning strategies for writing’. Paper presented at Enhancing Student Engagement the Brookes Student Learning Experience Conference, 14 May.  

    Davis, M., Emerson, L. and Carroll, J. (2007). ‘The use of electronic detection systems for learners. Is there a pedagogic argument or are we just teaching them to cheat?’ Paper presented at 12th biennial conference for Research on Learning and Instruction, European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction in Budapest, 28 August-1 September.

    Davis, M. (2007). ‘Creating learning and unlearning opportunities from Turnitin in the process of academic writing’. Paper presented at Designing for learning E-Learning Conference at University of Greenwich, 4 July. 

    Davis, M. (2007). ‘The role of Turnitin within the formative process of academic writing: a tool for learning and unlearning’. Paper presented at Responding to what students tell us, the Brookes Student Learning Experience Conference, 13 May.

    Davis, M. (2007). ‘The role of Turnitin within the formative process of EAP: a tool for global academic culture’. Paper presented at EAP in a globalising world: English as an academic lingua franca, BALEAP conference at the University of Durham, 16-18 April.

    Davis, M. (2006). ‘Group dynamics in the e-learning context: online or off-track?’ Paper presented at the BALEAP PIM on the East Asian Learner at the University of Winchester, 25 February.

     

    External examiner for the Pre-Master’s Diploma for International Students, Royal Holloway University of London, 2017-2021.

    External examiner for the Pre-sessional programme, University of Surrey, 2016-2020

    I have held external examiner posts at the University of Essex 2009-2013 (Graduate Diploma and Study Abroad) and the University of Hertfordshire 2013-2014 (Pre-Master’s). I participate in BALEAP events and organised a BALEAP Professional Issues Meeting on ‘Feedback’ at Oxford Brookes in 2013.

    Spanish, German, French, and basic Japanese and Dutch.