Staff Profiles

Dr Andrea Macrae

Principal Lecturer in Student Experience

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. Most recently, I have been developing modules which bring together literature and sustainability, and English studies and entrepreneurship.

I also research the language of charity fundraising communications, with a focus on attention, absorption, empathy and authenticity. 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, from 2017-2021 I led 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 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.