About the research team

David Beauchamp has a background in linguistic research and language education. He holds an MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of Birmingham, and prior to taking up his PRG position at Coventry University, worked in research, publishing and administration in Cambridge Assessment’s Research Division. His academic interests include corpus linguistics, discourse analysis, semiotics, accessibility and education.

— Coventry University

Sheena Gardner is Professor of Applied Linguistics and member of the School of Humanities and Research Centre for Arts, Memory and Communities at Coventry University. Her research integrates functional, ethnographic, corpus and genre-based approaches to investigate the nature and use of English. Before initiating the Communicating COVID project, she conducted extensive research related to the English registers and genres in Higher Education. She is co-author of Genres across the Disciplines: Student writing in higher education with Hilary Nesi (Cambridge, 2012), and co-editor of Multilingualism, Discourse and Ethnography with Marilyn Martin-Jones (Routledge, 2012) and Systemic Functional Linguistics in the Digital Age with Siân Alsop (Equinox, 2016).  More details on PURE: Sheena Gardner

Prior to moving into academia, I worked as an EFL and EAP teacher in Russia, China, the UK and Turkey, where I became increasingly interested in Corpus Linguistics, eventually moving to the University of Birmingham to complete my PhD, ‘Modality and the V wh’ pattern. I have been working at Coventry for over 7 years. I teach both undergraduate and postgraduate modules on corpus linguistics and discourse analysis. I also co-supervise three PhD students who are working in the area of Corpus Linguistics approaches to student EAP genres. My main research investigates applications of and approaches to Corpus Linguistics