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Dr Helen Ringrow

  • Qualifications: BA Joint Honours in English and French (Queen’s University Belfast), MA in English Language and Linguistics (Queen’s University Belfast), PhD in Linguistics (Queen’s University Belfast), Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer in Communication Studies and Applied Linguistics
  • Address: Park Building, King Henry 1 Street, Portsmouth PO1 2DZ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 6059
  • Email: helen.ringrow@port.ac.uk
  • Department: School of Languages and Area Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


I have a PhD from Queen’s University Belfast, where I also contributed to teaching on language, power and ideology. My doctoral research focused on how ideals about femininity and the female body are constructed in French and English cosmetics advertisements. I joined the University of Portsmouth in September 2014 and I teach on a wide range of applied linguistics, communication studies and English language units at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. I am currently researching the language used to describe motherhood in religious online communities. 

I am a member of the Poetics and Linguistics Association (PALA).  

I am the Equalities Officer for UCU Portsmouth.

Teaching Responsibilities

I team teach on the following units:

  • Analysing Discourse (MA)
  • Intercultural Communication (MA) (Unit Coordinator)
  • Theory and Practice of Communication  (MA)
  • Intercultural Perspectives on Communication (BA)  (Unit Coordinator)
  • Communication Theory (BA)


My research so far has focused on cosmetics advertising discourse across cultures. More generally, I am interested in the relationship between language, gender and identity in the media, both in terms of branding and marketing discourse and in social media platforms such as blogging.

Research clusters

  • Language Across Borders

Research profile

Explore my research profile, publications and activities on the Portsmouth Research Portal

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