I started teaching at the University of Portsmouth in September 2007. I have an AHRC-funded PhD in Applied Linguistics and am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

I teach both classroom based and distance learning students.


  • Business Communication


  • Technical Communication
  • Communication in Professional Contexts
  • Improving your Academic English for Dissertation and Final Report Writing
  • Language for Scientific Report Writing
  • Developing Effective Paragraphs for Communicating Your Ideas Clearly
  • Translation Technologies (corpus/glossary building and pre- and post-editing of machine translation)
  • Dissertation supervision

Research interests

My main research interests are in:

  • Tattoos (particularly tattooing in Japan and Japanese style tattoos outside of Japan)
  • Technical communication (both modern and historical)

I am interested in supervising PhD students in any of these areas.

I have written a book Controlling Language in Industry: Controlled Languages for Technical Documents (Palgrave Macmillan) and edited a book Current Practices and Trends in Technical and Professional Communication (ISTC Books).

I collaborate regularly with researchers in Japan, particularly from Kanto Gakuin University (関東学院大学).