Staff Profile:Dr Karin Whiteside

Dr Karin Whiteside
Job Title:
Associate Professor

I am Head of English for Academic Purposes and also do some teaching on the Academic English Programme (AEP) including research writing courses delivered in collaboration with the Graduate School, and writing workshops and sessions on the Reading Researcher Development Programme (RRDP).


I have worked in English for Academic Purposes since 2004 and before that taught EFL for ten years in South Korea, including at the British Council in Seoul. Much of my work over recent years has been in the development of programmes and materials for discipline-specific academic language and literacy development. From both a practitioner and researcher perspective, I am interested in genre, disciplinary discourses and corpus linguistic approaches. My doctoral research involved a corpus-driven discourse analysis of undergraduate writing in humanities and social sciences subjects. I am a founder member of EAP in the South-East, a member of the Steering Group for the EAP (English for Academic Purposes) strand of the Cara (Council for at risk academics) Syria Programme, and currently chair the BALEAP Doctoral Education Special Interest Group.


BA, BA Hons History & MA Applied Linguistics (Victoria University, Wellington, NZ), PhD Applied Linguistics (Warwick)

Recent Conference Papers:

'The Cara programme for Syrian academics in exile. "I've learnt I mustn't leer into the screen": Evidence from 3 years of online teaching.' (with Michael Jenkins and Maggie Charles) BALEAP 2021, Glasgow, 7th April 2021

'Core Corpus Skills for designing In-sessional ESAP Materials'. BAAL Corpus Linguistics SIG, Coventry (online), January 2021

'Writing development across an undergraduate degree: A contrastive corpus analysis of student writers' first and third year Essay texts from the disciplines of History and Politics & International Relations (PIR)' TaLC (Teaching and Language Corpora) 2020, Perpignan, France (online), July 2020

'Utilising the BAWE Genre Family Framework to redesign a discipline-specific in-sessional provision: An analysis of core module PGT Business School genres', Symposium: BAWE 10 years on, Coventry University London Campus, 8th June 2019.

'EAP for Syrian academics at risk: facilitating engagement and collaboration', BALEAP (The global forum for EAP professionals) Conference, Leeds, 12th April 2019 (co-presented with Sarah Brewer, Michael Jenkins & David Read) .

'The Cara Syria Programme: integrating the teaching of English for Academic Purposes into a programme to support exiled Syrian academics', ProLanguage Conference, Reading, 20th September 2018 (Co-presented with Sarah Brewer).

'The semantic patterning of grammatical keywords in undergraduate History and PIR (Politics & International Relations) essays: a corpus-driven investigation', Poster Presentation, Corpus Linguistics 2017, Birmingham, 26th July 2017 .

'The Pedagogic Potential of the Appraisal Framework in teaching Dissertation Writing', EAP in the South East, 9th June 2017.

'Engaging a mixed native-speaking and non-native-speaking group in the learning of written genres for Psychology', InForm (A journal for international foundation professionals) Conference 2017, Reading, 15th July 2017.

Areas of Interest:
Research groups / Centres:

Brewer, S. & Whiteside, K. 2019. The Cara Syria programme - combining teaching of English for Academic Purposes and academic and research skills development. Language Learning in Higher Education, 9, 161-172 May 2018 

Cranwell, P., Li, D., Page, E., Whiteside, K & Woodcock, A. 2021. Challenges faced by transnational education students in advanced STEM practical classes in Dippold, D. & Heron, M. 2021. Meaningful Teaching Interaction at the Internationalised University. London: Routledge 

Cranwell, P. & Whiteside, K. 2020.  Investigation into the Semantic Density and Semantic Gravity Wave Profile of Teachers When Discussing Electrophilic Aromatic Substitution (SEAr). Journalof Chemical Education, 97, 3540-3550 

Parkinson, T., Brewer, S., Camps, C., Turner, J., Jenkins, M., Whiteside, K., Zoubir, T. 2018. Supporting Syrian Academics to be Agents for Change: The role of UK universities. Educational Developments, ISSN 1469-3267.Supporting Syrian Academics to be Agents for Change: The role of UK universities.  

Whiteside, K & Wharton, S. 2019. Semantic patterning of grammatical keywords in undergraduate writing across two close disciplines. Journal of English for Academic Purposes, 39, 1-20 

Whiteside, K. 2016. A corpus-driven investigation into the semantic patterning of grammatical keywords in undergraduate History and PIR (Politics and International Relations). Unpublished PhD Thesis, University of Warwick 

Whiteside, K. & Wrigley, S. 2015. Adapting the scaffolding academic literacy pedagogy for an EAP context, in Kavanagh, M. & L. Robinson (eds), Proceedings of the 2013 BALEAP Conference  

Whiteside, K. & Hunter, D. 2010. Developing a Core Module for a Foundation Programme, Inform (A journal for international foundation professionals), Issue 6, October 2010  
Karin Whiteside

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