Research

My areas of research interest cover a range of domains, particularly multimodal communication in interaction and the use of Systemic Functional Linguistics as an analytical and descriptive framework. I am also interested in the intersection of language and technology (i.e., communication in immersive environments, human-computer interaction and computer-mediated communication), language use in healthcare contexts, and pedagogic/andragogic research in the contexts of Higher and Adult Education.

I am happy to discuss opportunities for collaboration. Feel free to get in touch using my current contact details.


  • Holistic intra-operative language testing - Beyond spoken and written single word testing (Interdisciplinary, applied research with members of the Bristol Centre for Linguistics and Southmead Hospital)
  • Making the Language of Assessment Accessible (Cross-institutional research funded by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education)
  • From Utility to Social Entity (FUSE): Exploring Emotive Interaction between AI Training Bots and Health Care Professionals (Funded interdisciplinary research with Rik Lander, Prof Jun Hong, Dr Sarah Voss, Dr Gary Christopher and Phil D. Hall)
  • Language and the Architectual Design Process (Interdisciplinary research with Dr Mina Tahsiri)
  • Beyond Intangibles: The Language of Promotion in Higher Education (Funded pedagogical research with Dr Helen Mortimore)
  • Hearing Hearing Aid (Interdisciplinary project headed by Jonny Cotsen; advisory role)

Teaching

Across my roles (see the About section), I use a range of pedagogic and andragogic techniques to promote a varied, engaging and supportive learning environment. I am a strong advocate of blending social-constructivist, humanist, and cognitivist methods to allow for a range of academic and applied skills to be explored. Doing so assists me in ensuring that formative and summative assessments are used to promote a focus on 'the learning' while giving due acknowledgement of 'the exam,' rather than vice versa.

This is supplemented with innovative uses of Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) tools, including digital content authoring software (including but not limited to Articulate 360, VYond, and the Adboe CC Suite) and the full capabiities of Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs). This ensures that I can deliver digital and hybrid learning informatively, accessibly and professionally.

See below to explore the subjects, modules and courses that I have taught and developed:

  • Corpus and Computational Linguistics
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Introduction to Linguistics
  • Morphosyntax
  • Multimodal (Critical) Discourse Analysis
  • Non-verbal Communication
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Research and Statistical Methods in Linguistics
  • Sign Language Linguistics

  • English Language (between CEFR A1 and C2, including EAP)
  • French (beginner to undergraduate)
  • Spanish (beginner to A-level)
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

  • Designing Online Learning with Moodle and Articulate 360
  • Digital Photography Post-production with Adobe Photoshop
  • Higher Education Theory and Practice
  • Publishing and Editing with Adobe InDesign and Adobe Illustrator

Presentations

Select the year ranges below to see the names and locations of presentations that I have created and delivered (co-presenters and collaborators are identified where appropriate).

  • Facilitating "Designing Online Learning" Courses in Digital Training Environments (2022). Defence Academy of the United Kingdom.
  • Separated by a common language of assessment? Undertaking a linguistic analysis of assessment documentation (2021). Society for Research into Higher Education Annual Conference, Online. Co-presented with Harry West.
  • Analysing Multimodality within English Discourse (2021). English Language A-level Conference Online. Bristol: University of the West of England.
  • (Mis)matching the position of the student and the institution: An update on the Beyond Intangibles project (2020). Presentation at the Festival of Learning. Bristol.
  • Intercultural Communication: What, Where and How (2020). Staff training at UWE Frenchay and Glenside Campuses. Bristol.
  • Language and Gender in 2020 (2020). Interactive workshops presented to numerous college and Sixth Form students across the South-West UK region.

  • Schematising British Sign Language into systems of choice (2019). Interactive presentation at ACE Festival of Research. Bristol: MShed Museum.
  • Multimodal communication and the nature of contradiction (2019). Poster presentation at ACE Festival of Research. Bristol: MShed Museum.
  • The Linguistics of Speech and Sound (2019). Interactive workshop at the launch of the 'Hearing Hearing Aid' Project. Bristol: Pervasive Media Studio.
  • The Language of Online Communication and Interactions with 'Formality' (2019). Interactive workshops presented to numerous college and Sixth Form students across the South-West UK region.
  • Crossing modalities to inform theory: Contributions from sign language data (2018). Paper presentation at the 3rd Colloquium on Empirical Evidence and Theoretical Assumptions at ESFLC28. Pavia: Università di Pavia.
  • "Blinded by my man... so I shot him dead!": Multimodality and contradiction in real-life magazines (2018). English Language A-level Conference. Bristol: University of the West of England.
  • Introduction to British Sign Language (2017). Guest lecture for UWE LingSoc. Bristol: University of the West of England.
  • The MOOD system of British Sign Language (2016). Poster presentation at LinC 4th Summer School. Cardiff: Cardiff University/Prifysgol Caerdydd.
  • Schematising the rank scale of British Sign Language (2016). Paper presentation at ESFLC26. Salzburg: Universität Salzburg.
  • Combining context, language and formality in British Sign Language (2016). Poster presented at TISLR12. Melbourne: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

About

I am a Digital Learning Consultant with NHSBT, wherein I work with stakeholders to identify where digital learning solutions can be used to meet specific business needs and/or performance problems, and I collaborate with SMEs to design, build, test, launch and evaluate digital learning products and solutions. I also hold the position of Visiting Fellow at the University of the West of England, Bristol, as part of the Bristol Centre for Linguistics.

I have 15 years of teaching and training experience across educational and corporate domains, and I maintain a broad research portfolio that focuses on multimodal communication in applied contexts.

  • Ph.D - Linguistics
  • PGCert - Academic Practice in Higher Education
  • TAP.cert - Learning and Development Practitioner
  • PGCE - Secondary / Further Education: Modern Foreign Languages
  • CELTA - Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • BA (Hons) - Linguistics and French (with Japanese)

  • Visiting Fellow (Bristol Centre for Linguistics; University of the West of England, Bristol)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Scientific Committee Member of the International Systemic-Functional Congress
  • United Kingdom Linguistics Olympiad Committee Member


    2021 - 2022

    Digital Education SME
    Defence Academy of the United Kingdom (MOD)


    2017 - 2021

    Senior Lecturer, Programme Leader in Linguistics and TEL Champion
    University of the West of England, Bristol

    External Examiner in English Language, Linguistics and TESOL
    University of Bedfordshire


    2014 - 2017

    Associate Lecturer in Linguistics
    University of the West of England, Bristol

    PhD Researcher
    University of the West of England, Bristol

    English Language Teacher
    Manchester Academy of English


    2013 - 2014

    Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages
    Cabot Learning Federation, Bristol


    2008 - 2013

    Specialist / Creative
    Apple Cabot Circus (Bristol, UK) and Apple Odysseum, Montpellier (France)

Contact

For general enquiries, please contact me using hello(at)lukearudge.com

For enquiries relating to research opportunities and/or educational consultancy, please contact academic(at)lukearudge.com

I also offer proofreading services for academic assignments (from undergraduate level to doctoral level) and documents intended for publication in journals, books, etc. Please contact proof(at)lukearudge.com to discuss tasks and fees. Discounts are available for registered students.

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