P. Thompson University of Birmingham

P. Thompson University of Birmingham

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Photograph of Dr Paul Thompson by Rory BucklandDr Paul Thompson PhD

Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics
Senior Lecturer
Deputy Director, Centre for Corpus Research
Departmental Director of Postgraduate Research Studies

Contact details

+44 (0)121 414 5688
Personal email
Room G13, 3 Elms Road
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

I have been at the University of Birmingham since September 2009, and I am the Deputy Director of the Centre for Corpus Research. I am a corpus linguist with particular interest in specialised discourses, and I have a background in ELT and EAP.

The project blog page for my ESRC funded project ‘Investigating Interdisciplinary Research Discourse’ (2013-2015) is: http://idrd-bham.info/idrd/


  • PhD in Applied Linguistics, Reading
  • MA in TEFL, Reading
  • PGCE, York
  • BA in English & Related Literature, York


I took up the post of Director of the Centre for Corpus Research at Birmingham in September 2009, after working for thirteen years as a lecturer in EAP/Applied Linguistics at the University of Reading. I had taught in Kenya (one year) and Japan (fourteen years) before moving to Reading in 1996 to do doctoral research.


I convene the BA module: ‘Language for Literature’.

I also co-teach the MA module, ‘Corpus Assisted Language Learning’ which runs in the Spring Semester.

Other activities

  • Co-Editor of the Journal of English for Academic Purposes.
  • Member, ESRC Peer Review College


I have given talks at conferences and research meetings in more than twenty countries. In August I gave an invited keynote address at the

University roles

Depratmental Director of Postgraduate Research Studies (and admissions tutor).

Diary 2016

  • 7-8 April: Swansea, attending first meeting of the ‘Cross Pollination: Re-valuing Pollinators through Arts & Science Collaboration’ AHRC network project
  • 10-17 April: Florianopolis, Brazil, as workshop leader, Newton Fund project
  • 6 May: Speaker at BAAL Corpus Linguistics Event, Aston University
  • 20-22 May: Kensington, London for Elsevier Editor’s Conference
  • 20-24 June: Centre for Corpus Research Summer School
  • 27 June: University of Hertfordshire, seminar on use of corpus-based methods to enhance higher education research
  • 29 June: State strategies for leveraging sports mega-events conference, Univeristy of Birmingham
  • 6-20 July: annual leave
  • 17-23 August: Invited keynote speaker, the 8th International Conference on ESP in Asia, Tokyo
  • 18 to 26 September: Jiaotong University, Shanghai (talk) and Taiyuan, invited speaker, 10th International Symposium on ‘Teaching and Researching EFL Writing in China’, Taiyuan
  • 28 October to 3 November: Charles University, Prague, visiting speaker
  • 9 December, Stirling, invited talk at British Academy event on ‘Quantitative language research: Exploring the potential of corpus linguistics in education”’
  • 15-16 December, Florence, leading workshops on applications of technology in language teaching