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In Formula 1, effective communication is fundamental. A study led by Dr Kieran File (supported by an Economic and Social Research Council IAA funding grant) working with Williams Racing Formula 1 team looks to understand how engineers, mechanics, team management and drivers all communicate with one another as they make decisions during the high-pressure situation of qualifying and racing events.

Dr Kieran File explains: "We see this project providing really interesting insights into how humans strategically use language to communicate under pressure. We're also looking forward to using this innovative research agenda to help the Williams Racing team find the edge in this important but often overlooked aspect of high-performance sport."

Further information regarding the project can be found here:

We are delighted to announce that the Applied Linguistics department has been ranked 3rd in The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide for Linguistics!

Jo Angouri, Director of Undergraduate Studies commented "I'm delighted with this tremendous success, it reflects the commitment, talent and enthusiasm of our learning community, students and colleagues, to co-creating an excellent, dynamic learning environment. Despite the difficult circumstances, we developed further our problem based, tutorial model which seeks to provide all our students with excellent subject knowledge and opportunities to apply theory to practice from day one to address real world problems of the 21st century. Our students are at the heart of our strong learning community and share with us in our league table success."

Additionally, the University of Warwick has been recognised as the best university in the UK for teaching quality by The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide with Warwick also recognised as runner up University of the Year.

We look forward to an exciting year ahead!

As part of the Guardian University Guide 2022, the Applied Linguistics department at Warwick alongside the School of Modern Languages and Cultures has been ranked 7th for the subject area 'Modern Languages and Linguistics':

Additionally, University of Warwick overall was also ranked 6th in UK by the Guardian University Guide.

On Sunday 19th September Chris Strelluf and Ellen Smith-Dennis will be taking part in the 'Words and Voices Roadshow: The Life Stories and Languages That Make Us Who We Are' event at the Assembly Festival Garden in Coventry.

In the Piccolo Theatre Chris Strelluf will speak about 'Coventry's Changing Accent' from 12.45pm-1.30pm.

Ellen Smith-Dennis will also speak in the Piccolo Theatre, from 1.30pm-2.15pm about 'Coventry's 120+ languages' exploring the following themes: Which languages are spoken in Coventry, where do they come from and who speaks them? How does speaking another language benefit you and your community, and how can we support this multilingualism? 

Full details of the event can be found here:

Huge congratulations to both Dr Stephanie Schnurr and Dr Daniel Dauber on winning Transforming Education Awards from Warwick Students' Union!

The Transforming Education Awards provide a space to celebrate staff members who have gone above and beyond to support their students. These awards are completely led by students - the categories and criteria were created by students with nominations from students; and the awarding decisions made by students.

Daniel Dauber won an award in 'Innovative Teaching' and Stephanie Schnurr won two awards in 'Supporting Student Wellbeing' and in 'Outstanding Feedback'.

For more information about the awards please visit and you can watch the awards ceremony online here: