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Dr Neil Murray

Job Title
Associate Professor
Centre for Applied Linguistics
+44 (0)24765-24179
Research Interests

My research interests include issues of policy and practice relating to English language and academic literacy in English-medium higher education institutions, and in particular the embedding of academic literacies, the benefits and challenges of post-enrolment English language assessment, and the intersection of English language and academic literacy provision and the widening participation agenda. I am also interested in academic writing and in pragmatics ? especially within the context of global Englishes and in terms of the application of pragmatic research/theory to language teaching materials development. I am interested in the issue of widening participation more generally and am currently involved in an Australian Learning and Teaching Council grant project on attrition among non-traditional students who enter higher education.


I am an applied linguist and have been involved in language teaching and learning for 30 years in Italy, Japan, Australia and the UK. I cut my teeth as a teacher in Italy, after which I spent 9 years in Japan, working initially at a private University and later an American University (Temple University Japan), where I served as Assistant Director of its English language programme, with responsibility for the Osaka campus. Following my return to the UK to undertake research, I obtained my MPhil from Cambridge in 1992 and my PhD in 1996, under the supervision of Henry Widdowson. I then worked at King's College London for 11 years as Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics (teaching on the MA in ELT & Applied Linguistics and the BA in Language and Communication) and Programme Director of the English Language Centre. I moved to the University of South Australia in 2008, where I spent four and a half years, much of which was devoted to conceptualising and taking carriage of a new model of post-enrolment English language assessment and provision and, latterly, as Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics and Head of Language and Literacy, building a new team responsible for its implementation. I joined the Centre for Applied Linguistics here at Warwick in July 2012.

  • Murray, Neil, 2011. Access and success : some key questions concerning language proficiency and enabling education. 1st International Australasian Conference on Enabling Access to Higher Education, Adelaide ; S. Aust., 5-7 Dec 2011, Published in Proceedings of the 1st International Australasian Conference On Enabling Access To Higher Education 2011 5-7 December 2011, Adelaide, Australia
  • Murray, Neil, 2010. A deductive approach to improving language learners pragmatic competence. International TESOL Conference on ?Innovations in Language Teaching and Learning, Ho Chi Minh City, 23-24 Sep 2010, Published in Proceedings of the First International Conference on English Language Teaching, SEAMEO Regional Training Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 23th-24th September 2010
  • Murray, Neil, Klinger, Christopher M., 2010. Enabling education : adding value in an enterprise culture. The 19th EAN Annual Conference : From Access to Success: Closing the Knowledge Divide (Higher education for under-represented groups in the market economy), Södertörn University, Stockholm, Sweden, 14-16 Jun 2010, Published in From Access to Success: Closing the Knowledge Divide, pp. 118-128
  • Murray, Neil, 2009. Conceptualising the English language needs of first year university students. 13th Pacific Rim First Year in Higher Education, Adelaide ; S. Aust., 30 Jun - 2 July 2008, Published in 13th Pacific Rim First Year in Higher Education : conference proceedings 2010 : aspiration, access, achieivement
  • Klinger, Christopher M., Murray, Neil, 2009. Enabling education : adding value and transforming lives. 3rd National Conference for Enabling Educators, Queensland, Australia, 25-27 Nov 2009, Published in Enabling pathways proceedings of the 3rd national conference for enabling educators
  • Murray, Neil, 2008. Re-thinking pragmatics for the classroom : promoting a deductive approach. 34th JALT International Conference, Tokyo, 31 Oct- 3 Nov 2008, Published in JALT 2008 : Shared Identities: Our Interweaving Threads Conference Proceedings
Title Funder Award start Award end
China course research Mr Liu Sing Cheong 01 Aug 2019 31 Jul 2022
How are IELTS scores set and used for university admissions selection: A cross-institutional case study British Council 01 Feb 2019 30 Jan 2020