CPF after lunch in whitelands

The Centre for Research in English Language and Linguistics (CRELL) was established in the Autumn of 2007 under the initial directorship of now Emerita Professor Jennifer Coates, doyen of British feminist linguistics scholarship. Since then, CRELL has become a thriving forum for researchers with theoretical insight and varying interests in the politics, dynamism, creativity and functionality of language as an organic social subject to meet, share ideas and engage in debate. Members' interests cover a broad range of specialist areas in applied linguistics, sociolinguistics/sociology of language, discursive psychology, theoretical phonology and syntax. CRELL continues to play a crucial role in the development of the emergent field of Sociology of Language and Religion (SLR), organizing its first conference in 2002 and co-organizing (with New York University Steinhardt Foundation) a follow-up in summer 2013.

CRELL's activities epitomize Roehampton's distinctive strengths in linguistic research, as recognised in the 2014 REF. Its location in the Department of Media, Culture and Language at Roehampton makes it a facilitative environment for postgraduate students (MPhil and PhD) wishing to explore the interdisciplinary possibilities such a location offers.

CRELL now incorporates the former Centre for Language Assessment Research (CLARe). CRELL also has close links with the Social Interaction Group (part of the Centre for Research in Cognition, Emotion and Interaction). CRELL’s work is  interdisciplinary, linking with related research networks within the University (such as those in Translation Studies, Film, Media Studies, Sociology, Theology, Human Rights and Education).

Centre Aims:

  • Raise the national and international profile of linguistic research at Roehampton through inviting its seminar speakers from the crop of scholars pushing the disciplinary frontiers
  • Attract high-quality international and UK research students through the promotion of Roehampton as a University with a dynamic group of experts in English Language and Linguistics
  • Encourage and facilitate interdisciplinary dialogue across the University
  • Increase and consolidate the University's links with outside institutions, in the UK and abroad, including NGOs and advocacy groups as well as higher education institutions
  • Enhance the research culture at Roehampton through the organisation of regular research seminars, study days and international conferences

For more information please contact: Professor Annabelle Mooney



The MCL research centres welcome expressions of interest in the AHRC TECHNE research studentship competition. These should be sent to MCLPhD@roehampton.ac.uk. Further information on the scheme can be found here. For informal discussions about applying to MCL in connection with this scheme, please contact the Research Degrees Convener, Dr Mark Jary.