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Plenary Speakers

Dr Prue Holmes, University of Durham

Professor and Director of Postgraduate Research in the School of Education, Durham University. I publish and supervise postgraduate students in the areas of intercultural and international education, and languages and intercultural communication. I have taught English language education and intercultural communication in higher education in Italy, China, Hong Kong, and New Zealand. I am co-investigator on the Erasmus+ project “Resources for Interculturality in Chinese Higher Education” (RICH-Ed), and was PI of the AHRC-funded project “Researching Multilingually” (AH/J0050037/1),and co-investigator on the large grant project “Researching multilingually at the borders of language, the body, law and the state” (AH/L006936/1) ( I chair the International Association of Languages and Intercultural Communication                                                                     (IALIC) and co-edits the Multilingual Matters book series Researching Multilingually.




Professor Tony Liddicoat, University of Warwick

Anthony J. Liddicoat

My educational background is in descriptive and applied linguistics and I completed my PhD in Norman French dialects in the Department of French at the University of Melbourne. Since then the focus of my work has mainly been in applied linguistics. Before coming to the University of Warwick in 2016, I worked at a number of universities in Australia teaching in both linguistics and applied linguistics. In 1999, I was one of the founding editors of the journal Current Issues in Language Planning, and since 2014 I have been the Executive Editor.


Dr John Gray, UCL Institute of Education

John Gray


I am Reader in Languages in Education in the UCL Centre for Applied Linguistics. I have a first degree in English from Trinity College, Dublin and a Master’s degree and a PhD from the Institute of Education, London. My background is in English language teaching and English language teacher education. I worked in Spain from 1984-1998, before moving into higher education.