Sharon is course leader of UCLan's pre-sessional and study overseas programmes, and she runs the school's early career researchers' support group. Her main research and teaching interests lie in the areas of English for academic purposes and academic literacies, as well as writing and publishing by professional academics. She supervises postgraduate projects in the areas of teaching English as a foreign language, teacher development and English as a second language.
Sharon has published in the field of teaching English as a second language, especially English for academic purposes, including articles on plagiarism and students' use source materials in writing. Another strand of research concerns higher education and the ways in which academics' research writing is shaped by the socio-political contexts in which they work.
Sharon worked as an English teacher, examiner and teacher trainer in Central Europe and Japan for many years and before joining UCLan. She has also worked as a senior teaching fellow in applied linguistics and TESOL at University College London and in various roles as a learning developer, EAP coordinator and senior research associate at Lancaster University,
- PhD Linguistics, Lancaster University, 2014
- MA Applied Linguistics, University of Leicester, 2007
- RSA Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, 1997
- Academic literacies
- English for academic purposes
- Academic writing
- Higher Education
- Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (Advance HE)
- Member of British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL)
- Member of British Association of Lecturers in English for Academic Purposes (BALEAP)