Dr Sharon McCulloch

Dr. Sharon McCulloch

Senior Lecturer in ESOL

School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies

Vernon Building, VB


Subject Areas: English and Linguistics, Education, Languages and International Studies

Sharon joined UCLan in 2018 and works in the Language Academy, her main research and teaching interests lie in the areas of EAP and academic literacies, especially academic writing. Sharon’s PhD examined the use of source material in L2 reading-to-write.


Investigating EAP Provision in South Asian Higher Education: Current Trends and Future Needs, 2019

Academics’ workplace writing: findings from 2 years of research

Full Profile

Before Sharon joined UCLan she worked at University College London and Lancaster University, where she taught linguistics and TESOL, and was also senior researcher associate on an ESRC-funded project investigating academics’ writing practices, alongside Dr Karin Tusting. She has also worked as an EAP lecturer and Cambridge examiner in Tokyo, and as a teacher trainer, examiner, and EFL teacher in the Czech Republic.

Her research interests lie mainly in L2 writing and academic discourse; in particular how students engage with reading, use source material in their writing, and develop their authorial voice. She is also interested in teacher cognition, professional academic writing practices and how institutional and social contexts affect writers.


Mcculloch, Sharon (2017) The importance of being REF-able: academic writing under pressure from a culture of counting. LSE Impact Blog.

Mcculloch, Sharon (2018) Hobson’s choice: the effects of research evaluation on academics’ writing practices in England. Aslib Journal of Information Management, 69 (5). pp. 503-515. ISSN 2050-3806

Tusting, Karin, Mcculloch, Sharon, Bhatt, Ibrar, Hamilton, Mary and Barton, David (2019) Academics Writing: The Dynamics of Knowledge Creation. Routledge, UK. ISBN 9780815385905

Mcculloch, Sharon, Tusting, Karin and Hamilton, Mary (2017) The role of networked learning in academics’ writing. Research in Learning Technology, 25 (1958). ISSN 2156-706

More publications


2014   PhD Linguistics, Lancaster University

2007   MA Applied Linguistics and TESOL, University of Leicester

1999   RSA DELTA

Membership of professional and learned bodies

Fellow | Higher Education Academy

British Association for Applied Linguistics

External Affiliations and Roles

Communications secretary of the BAAL special interest group Professional, Academic and Work-Based Literacies (PAWBL) See blog here