Professor Richard Andrews


Richard Andrews has held professorships at the Universities of Hull, York, UCL Institute of Education and the University of East Anglia. He is co-series editor with Vicki Wienand of the Cambridge School Shakespeare (Cambridge University Press) which launched in a Chinese edition in 2021 via Beijing Language and Culture University Press. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. He was, until recently, a member of the All Souls Group (Oxford) on education policy and is an associate of the Centre for Science and Policy at the University of Cambridge. Currently, he acts as external reviewer for the Chinese University of Hong Kong and was, from 2017-22, external examiner for Hong Kong University.

His latest book, Polyrhythmicity in Language, Music and Society: complex time relations in the arts, humanities and social sciences, was published by Springer in 2021. Other recent publications are Multimodality, Poetry and Poetics for Routledge (New York 2018), an article for the Swedish journal, Education and Democracy, on the importance of contemporary rhetoric for schools in England (2019) and a chapter on teacher education in England in Teaching the World’s Teachers, eds Lefty and Fraser (2020). 

In 2021 he published a second book of poems with Terpsichore Press: Falling Uphill: Forty-Six Adirondack Poems.

In 2023 he gave keynote lectures on polyrhythmicity at The Royal Society of Medicine, London; and on writing development at the Australasian Literacy Summit in New Zealand.


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MA (Oxon), PHd (Hull), PGCE (Leeds)

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Areas of interest for supervision

I supervise topics in the field of intercultural language use; argument and argumentation; academic English; poetics and contemporary rhetoric (the arts of discourse); and research methods in digital education.

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Current PhD students supervised

Rabab AlHaddab - To what extent does portfolio assessment contribute to the development of student experience in the context of teaching academic writing in Arabic as a second language?

Jingting Hu - Examining staff's motivation and perceptions of conducting research and teaching activities in a Chinese Sino-UK university: a case study

Suling Chen - Investigating Chinese TESOL students’ perception of creativity in language teaching when studying English at colleges in China

Fangyi Guan - Internationalisation within Chinese higher education, with particular reference to employability

Soha Altayar - An analysis of students' needs in Arabic as an academic language in language institutes in Saudi Arabia

Yurou Wei - Storytelling and language education in China

Maggie Mei Kee Chan - The representation of disabled children and people in biographies and fiction for 3-8 year olds

Xuande Wu - Acculturation and second language learning motivation for Chinese students in Scotland

Alia Aljoofi - Pragmatics and English as a Foreign Language learning in Saudi Arabia

Flora Mei Hua Yang - How do English language learners in a Taiwanese senior high school use smartphones and tablet computers to assist their learning inside and outside the English language classroom?


Past PhD students supervised

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Research summary

My main research interests are in argumentation in schools and higher education; poetics and contemporary rhetoric; and research methods in digital education.

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