Aston Institute for Forensic Linguistics

  • United Kingdom

Organization profile

Organisation profile

The Aston Institute for Forensic Linguistics is the first of its type in the world. It combines leading-edge research and investigative forensic practice with postgraduate teaching and professional courses.

Research at the Institute involves all aspects of forensic linguistics from how the police and the courts can best work with interpreters to the development and refinement of methods for identifying the writer of disputed forensic texts. Members have published widely and lectured about their research in some 30 countries. Their high-quality research ensures that both postgraduate and professional courses and their investigative work have a solid academic foundation.

FLAIR - Forensic Linguistics Advice, Investigation & Research is the consultancy arm of the Aston Institute for Forensic Linguistics. Bringing together experienced practitioners with experience of hundreds of cases, FLAIR offers high-quality expertise, from analysis and report writing, to the delivery of expert opinions in court. Recent casework has included analyses of mobile telephone text messages, forged suicide notes and terrorist conspiracy documents. FLAIR applies quality assurance procedures that are unavailable to lone practitioners and offers a clearing house service to investigators and potential clients looking for an expert.

The Institute offers high quality training in all aspects of forensic linguistics to a variety of professional groups including police officers, lawyers and judges. The International Summer School in Forensic Linguistic Analysis is a week-long introduction to forensic linguistics for professionals and academics and the Institute also offers tightly focussed one-day courses in Interviewing with an Interpreter, Linguistic Issues in the Courtroom, and Forensic Textual Analysis.

The MSc in Forensic Linguistics is as a distance-learning, credit-accumulation, programme, which draws on Aston University's substantial expertise developed over 25 years in delivery of distance courses. Students based anywhere in the world can study and accumulate credits from individual modules and/or short courses to gain the postgraduate qualification that suits them. Short courses such as the above-mentioned International Summer School can be taken as credit-bearing modules and so contribute towards a Postgraduate qualification.

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linguistics Social Sciences
police Social Sciences
interview Social Sciences
language Social Sciences
rape Social Sciences
interpreter Social Sciences
attribution Social Sciences
communication Social Sciences

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Research Output 2001 2020

Language and Online Identities The Undercover Policing of Internet Sexual Crime.

Grant, T. D. & MacLeod, N., Mar 2020, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 218 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook


Pragmatics: Leadership and team communication in emergency medicine training.

Atkins, S. & Chalupnik, M., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In Brookes, G. and Hunt, D., eds., Analysing Health Communication: Discourse Approaches. Palgrave Macmillan

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Team interaction in healthcare settings: Leadership, rapport-building and clinical outcomes in ad hoc medical teams.

Chalupnik, M. & Atkins, S., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In Archer, D, Grainger, K. and Jagodzinski, P., eds., Politeness in Professional Settings. John Benjamins

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Student theses

Bilingual practices in Ghanaian primary schools: implications for curriculum design and educational practice

Author: Yevudey, E., 13 May 2017

Supervisor: Reershemius, G. K. (Supervisor) & Grieve, J. W. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


Linguistic identifiers of L1 Persian speakers writing in English: NLID for authorship analysis

Author: Perkins, R., 9 Jan 2014

Supervisor: Grant, T. D. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


Police interviews with women reporting rape: a critical discourse analysis

Author: MacLeod, N. J., May 2010

Supervisor: Marley, C. N. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy



Lifetime Achievement Award, Germanic Society for Forensic Linguistics

Kate Haworth (Recipient), Sep 2019

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Knowledge Exchange and Impact Award

Sarah Atkins (Recipient), May 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2001 2019

Applying linguistics in practice: Language and communication training for police interviewers

Kate Haworth (Invited speaker)
30 Aug 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

14th Biennial Conference of the International Association of Forensic Linguists

Krzysztof Kredens (Participant)
1 Jul 20195 Jul 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Press / Media

1641 Rebellion massacre reports based on hearsay, study shows

Nicci MacLeod


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Research