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I joined the Centre for Forensic Linguistics at Aston in 2009. I originally qualified as a barrister, and practised civil and criminal law in Liverpool before moving to the Parliamentary Counsel Office, Whitehall, where I worked as part of a small team of specialist lawyers responsible for drafting primary legislation. Combining long-standing interests in both language and law, I completed an MA in Applied Linguistics and subsequently a PhD on police interviewing at the University of Nottingham. My research interests include all aspects of language and communication in legal contexts, especially spoken interaction and the use of language data as evidence.

Since 2013 I work part-time at Aston, and am available on Tuesdays to Thursdays only.

Research Interests

Language and law, especially police interviews; language as evidence; (critical) discourse analysis; language and identity; forensic linguistics; institutional discourse; spoken interaction; interdisciplinarity. 

Administrative Roles

Director of Postgraduate English & member of English Management Group, 2016-19

Programme Director, MSc Forensic Linguistics, 2013-19

Programme Director, MA Applied Linguistics, 2011-12

Teaching Activity

My teaching at Aston has included:


  • The Language of the Law
  • Language as Evidence
  • Introduction to English Language: Social Applications


  • Analysing Written and Spoken Discourse 
  • Linguistics in Legal Contexts 
  • Introduction to Forensic Linguistics 
  • Spoken Language in the Legal System 
  • Research Methods 

Membership of Professional Bodies

Fellow of the Higher Education Authority (HEA)

British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL)

International Association of Forensic Linguists (IAFL) 

International Investigative Interviewing Research Group (iIIRG)

The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple


2013: PG Certificate in Professional Practice (Higher Education), Aston University.

2004-8:Ph.D.: ‘An analysis of police interview discourse and its role(s) in the judicial process’, University of Nottingham.

2003-4:MA Applied Linguistics, University of Nottingham – with Distinction.

1998-9:PG Diploma in Professional Legal Skills (Bar Vocational Course), The Inns of Court School of Law/ City University, London.

1997-8:PG Diploma in Law (CPE), The College of Law, Chester. With Commendation.

1995-6:Master of Studies (M.St.) Greek and Latin Languages and Literature, Magdalen College, Oxford.

1992-5:BA Hons Classical Studies, First Class, The University of Liverpool.


ESRC Studentship for PhD, Nottingham University, 2004-7 (PTA-030-2004-00907).

Harmsworth Scholarship, Hon. Soc. of the Middle Temple, for the Bar Vocational Course, Inns of Court School of Law, 1998. 

Harmsworth Scholarship, Hon. Soc. of the Middle Temple, for the Common Professional Examination, College of Law, 1997. 

British Academy Studentship, MSt Greek and Latin Language and Literature, Magdalen College, Oxford, 1995.


2001-3: Assistant Parliamentary Counsel, Parliamentary Counsel Office, Whitehall.

1999-2001: Barrister at Oriel Chambers, Liverpool. Civil and criminal law; prosecution and defence.

Contact Details

Room: MB738B
Phone: 0121 204 3861
Email: k.haworth@aston.ac.uk

Education/Academic qualification

PG Cert



Oct 2004Sep 2008


Oct 2003Sep 2004

PG Dip

Sep 1998Jul 1999

PG Dip, University of Law

Sep 1997Jul 1998

Sep 1995Sep 1996


Oct 1992Jul 1995

External positions

Assistant Parliamentary Counsel

Sep 2001Aug 2003


Sep 1999Aug 2001

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Research Output 2006 2018

Tapes, transcripts and trials: The routine contamination of police interview evidence

Haworth, K. J., 9 Oct 2018, In : The International Journal of Evidence & Proof. 22, 4, p. 428-450

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
environmental pollution
criminal procedure

The discursive construction of evidence in police interviews: case study of a rape suspect

Haworth, K., 1 Apr 2017, In : Applied Linguistics. 38, 2, p. 194-214 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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Developing a linguistically informed approach to police interviewing

Macleod, N. & Haworth, K. J., Apr 2016, Sociolinguistic research : application and impact. Lawson, R. & Sayers, D. (eds.). London (UK): Routledge, p. 151-170 20 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Open Access

Interviewing suspected offenders

Oxburgh, G. E., Fahsing, I., Haworth, K. & Blair, J. P., Nov 2015, Communication in investigative and legal contexts: integrated approaches from forensic psychology, linguistics and law enforcement. Oxburgh, G., Myklebust, T., Grant, T. & Milne, R. (eds.). Chirchester (UK): Wiley-Blackwell, p. 135-158 24 p. (Wiley series in psychology of crime, policing and law).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

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Lifetime Achievement Award, Germanic Society for Forensic Linguistics

Kate Haworth (Recipient), Sep 2019

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Activities 2009 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

Invited speaker at internal practitioner seminar

Kate Haworth (Speaker)
9 Nov 2018

Activity: Other activity typesTypes of External academic engagement - Invited talk

Invited research presentation at internal seminar for practitioners

Kate Haworth (Speaker)
Jul 2018

Activity: Other activity typesTypes of External academic engagement - Invited talk