Kate Haworth

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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. 


Director of Postgraduate English

Programme Director, MSc Forensic Linguistics

Previously Programme Director, MA Applied Linguistics


Teaching Activity


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


  • Analysing Written and Spoken Discourse (MA/MSc)
  • Linguistics in Legal Contexts (MA)
  • Introduction to Forensic Linguistics (MSc)
  • Spoken Language in the Legal System (MSc)


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:Bar Vocational Course (BVC), The Inns of Court School of Law, London.

1997-8: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.

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


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.

  1. Developing a linguistically informed approach to police interviewing

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

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  1. 3rd European IAFL Conference (Event)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

  2. 10th biennial conference International Association of Forensic Linguists

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

  3. Economic and Social Research Council (External organisation)

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of council

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