Suganthi John


Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am currently supervising several students working on academic discourse, the teaching of academic writing, identity in writing and academic writing development. I am interested in supervising PhD research in the areas of:

Academic discourse
English for academic purposes
Advanced academic literacy


Research activity per year

Personal profile


Before pursuing my PhD at the University of Birmingham in 2000, I lived and worked in Singapore. I graduated in 2005 with a PhD from Birmingham and moved back to Singapore for a brief period. In 2007, I was offered a position at Birmingham. I was initially in the English for International Students Unit (now known as the Birmingham International Academy) and joined the Department of English Language and Linguistics in 2009.

I have held several roles in the department (Admissions Tutor, Undergraduate Programme Director and Head of Department). I have also held a School role as Head of Internationalisation for EDACS and College and institutional roles in widening participation (2010-2020). I am currently Deputy Director of Education for Distance and Digital Education (2019-current) in the College of Arts and Law. 

Research interests

The primary focus of my research is on identity creation in academic discourse and advanced academic literacy. My other research interests include English for research publication purposes, English for academic purposes, particularly, academic writing, and second language learning and teaching.


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