Metaphor in the Curriculum

Metaphor in the Curriculum was an AHRC-funded project which followed on from Mapping Metaphor‌ with the Historical Thesaurus. It was designed to create materials for use in secondary schools, to help pupils to understand metaphor while using the cutting-edge research provided by the newly-created online Metaphor Map of English. The online Metaphor Map is available via this link.

The Metaphor in the Curriculum project ran from April 2015 to June 2016 and outputs included a website, teaching materials and an app for Android and iOS. Our schools website is available via this link, with the app available in the Google Play store and the App Store.

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Project Team

Principal Investigator: Dr Wendy Anderson

Researchers: Dr Ellen Bramwell and Dr Rachael Hamilton

Website and App developer: Brian Aitken

Project Assistant: Heather Valentine

Collaborators and Advisers


Mr David Byrne, Quality Improvement Officer for English and Literacy, Glasgow City Council

Beaconhurst School, Bridge of Allan, Stirling

Notre Dame High School, Glasgow


Network of Advisers

Professor Dauvit Broun, Director of Arts Lab, College of Arts & Humanities

Professor Carole Hough, English Language and Linguistics

Professor Christian Kay, English Language and Linguistics

Professor Jim McGonigal, Professor Emeritus of Education

Dr Fraser Rowan, College of Arts’ Knowledge Exchange and Impact Manager