Dr Angela Gayton

  • Lecturer in Applied Linguistics (English Language & Linguistics)

Research interests

Angela’s current research interests include language issues within the internationalisation of higher education; language learning motivation, specifically in Anglophone contexts; issues of identity in the language classroom; perceptions of English as a global language; and teacher education - the theory-practice nexus.


Prior to taking up the post of Lecturer in Applied Linguistics at the University of Glasgow, Angela worked at the University of Cambridge as a postdoctoral research associate on an AHRC project entitled “Multilingualism: Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies” (MEITS). Drawing on seven years of postgraduate and postdoctoral classroom-based research experience, Angela was associated with the Education Strand of MEITS, which explores the relationship between multilingual identities and attainment. She engaged with data collection at secondary schools across the south East of England, exploring these themes. In addition, Angela was heavily involved with MEITS' public engagement and outreach activities.

Before joining the MEITS team, she worked for three years as a Teaching Fellow in the University of Edinburgh's School of Education. She has lectured and supervised MSc students extensively in the areas of second language acquisition, language learning motivation, and second language teaching curriculum development. She has also supervised PhD projects in the areas of language learning motivation, foreign language anxiety, and language policy.


In addition to ongoing collaboration with the MEITS team, Angela is currently a co-investigator on a project entitled “How are IELTS scores set and used for university admissions selection: A cross-institutional case study” with colleagues at the University of Bedfordshire.