I obtained an MA (Hons) degree in French and Spanish from the University of Glasgow in June 2015, which was awarded with 1st Class Honours and distinction in Spoken French and Spoken Spanish.
The focus of my undergraduate degree was primarily building a high level of competence in reading, writing, speaking and comprehending the French and Spanish languages, as well as developing an understanding of various elements of the history and literatures of both cultures. There was also a strong emphasis on translation skills, and practical translation tasks in a variety of different genres.
In terms of more specialised courses, I undertook a module in Teaching English as a Foreign Language, which provided me with a greater understanding of lesson designs and various pedagogies. I also had the opportunity to study several other languages during my degree, including Italian, German, Catalan and Scottish Gaelic.
It was during my time at the University of Glasgow that I began to develop an interest in French sociolinguistics, as well as the field of Language Policy and Planning; and my undergraduate dissertation focussed on these themes (see Research).
I received a 1+3 Studentship from the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science, in co-operation with the Economics and Social Research Council, in 2017.
With the help of this funding, in August 2018, I obtained an MSc in Applied Linguistics (with Distinction) from the University of Edinburgh. As a taught postgraduate programme, this degree allowed me the opportunity to gain grounding in various linguistics fields, and to develop knowledge of research design and of quantitative methods (including learning to use the statistical programming language R, as well as how to run a number of advanced statistical analyses.)
In addition, my Master’s degree provided the opportunity to delve deeper into my field of interest – Language Policy and Planning. My final dissertation considered the contribution of French language policies throughout history to the decline of the indigenous minority languages of France through an exploration of the themes of Linguicide and Linguistic Suicide (see Research).
I began my PhD research in September 2018, and my current PhD (working) title is: “Policy, Policing and Resistance in Catalunya Nord online” (see Research).
Finally, I have also become involved in a number of research-related activities at the University of Edinburgh.
Since September 2018, I have been joint co-ordinator of the Language in Context seminar series: a fortnightly series of talks and activities related to various language-related fields and disciplines. You can find out more about us on our webpage and our Facebook page.
In addition, from May 2020, I will be getting involved in an exciting new project relating to the local impact of the COVID-19 pandemic – details to be announced soon!
Lastly, I was involved in the organising committee of the university’s 25th Linguistics and English Language Conference, which was held from 4-7 June 2019, as well as the 2nd Scots@Ed Symposium, which took place on Burns’ Day 2020.