In 2017 I completed an MA in Sociolinguistics at the University of Essex, Colchester, for which I was awarded a distinction.
My dissertation (An exploration of use of and attitudes towards gender-neutral pronouns among the non-binary, transgender and LGBT+ communities in the United Kingdom, 2017) spanned the disciplines of transgender studies and sociolinguistics, with a focus on attitudes around gender-neutral pronouns (including singular they) and their use as personal pronouns by non-binary people. The research remains very close to my heart, and I would love to revisit this area of study in the future.
As well as my research into non-binary linguistics, I also have an interest in British dialect variation (especially variation between different generations in rural area of the UK), and the use of different written registers in the social media age.
In 2012, I graduated with an honours degree in European Studies and German (BScEcon) from Aberystwyth University, achieving a 2:1. As part of my course I completed a dissertation relating to European Union democracy, with a focus on the European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) - which was introduced in April 2012. As part of my dissertation research I interviewed politicians from either side of the pro-EU/Eurosceptic divide.