James Williams

Jamie Williams

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Arts & Humanities

Staff Group(s)
English, Culture and Media


Jamie Williams is a lecturer in Clinical Linguistics at NTU. He is a research active member of the English, Communications, and Philosophy group. He has published in international journals, and regularly contributes to international conferences. As a clinical linguist, Jamie is interested in the impact physical and mental illnesses have upon speech and language, along with the development of interventions to improve any speech or language deficits.

He teaches on a range of modules within the Linguistics Subject area and supervises postgraduate students. His current teaching responsibilities are:

Module leader on the following modules:

  • LING 204: Communication Disorders
  • LING 308: Clinical Linguistics

He also delivers teaching on the following modules:

  • LING 101: Introduction to Language and Linguistics
  • LING 102: Language in Context
  • LING 207: Applying Methods in Linguistics
  • LING 391: Undergraduate Dissertation in Linguistics

He also supervises dissertations in MA Linguistics (by research). He is happy to receive MA/PhD application and proposals in any area of clinical linguistics, but he is especially interested in any projects that intend to look at the effects of mental illnesses on language use.

Jamie’s teaching and research have been recognised by a number of awards. In May 2015, he was awarded an “Endowed Postgraduate Prize” from the University of Nottingham. In May 2015 he was awarded “Best Teaching Assistant” at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, and in May 2018 he was awarded the “NTSU Outstanding Teaching Staff in Arts and Humanities” prize, voted for by students.

Career overview

Dr Williams joined Nottingham Trent University, first as an Hourly Paid Lecturer in Linguistics in February 2015, and since September 2018 as a Lecturer in Clinical Linguistics. He completed his B.A.(hons) in German and Linguistics at the University of Manchester, his MPhil in Linguistics at the University of Cambridge, and his PhD in Cognitive Science at the University of Nottingham. He has previously taught at University College London, the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, and the University of Manchester.

Research areas

Dr Williams’ current research projects span across a range of areas in clinical linguistics and systemic functional linguistics.

  • Effects of Depression and Anxiety on Language Use
  • Student Academic Writing and Mental Illnesses
  • Philosophy of Functional Linguistics
  • Loan word incorporation in Canadian English

External activity


Jamie has reviewed undergraduate textbook proposals and drafts for Cambridge University Press.

Professional Memberships

  • 2013-Present: Member of the European Systemic Functional Linguistics Association
  • 2012-Present: Member of the Linguistics Association of Great Britain

Other services

  • 2012-2014: External First-round advanced level marker for the United Kingdom Linguistic Olympiad (UKLO)

Sponsors and collaborators

  • 2013-2016: 16,650. PhD Scholarship. University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, School of Arts and Social Sciences.
  • 2012-2015: £28,242. PhD Scholarship. University of Nottingham, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

Course(s) I teach on

  • Undergraduate | Full-time / Part-time / Sandwich | 2019


  • Girl writing in chinese
    Undergraduate | Full-time / Part-time / Sandwich | 2019


  • Students on laptop
    Undergraduate | Full-time | 2019