Vacancies for Hourly Paid Academics (HPAs) in English at Middlesex University

The Media department at Middlesex University is looking to appoint hourly paid visiting academics (HPAs) to undertake teaching and assessment at third-year undergraduate level in the areas of Independent Project in language, literature and creative writing (online, term 1 in 2021-22), Teaching Englishes (on campus, terms 1 and 2 in 2021-22) and Media Communication (on campus terms 1 and 2 in 2021-22). These modules are part of the BA English degree. The teaching roles will commence from 27 September 2021 at our London Hendon campus.


1.   Appropriate academic qualifications at postgraduate level;

2.   Ability to deliver high quality teaching at Higher Education level;

3.   Understanding of good professional practice in learning and teaching;

4.   Suitable expertise in language, linguistics and communication.

To apply, please send a CV plus a covering letter to Anna Charalambidou by 5pm on Monday 26 July 2021.

Applicants can expect a response by Wednesday 28 July 2021 and interviews will be held virtually on Monday 2 August 2021.

Please note that before we can make an offer of work we will require candidates to undertake a ‘Right to Work’ check that will require them to present their passport (and visa if applicable) and their most recent certificate.

For any questions please contact Anna Charalambidou, Programme Leader for BA English, at the email address given above.

Storyfest starts today

Storyfest starts today! The schedule is here, and it is amazing – huge thanks to all involved. Have a browse and add any that interest you to your calendar – there is something here for everyone, all themed around Transformation.

You only need one Zoom link to get into them all:

Meeting ID: 935 5814 5807

Passcode: 422782

Today, Monday 15th March

The National Centre for Writing will be discussing how they share stories through web, podcast, social channels, print and marketing. Get inspired! This will be followed by lives workshop from a dynamic duo from MDX, Film maker David Cottis, followed by Playwright James Kenworth:

Playwright and MDX Narrative Lecturer James Kenworth (The Newham Plays) talks about his acclaimed adaptations of Animal Farm and Alice in Wonderland, arguing that these plays were not straightforward stage adaptations of literary classics, but radical re-imaginings of the original source material, and new plays in their own right. He explores the notion of literary adaptation as being similar to a DJ remix or re-edit; appropriating and changing other materials to create something new.

You can follow the festival on Twitter for all the latest news and updates @nlstoryfest.

More details on the Festival’s exciting line-up here.

Experience Week Activities

Week 6 (4th – 8th November 2019) is Experience week, and BA English Middlesex students will have no regular classes. Instead we have planned the following activities for you on Wednesday, 6th November. It will be a great opportunity for you to develop new skills, network and meet students and graduates from other programmes.

When? Wednesday, 6th November


Unlimited Potential freshers festival

A full day of workshops and an opportunity to meet students on other programmes. Festival will include a sound-inspired creative writing workshop, and a series of wellbeing workshops aimed to improve your independent living skills, confidence, managing anxiety, relaxation techniques etc.

11.00 – 12.30 pm, GG38       ‘Hearing Narratives’

Creative Writing workshop. Book your space –

2.15 – 3.15, G229              ‘Mind over Mood’

An overview of depression/low mood and anxiety, how thoughts, feelings and behaviours are all interconnected. Learning effective coping strategies to better manage low mood and anxiety. Relaxation techniques. Book your space here –

3.30 – 4.30, G229             ‘Life skills’

Independent living skills for students – budgeting, eating well, travel, physical health, mental health awareness, self-care, prioritisation. Book your space here –


Employability event for 2nd and 3rd year students

5.15-6.30 pm, C207 ‘Careers in Communications: Stories of our Alumni’

Alumni from our journalism programmes are coming to campus to tell you their stories of getting graduate level jobs in the communications industry. The line up includes a BBC radio producer, freelance magazine writer, multimodal journalist for MailOnline, public relations manager and business development executive. Come along and learn how those who were only recently in your shoes got jobs in the comms industry. Register NOW here.


The Language and Communication research cluster is delighted to announce a presentation by Ilham Taghiyev (Khazar University, Azerbaijan), on the case of linguistic humour.

When? Friday 23rd November 2018, 14.30 – 15.30

Where? Room V105, Vine building, Middlesex University, London, NW4 4BT

Although humour research can be traced back to Plato and Aristotle, and different disciplines in humanities, viz. psychology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics are involved in suggesting several theories of humor, hitherto none of them has been able to encompass all types and kinds of humour under one theory. Moreover, scholars who mentioned the existence of unintentional humour (Attardo, Raskin, Ross) left the question of distinguishing between intentional and unintentional jokes open. This talk is aiming at demonstrating a different – semiotic approach to ambiguity-based humour research in one respect viz. attempting to find out the relationship between linguistic sign that is ambiguous and unintentionality of humour.



Ilham_TaghiyevIlham Taghiyev is a Lecturer in Linguistics at Khazar University, Baku, Azerbaijan. He is currently a visiting researcher at Middlesex, in the English subject area of the Media department. He graduated from Azerbaijan University of Languages and as an international student, attended courses at Delhi University, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade and the University of Edinburgh. His research topic is “The Cognitive Properties of English Humour”. He is a participant of scientific conferences and the author of several articles. Currently he is a doctoral research exchange student at Middlesex University. He speaks 4 languages: Azeri (vernacular), English, Russian and Turkish. Besides Linguistics, his sphere of interest (hobby) encompasses ancient civilizations, paranormal cases and abilities, numerology, astrology and ufology.

The Language and Communication Research Seminars are free and open to all staff, students and guests. For any questions or if you would like to lead a session, contact Anna Charalambidou.

Click here to see all 2018-19 Language & Communication research seminars.