Claire Hardaker (NB. I just did a triathlon here. It's not my best look.)


Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences (FASS)
Linguistics & English Language (LAEL)
County South
Lancaster University
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A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
The Silmarillion
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
The Stand
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
'Salem's Lot
And Then There Were None
Interview with the Vampire
Ways of Seeing
The Internet of Garbage
A Universal History of Infamy
Broadmoor Revealed: Victorian Crime and the Lunatic Asylum
Ten Days in a Mad-House
The Dark Net: Inside the Digital Underworld
Kpo the Leopard
Chicken Chicken

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    This calendar gives a general idea of my availability but doesn't account for working from other locations. FORGE events will appear on here in red. NB. Gaps in the calendar don't automatically equate to times that I will be in my office. Sometimes I am away at conferences, or working from different locations, or undertaking other "unscheduled" work (e.g. marking, research, admin).

    If you would like to meet me for an appointment, find at least three suitable gaps and email me with all three options. This maximises the chance that we'll find a time that works for us both, and minimises the number of emails going back and forth.

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    OFFICE HOURS (2020-2021)

    Office hours will be announced at around September of each academic year. Note that these times can change in the course of the year (that change will be reflected here), they can get exceptionally busy, especially during assessment periods, and in rare circumstances, they can be cancelled. To avoid disappointment, you should always email in advance.

    • Michaelmas
      • Online only: email for appointment
    • Lent
      • Online only: email for appointment
    • Summer
      • Online only: email for appointment

    If you cannot make these timeslots, check my calendar and then email me with a shortlist of three different times that you can make. It's important that you send a small selection because gaps in my calendar don't automatically equate to a time I will be in my office. Sometimes I am away at conferences, working from different locations, or undertaking other "unscheduled" work (marking, research, admin, etc.). By sending at least three options, you maximise the chance of finding a time that works for us both, and minimise the number of emails going back and forth.


    Applying/future students

    For general information about the different types of PhD we offer, scholarships, fees, and accommodation, start here.

    Note, however, that alongside my other commitments, I am currently at capacity. As such, I am not presently taking on any more PhD students except in truly exceptional circumstances. I have a waiting list for future supervisees which it is possible to join in certain circumstances. If you would like to be considered for this waiting list, firstly read this entire section. Assuming that you fulfil all of the requirements, your next step is to go through the formal application process. Finally, if your application is accepted and I am (still) happy to supervise you, then I will add you to the waiting list. When I have capacity to take you on (usually when one of my current PhD students is about to graduate), I will get back in touch with you.

    I will generally only supervise projects that use corpus approaches to forensic linguistics, particularly in the areas of deception and/or manipulation. As part of my supervision, I work on ensuring that my supervisees get extremely high calibre experience (e.g. Cabinet Office placements), make a substantial impact (e.g. through international media engagements), and/or begin to form an exceptional profile for the future (e.g. through online presence), as appropriate to their thesis and aims. I have high expectations of my students and I will only consider candidates who are capable and committed.

    Feel free to send me a short email for an informal discussion of project ideas in the first instance. This way you can find out whether it is a topic I would consider supervising, and if so, how long you might have to wait before I can realistically accept you as a student. In rare cases, I will consider projects that are slightly outside of my key interests, but only if the candidate is extremely strong. I do not respond to generic enquiries, and, as per departmental policy, I will never make a personal offer of supervision. I can express interest in your topic and encourage you to apply but this is not an offer of supervision, nor is it a suggestion that you will be placed higher on the waiting list. All potential candidates must go through the formal application process. You can read more about this in the next section.

    To get straight to the formal applicaton process, start here.

    Present students

    From most recently enrolled onwards:

    • LOUISE (primary supervisor): Twitter disinformation, Brexit, and the US 2016/2020 elections
    • WILLIAM (primary supervisor): disinformation on social media
    • EKATERINA (second supervisor): the language of tourism in British versus Russian texts

    Current students are also undertaking international media engagements and working directly with the BBC and Whitehall.

    Past students

    From most recently graduated onwards:

    • FAIZAH (co-supervisor): the representation of Saudis on Twitter
    • MARTON (primary supervisor): trolling in the comments on political blogs
    • MELISSA (primary supervisor): the language of recidivists and non-recidivists in parole board hearings


    Current academic year (2020-2021)

    • Michaelmas
      • LING102 English language (guest lecturing)
      • LING103 Linguistics (convening, guest lecturing)
    • Lent
      • LING102 English language (guest lecturing)
      • LING103 Linguistics (convening, guest lecturing)
      • LING429 Forensic linguistics (convening, lecturing)
    • Summer
      • LING102 English language (guest lecturing)
      • LING103 Linguistics (convening, guest lecturing)

    Next academic year (2021-2022)

    • Michaelmas
      • TBC
    • Lent
      • Sabbatical?
    • Summer
      • TBC