School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences

Staff Profiles

Dr Tony Young

Senior Lecturer in Language & Communication



I was an English language teacher, Director of Studies, curriculum advisor and Head of School for the British Council and the Bell Education Trust, among others, and worked in the UK, USA, Spain, Italy and Malaysia between 1984 – 2002.  I lectured in applied linguistics and the social psychology of communication at Birkbeck, University of London between 2002 and 2004. I also did an MA in Applied Linguistics (Distinction, 1999) and a PhD (Intercultural Communicative Competence and the Teaching and Learning of English as a Foreign Language, 2007), both part time, at Birkbeck.  I joined Newcastle University in September 2004.

Roles and Responsibilities

Head of the Applied Linguistics section of the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences between 2010 and 2015.

Director of Excellence in Language Learning and Teaching, Jan. 2015 - .

Senior Lecturer in Language and Communications, Chair of Board of Studies and Senior Tutor for the MA in Cross Cultural Communication (MACCC) programmes, and Degree Programme Director for the MACCC+ International Relations and MACCC+Education.  

I was elected the founding convenor of the British Association for Applied Linguistics Intercultural communication Special Interest Group in 2010.

In June 2012 I was elected a member of the University Senate.

I am President Elect of the International Association of Language and Social Psychology and will serve as President from June 2014 to June 2016. 



PhD University of London, 2007

MA (with Distinction) in Applied Linguistics, Birkbeck, University of London, 1999

Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults, Waltham Forest College, London, 1989

B.A.(Hons) English, University of Sussex, 1984


International Association of Language and Social Psychology
International Communication Association
Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research (Europe)
British Association for Applied Linguistics
European Second Language Association


Research Interests

My research interests focus on critical perspectives on intercultural, intergroup and interpersonal communication and the social psychology of language and communication.

My recent work has focussed on:-

Communication and disability, especially dementia

Interactional and intercultural competence among professionals (teachers, health care providers, medical trainers) 

The 'International' student experience and the internationalisation of Higher Education worldwide.

Current Work

1. Investigating medical undergraduates attitudes towards dementia care and communication with people with dementia, collaborating with  Newcastle University's Institute for Ageing and Health and the Newcastle University Medical School (NUMED) in Malaysia.

2. DEMTEC Project: I am leading a multiprofessional and lay team in the development of a conceptual framework and toolkit to optimise communication between professionals, carers and people living with dementia (with Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust and Alzheimer's Society, UK).  A free-to-users website has been launched in this regard – DEMTALK  Currently undertaking an ESRC-funded project to research, co-design and co-develop further assistive communication technologies.

3. International students' transitions and adjustments to life and study in the UK, and their post study re-entry to home societies. The role of intercultural competence in adjustment. Projects funded by the HASS Faculty Innovation fund.

4. Which English - Investigating 'non native' speaking teachers' beliefs, attitudes and practices regarding appropriate models of English (English as a Lingua Franca, English as an International Language, 'Native speaker' varieties).  Recent project funded by the British Academy Newton Fund.

Esteem Indicators

My work on communication and dementia won the James J Bradac Prize from the International Association of Language and Social Psychology for its outstanding contribution to the field in June 2010.

I was elected founding convenor of the Special Interest Group in Intercultural communication for the British Association for Applied Linguistics in 2010.




Postgraduate Teaching

I am module leader for:-

CCC8001 Social Psychology of Communication

CCC8042 Culture and Intercultural Communication in English language Education 

CCC8088 Culture, Interculturality and Identity  

I also teach and supervise projects on CCC8026 Research Methods in Cross-Cultural Communication, ALT8001 Research Methods in Applied Linguistics and AGE2000 Newcastle University Ageing Generations Education (NU-AGE).