School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences

Staff Profiles

Dr Alina Schartner

Lecturer in Applied Linguistics


I was appointed Lecturer in Applied Linguistics at Newcastle University in June 2015, having previously worked as a Research Associate at the Research Centre for Learning and Teaching (CfLaT).


After graduating with an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Salzburg, I worked for 2 years in an education services agency in Austria. I then went on to study for an MA in Cross-Cultural Communication and Education at Newcastle University. I subsequently studied for a PhD at ECLS, investigating the adjustment and adaptation of international postgraduate students in the UK. I completed my PhD in February 2014. 

I am an active member of the Intercultural Communication Special Interest Group of the British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL), and the International Association of Language and Social Psychology (IALSP). For the latter, I have been secretary since 2013.



My research interests include the internationalisation of higher education, especially international student adjustment and adaptation, as well as the social psychology of communication. I am also interested in the role of 'culture' in professional communication and the concept of intercultural competence.

Currently, I am working on the following research projects:

  • Intercultural experiences of first-year undergraduate students on an 'internationalising university experience' module
  • The effect of cross-cultural communication education on international students' adjustment and adaptation to life and study in the UK
  • Intercultural communication as a graduate attribute: a needs analysis among engineering students and university staff in the UK and Japan
  • Optimising medical education about dementia communication in the UK and Malaysia

I currently supervise the following PhD projects:

  • Cross-cultural adaptation of Saudi Arabian international ESL students in UK higher education, Fatimah Alsaadi
  • Cross-cultural adaptation and identity change: a study of Asian student sojourners in the UK, Hanh Pho
  • Postgraduate students' development of intercultural competence in a British university: interdisciplinary perspectives, Yuwei Liang
  • Factors contributing to the successful process of international students psychological, sociocultural and academic adjustment in a Thai university, Nattaya Srisakda
  • International students: the jewel in the crown for higher education in preparing the global leader, Joanne Rush
  • The motivators and barriers to students' and lecturers' efforts in teaching and learning in Nigerian universities, Adaoma Menkiti
  • Evaluative language of brand personality in pre and post-1992 UK university websites, Tao Tongvivat
  • An investigation into the pedagogical interventions/approaches which are more effective in improving the personal creativity of international higher education business students, John Reilly O'Donnell


In the academic year 2016-17 I am module leader for:

  • CCC8077 Professional Communication Skills (Semester 2)
  • CCC2010 Professional Communication Skills (Semester 1) 
  • EDU1004 Internationalising University Experience (Semesters 1 and 2)

I also contribute lectures to the following modules:

  • CCC8001 Social Psychology of Communication: 'Personality, social psychology and intercultural communication' and 'Identity, adjustment and acculturation'
  • CCC8026 Research Methods in Cross-Cultural Communication: 'Engaging critically with literature', 'Thematic content analysis', and 'Collecting and analysing survey data'
  • ALT8001 Research Methods in Applied Linguistics: 'Collecting and analysing survey data'