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).

In June 2016 I was awarded the James J Bradac Early Career Prize for my work on the international student experience.




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.

I am currently co-investigator on the following Erasmus funded projects:

  • Approaches and Tools for Internationalisation at Home (ATIAH), 2016-2018:

 [Erasmus Key Action 2 Higher Education 2016-1-UK01-KA203-024354]

  • Critical Skills for Life and Work (CSLW): Developing the Professional Intercultural Communicative Competence of Highly Skilled Refugees, 2017-2019:

[Erasmus Key Action 2 Adult Education 2017-1-UK01_KA204-036667]

I am happy to supervise PhD projects in the following areas: intercultural transitions of internationally mobile individuals, international student adjustment and adaptation, internationalisation of higher education. I am especially interested in mixed-methods research using both qualitative and quantitative methods of enquiry.

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
  • International students: the jewel in the crown for higher education in preparing the global leader, Joanne Rush
  • Understanding international postgraduate students' adjustment in a British university: motivations for study abroad and subsequent academic, sociocultural and psychological experiences, Xuan Zhao


I am module leader for:

  • CCC8077 Professional Communication Skills (Semester 2)
  • CCC2010 Professional Communication Skills (Semester 1) 

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'