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Jessica Bradley

Jessica Bradley


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I am an applied linguist, educational researcher and widening participation practitioner with research interests in outreach and engagement, social justice, professional language use, arts-based contexts, and cross-sector engagement.

My doctoral research, which is based in the School of Education at the University of Leeds, investigates meaning making and multimodal communication in collaborative, multilingual community arts, with a focus on street arts. I am funded by the AHRC as part of the 'Translation and Translanguaging' project, which is led by Angela Creese at the University of Birmingham ( My doctorate links to and builds on my previous and on-going professional work in arts- and modern languages- based educational and public engagement.

My professional background is in higher education engagement and outreach and I have over thirteen years’ experience of designing, delivering and evaluating cross-sector engagement programmes and activities. I have proven expertise in developing public-facing programmes and projects in formal and non-formal educational settings, leading from and informing interdisciplinary research and teaching within universities. These projects are grounded in arts-based learning, language and culture and take a collaborative ethnographic approach.

As Lecturer in Education in ICE I am also developing research around outreach and engagement. I am developing research around collaborative ethnography and young people, focusing on an innovative programme of participatory action research which is led by the Go Higher West Yorkshire NCOP team: Young Researchers. I am also working on the evaluation of a collaborative programme which is developing degree apprenticeships across West Yorkshire.

With Lou Harvey (Leeds) and Emilee Moore (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona) I am convening an AILA research network on 'Creative Inquiry and Applied Linguistics'. This builds on my research and practice in languages, engagement and the arts.

Research interests

My research interests are around language and communication in collaborative arts-based settings. For my doctoral research I worked with streets arts practitioners in the UK and in Slovenia. I have also developed a number of externally funded projects around linguistics and the arts. These include the AHRC-funded 'Migration and Home' project (with colleagues at the University of Leeds) working with a community arts group and third sector organisations. The follow on project, Migration and Settlement, funded by the Leeds Social Sciences Institute's Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) focuses on belonging and settlement and how these concepts can be performed in multiple ways.

I have an ongoing arts-based collaboration, 'Bricolage Arts', with artist-researcher Louise Atkinson. Our work focuses on the intersection of research, practice and engagement. From 2015-2017 we developed and led the 'LangScape Curators' project which uses collaborative ethnography and the linguistic landscape to co-create understandings of multilingual identities and realities.  

I have over thirteen years' practitioner experience in university outreach and widening participation, I also develop research in this area and I am particularly interested in the collaborative research possibilities around this work.

With colleagues at Leeds (James Simpson) and at Universitat Autonoma Barcelona (Emilee Moore)  am currently editing a book, contracted by Multilingual Matters, 'Translanguaging as Transformation', which is due to be published in 2019.

Teaching and Administration

Teaching Experience


I  have experience teaching across multiple areas, with specialisms in languages and education.


Institute of Childhood and Education, Leeds Trinity University

BA Education Studies and BA Early Childhood Studies


01/2018 – present   Module convenor and tutor ‘Is Education Fair? Introduction to the Sociology of Education’ (Level 4)


01/2018 – present   Tutor ‘Research Methods and Evidence-based Practice’ (Level 5)


01/2018 – present   Lecturer and contributions to Programme Level Assessment (Level 4), ‘Critical Issues and Contemporary Debates’ (Level 6), ‘Sociological Perspectives of Childhood’ (Level 6), MA Education.


School of Education, University of Leeds


01/2016 –03/2018             Invited lecturer for ‘Education in a Multilingual World’ (Level 4): ‘Modern Languages in the UK’ and ‘Introduction to Translanguaging’.


01/2016 – 05/2016            Academic Tutoring Partner, ‘Education in a Multilingual World’ (Level 4).


02/2015                    Invited seminar speaker, postgraduate seminar series: ‘Ethics’ (PGR level).


10/2015                    Invited seminar speaker, postgraduate seminar series: ‘The Transfer Viva’ (PGR level).


School of History, University of Leeds


2016-2017                TLANG project leaderfor ‘Faculty of Arts Undergraduate Research Module’ (Level 5).


School of Languages, Cultures and Societies, University of Leeds


03/2018                    Invited lecturer for ‘English in International Communication’: ‘Translanguaging’ (MA level).


01/2005 – 07/2012            Module co-ordinator and tutor, ‘Linguists into Schools’ (Level 5).


Educational Engagement (Faculties of Arts and PVAC)


01/2005 – 09/2014            Coordinator, Trainer and Mentor of undergraduate students and postgraduate researchers.