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After a twenty year career as a freelance still photographer, I was drawn back to the area of my undergraduate and Master’s degree in Literature to teach English for academic purposes in China. After a period there, I took first a Master’s degree in teaching English as a second language at the University of Leeds and then a Ph.D., where I observed doctoral candidates in Art and Design writing their theses. This study brought together my career as a visual artist and my interest in academic writing. While undertaking my research, I published on the inclusion of writing (and Ph.D.s) in Art and Design study, on the process and difficulties that participants faced in writing their theses, and on how lecturers conceptualise transgressive intertextuality.

Since completing my thesis, I have continued to work with multimodal communication, having been involved in a seminar series leading to a book on digital dissertations and theses. I am currently studying MOOCs as a platform for teaching academic writing.

Research Interests

Plagiarism; Intertextuality; Academic writing; Multimodal communication

Vision Statement

I am fascinated by the work that students and academics do in academic writing—the difficulties and successes that novices and experts experience in this artificial but vital context. I’m particularly interested in the innovations that emerge in academic writing, brought on in part by the increasing inclusion of visual expression in an area that has traditionally been dominated by verbal expression. In addition, intertextuality and the related social phenomenon of plagiarism engross me: I want to understand why academics focus on this area in a particular fashion, highlighting certain types of behaviour as misconduct and others as acceptable.

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Research Output 2005 2015

  • 46 Citations
  • 3 h-Index
  • 4 Article
  • 2 Chapter
  • 1 Conference proceeding
  • 1 Poster
7 Citations (Scopus)

Challenges and coping strategies for international publication: perceptions of young scholars in China

Jiang, X., Borg, E. & Borg, M., 2015, In : Studies in Higher Education. (in press)

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
social science

Exploring Nigerian postgraduate students’ experience of plagiarism: A phenomenographic case study

Orim, S-M. I., Davies, J. W., Borg, E. & Glendinning, I., Jun 2013, In : International Journal for Educational Integrity. 9, 1, p. 20-34

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

post-graduate studies

Students’ Experience of Institutional Interventions On Plagiarism: Nigerian Case

Orim, S-M., Borg, E. & Awale-Ale, I., 12 Jun 2013, PLAGIARISM ACROSS EUROPE AND BEYOND: Conference Proceedings. p. 54-69 16 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding


The Thesis: Texts and Machines

Borg, E. & Boyd-Davis, S., Jun 2012, SAGE Handbook of Digital Dissertations and Theses. Andrews, R., Borg, E., Davis, S. B., Domingo, M. & England, J. (eds.). Los Angeles, California: SAGE Publications

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Writing differently in Art and Design: Innovative approaches to writing tasks

Borg, E., 18 May 2012, Writing in the Disciplines Building Supportive Cultures for Student Writing in UK Higher Education. Hardy, C. & Clughen, L. (eds.). Bingly, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Activities 2005 2009

  • 13 Participation in conference

New Forms of the Doctorate Seminar

Erik Borg (Speaker)
23 Mar 2009

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Discourse and Disciplinarity Conference

Erik Borg (Speaker)
21 Jun 2007

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iPED conference

Erik Borg (Speaker)
17 May 2006

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Erik Borg (Speaker)
18 Nov 2006

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Lancaster Literacy Research Discussion Group

Erik Borg (Speaker)
15 Nov 2005

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