Dr Tania Fahey Palma

Dr Tania Fahey Palma
Dr Tania Fahey Palma
Dr Tania Fahey Palma

BA (Hons), MA, PhD


Email Address
Telephone Number
+44 (0)1224 272203
Office Address

A47, Taylor Building, School of Language and Literature, University of Aberdeen, AB24 3UB


School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture


Dr Tania Fahey Palma is a Lecturer in Linguistics and Programme Director for the MSc Professional Communication and the MSc Cultural and Creative Communication. She has also held the roles of Dean of East Asia and Co-Director of Internationalisation for the School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture. She has teaching experience at a range of third level institutions including the University of Edinburgh, Newcastle University, Beijing Language and Culture University and Mary Immaculate College-University of Limerick. Her expertise lies in the areas of Applied Linguistics including Institutional Discourse, Professional Communication and Intercultural Communication. Her research and range of experience working with multicultural teams at different universities and living and working in a variety of different countries including the UK, China, Ireland, Spain, Chile, and the US, has provoked a strong interest in workplace interaction across professional contexts and cultures. Dr Fahey Palma's research is interdisciplinary in nature and she is passionate about communication in the context of Healthcare and Legal Discourse. 


Prizes and Awards

Dr Fahey Palma received the AUSA and University of Aberdeen Excellence Award for Best Postgraduate Lecturer in 2021 and Best Postgraduate Supervisor (Research) in 2020. She was also awarded the College of Arts and Social Sciences Award for Excellence in teaching in 2015 and the AUSA student choice award for Graduate Teaching in 2014. 


Research Overview

Corpus Linguistics

Professional Communication

Intercultural Communication

Healthcare Discourse

Novice Professional Communication

Discourse and Identity



Teaching Responsibilities

Dr Fahey Palma is Programme Director of the MSc Professional Communication and coordinates three courses on the programme:

Communication Theory and Analysis

Institutional Discourse

Intercultural Communication


She also coordinates two undergraduate honours courses at the School of Language and Literature:

Discourse Analysis

Language and the Professions