Ken joined the UEA in October, 2017 after eight years as the director of the Centre for Applied English Studies at the University of Hong Kong. He is a well-known researcher in the field of academic discourse, writing and language education, and has published over 26 books and 220 papers with 33,000 citations on Google Scholar. Ken has taught English and applied linguistics in the Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand and Hong Kong, and been a professor at the University of Hong Kong and UCL Institute of Education in London. His most recent books include a third edition of Teaching and Researching Writing (Routledge, 2016), The Routledge Handbook of EAP (co-edited with Philip Shaw, Routledge, 2016), Faces of English Language Education (with Lillian Wong, Routledge, 2017) and Academic Publishing (Oxford University Press, 2015). A collection of his work was published in 2018 as 'The Essential Hyland' (Bloomsbury, 2017). He is founding co-editor of the Journal of English for Academic Purposes and was co-editor of Applied Linguistics. Ken is an Honorary professor at Warwick University and a Foundation Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of the Humanities.

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