Dr George Ridgway

BSc(Hons), MA(Applied Linguistics), PhD
Honorary Lecturer
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The University of Sydney

George Ridgway received his PhD in biochemistry from the University of London and Masters in Applied Linguistics from The University of Sydney. Previously he has taught communication skills at the University of Leeds and for the Yorkshire Deanery in the United Kingdom.

After moving to Australia, George worked at James Cook University in Townsville with medical students, junior doctors and specialists, as well as with undergraduate and postgraduate students, to help improve their communication skills.

George is currently a lecturer in academic writing and communication with the ; and he is an honorary lecturer with the Sydney School of Education and Social Work, Faculty of Arts and Social Science. This involves giving timely and appropriate feedback on student learning and writing in collaboration with students and faculty staff.

  • Lecturer, Academic Enrichment, DVC (Education Portfolio), The University of Sydney
  • Lecturer, academic writing and communication, The Learning Centre, The University of Sydney
  • Member, Association for Academic Language and Learning
  • Reviewer, Australian Review of Applied Linguistics

  • Thistlethwaite, J., and Ridgway, G. (2006). Making it Real: a practical guide to experiential learning of communication skills. Oxford: Radcliffe Publishing.

Book chapters
  • Ridgway, G. (2016). "Academic writing and plagiarism." In J. Thistlethwaite and J. McKimm (Eds.) Health care professionalism at a glance, (pp. 30–31). London: Wiley.
  • Ridgway, G., and Thistlethwaite, J. (2015). "Communicating with the patient in primary care settings." In R. Iedema, D. Piper, M. Manidis (Eds.) Communicating quality and safety in health care, (pp. 36-48). Melbourne: Cambridge University Press.
  • Thistlethwaite, J., and Ridgway, G. (2015). "The content and process of simulated patient-based learning activities." In D. Nestel and M. Bearman (Eds.) Simulated patient methodology: theory, evidence and practice, (pp. 16-22). West Sussex, United Kingdom: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. [More Information]

Journal articles
  • Ridgway, G. (2017). "Modelling higher degree by research student writing feedback based on systemic functional linguistics: a collaboration of student, supervisor and academic language and learning adviser." Journal of Academic Language and Learning, 11(1), A174-A187. 
  • Ridgway, G. (2015). "Writing for publication and avoiding pitfalls." The Clinical Teacher, 12(1), 73-77. [More Information]
  • Ridgway, G. (2010). "Successful presentations and GP registrars." InnovAiT, 3(7), 422-426.

Modelling academic writing feedback – a project that will examine a model of feedback negotiated in consultation with the student, the supervisor and the academic language adviser

Digitising the post enrolment language assessment

Recognising culture and developing academic potential in Singapore nursing students