Dr Nicci MacLeod is available for forensic linguistic consultancy and casework in the areas of authorship analysis, sociolinguistic profiling, forensic discourse analysis, and ascertaining meaning in forensic contexts.  

Dr MacLeod completed her PhD in 2010 at Aston University on the topic of the language of police interviews with women reporting rape. She holds an MA (Distinction) in Forensic Linguistics from Cardiff University, where she was also awarded the Dell Hymes Commendation for Sociolinguistics.  She is a member of the International Association of Forensic Linguists (IAFL), the British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL), and the  International Investigative Interviewing Research Group (iIIRG), and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). She is also registered on the National Crime Agency’s Specialist Operations Expert Advisers Database.

Dr MacLeod has provided expert forensic linguistic reports to several police forces, including the Serious Organised Crime Agency, and to the Independent Police Complaints Commission, as well as to solicitors and private clients in criminal and civil cases. She has appeared as an expert witness in the Crown Court of England & Wales and both the Sheriff Court and the High Court of Justiciary in Scotland.

  1. Dr MacLeod has taught in Higher Education since 2004. Her experience includes the design and delivery of a Masters’ level course in Forensic Linguistics at the University of Birmingham, and MA modules in Forensic Linguistics, Language as Evidence, Analysing Written & Spoken Discourse, and Functional Grammar at Aston University.

At undergraduate level Dr MacLeod has contributed modules in Sociolinguistics and Forensic Linguistics at Bangor University and taught across the English Language programme at Aston University. She now delivers modules on Discourse Analysis and Forensic Linguistics at Northumbria University, where she also contributes to the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeships for both Northumbria Police and Durham Constabulary.

Dr Macleod has contributed to international workshops in Forensic Linguistics in the UK, Philippines, Portugal and Tunisia. She has also delivered numerous training courses to UK police interviewers and to undercover online operatives.

Dr Nicci MacLeod,Forensic Linguist


GDip Law, University of Law

PhD Forensic Linguistics, Aston University

MA (Distinction) Forensic Linguistics, Cardiff University

BA(Hons) English Language, Bangor University