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Dr Kathryn Sharp

Job Title: WISERD Research Associate, WISERD Education

Institution: Cardiff University


Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 9650

Role: Native Welsh-speaking Research Associate on the WISERD Education project


Kathryn completed a Psychology degree at Bangor University in 2007 and then secured a 1 + 3 ESRC scholarship at the ESRC Centre for Research on Bilingualism. For the past four years she worked on a project assessing the acquisition of gender in Welsh in bilingual Welsh-English speaking children under the supervision of Prof. Ginny Gathercole and Dr. Enlli Thomas.

During the course of her postgraduate studies Kathryn collaborated with colleagues at Bangor on various projects relating to bilingual language acquisition and presented at two international conferences and one conference at Bangor. In 2012 she worked with Dr. Carolyn Letts on a project on bilingual language development, and collaborated with Ruth Townsley and colleagues on an assessment of provision for young people with learning difficulties in Wales. She also taught some lectures on research methods in psychology at undergraduate level at Bangor University.

Research Interests

Education in Wales – particularly education provision in rural areas and Welsh-medium education

Bilingual language acquisition and development – with a focus on the role of input and how varying levels of input in a bilingual’s languages shape the acquisition process

Current Research

Kathryn is currently involved in the newly-established WISERD Education project, and is also in the process of developing further publications from her previous work on bilingual language development.

Please click here to view Kathryn's official Cardiff University bio page.


Journal Papers

Sharp, K.M. & Gathercole, V.C.M. (2013). Can a novel word repetition task be a language-neutral assessment tool? Evidence from Welsh-English bilingual children, Child Language Teaching and Therapy, 29 (1), 77-89. Sage Publications: London.


K. Sharp, V. C. Mueller Gathercole, E.M.Thomas, & H. Stadthaghen Gonzalez -  “Morpho-Syntactic Complexity, Exposure, and Semantic Underpinnings in the Acquisition of Grammatical Gender in Welsh” 8th International Symposium on Bilingualism (ISB-8) Oslo, Norway (June 15–18, 2011)

K. Sharp - “The Ultimate Jigsaw Puzzle: Acquisition of Gender in Welsh”, 6th Celtic Linguistics Conference - University College Dublin, September 10-12, 2010

K. Sharp – “Children's productions of Welsh phones: implications for gender marking in Welsh”, First Bangor Postgraduate Conference on Bilingualism and Bimodalism, Bangor, Oct 3-4 2009



Latest News
Young People and Brexit

22nd March 2017

WISERD has recently been awarded ESRC funding to carry out a new interdisciplinary study into how young people in the UK feel about, and are responding to, the most significant policy issue of this Parliament: the UK’s exit from the European Union.


Poverty and Food Banks in Wales

16th March 2017

Poverty and the rise of food banks in Wales were the focus of research shared at WISERD’s latest civil society seminar, held at Cardiff last night. PhD student, David Beck and Dr Hefin Gwilym from Bangor University’s School of Social Sciences presented findings from their research exploring the experience of food poverty in Wales.


Featured Events
26 April, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Aberystwyth University (room to be confirmed)

As part of the WISERD Centre for Welsh Politics and Society Seminar Series, Dr Taulant Guma from the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences at Aberystwyth University presents emerging findings from the WISERD/Civil Society project on ‘Migrants, Minorities and Engagement in Local Civil Society’.