Daniel Weston read English Language and Literature at BA level at the University of Oxford, and received his MPhil and PhD in English and Applied Linguistics from the University of Cambridge. Prior to taking up a position at HKU, he was employed at Birkbeck University of London, Portsmouth University, and, latterly, at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). His work takes place at the intersection of linguistics and education, with a specific focus on academic gatekeeping encounters. He is particularly interested in how candidates applying for academic positions – from prospective undergraduates to established academics – are tested and evaluated by their interviewers. This research profile is complemented by other interests in bilingual pragmatics (code-switching), dialectology (World Englishes) and historical sociolinguistics. He is currently collaborating with the University of Cambridge on a project examining the communicative effectiveness of the undergraduate admissions interview. To this end, he is an affiliate and visiting scholar at the Cambridge Language Sciences Interdisciplinary Research Centre, as well as an advisor and contributor at the Anglia Ruskin Research Centre for Intercultural and Multilingual Studies (ARRCIMS), and a member of the SOAS Regional Advisory Committee of the Global Council on Anthropological Linguistics.