• Ph.D. Modern Women's Poetry, University of Leicester 
  • M.A. Modern Literature: Theory and Practice (Distinction), University of Leicester 
  • PGCE Secondary English, University of Oxford   
  • B.A. Hons. English (2:1), University of Leicester
    • Guildford High School
    • Wimbledon High School (A Levels: English; French; Latin)


Reader/Principal Lecturer in Twentieth-Century Literature, De Montfort University, 1991-2016. Roles included:

  • Departmental Programme Leader; Co-ordinator for departmental international students; Departmental Admissions Tutor; Personal Tutor.
  • Module Leader for specialist courses including C20/21 Literature, Postcolonial Writing, Contemporary Poetry, Introduction to the Novel (Bedford Campus), Shakespeare in Revision (Bedford Campus).
  • MA Modernism tutor; PhD supervisor and examiner. 


Teacher of English/Sixth Form Deputy Head, Weston Favell Upper School, Northampton, 1978-1990



Current Situation

Honorary Reader in the Faculty of Arts, Design & Humanities, De Montfort University. May 2018-2021.

Since June 2016, I retired from full-time work but continue to be research active. I have examined PhD theses, advised students on dissertation and essay writing, and undertaken consultancy work. 



Professional Development

Equality and Diversity  20 March 2013

Exceptional Teaching and Learning 1 November 2011

Recruitment and Selection Refresher 5 November 2010; [Initial training (Inc EO) 24 November 2006]

Running and Chairing Meetings and Working Groups 3 September 2009

Empowering Leader/Building Commitment 16 January 2009

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 9 March 2007

Helping Students in Distress 14 February 2007

Presentation Skills Workshop 3 November 2006

Vice Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award June 2006

Introducing and deepening reflection in undergraduate students 7 December 2005

Working Through Conflict 22 September 2005

Curriculum Development and Innovation Award May 2005

Understanding the implications of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Act (SENDA) 9 March 2005

Classroom Observation training 7 December 2004

Member of the Institute for Learning and Teaching December 2002

Research Supervision, 25 & 26 June 2001





Walking our dog in the beatuiful Oxfordshire countryside

Travel:  we have become enthusiasts of the nordic countries, particularly Iceland; regular trips to India; cruising.

Watching Nordic Noir and other international TV Series

Swimming, skiing.

Reading, of course. Co-founder of Upper Heyford Book Group

Spiritual practice that feeds into and is fed by compassionate action.


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