• 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. Keen member of Poetry and Book Groups.

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


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