Staff


The English staff have expertise in a diverse range of areas in English Literature, English Language, and Linguistics.

They have won numerous awards for teaching excellence including a National Teaching Fellowship, Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, University Teaching Fellowship and staff excellence awards.

They have all published research with leading academic publishers, including books, journal articles and chapters in edited volumes.

Arran Stibbe


Arran's teaching and research focuses on how language makes us who we are as people, and the role of language in building the kind of society we live in, using discourse analysis and ecolinguistics.

Charlotte Beyer


Charlotte is a contemporary literature specialist, with a background in gender and women's studies. Her teaching includes crime fiction, postcolonial writing, and American and British literature. She has published widely on crime fiction, gender, and contemporary literature.

Hilary Weeks


Hilary researches and teaches in nineteenth-century British and European literature, travel writing, art and architecture, and visual and verbal affinities.

John Hughes


John runs modules that allow students to address and develop their individual approaches. His research interests are in the work of Thomas Hardy, William Wordsworth and also Bob Dylan.

Jonathan Marshall


Jonathan's research area is socio-linguistics and dialectology. He specialises in developing theoretical models of the diffusion of language change.

Kirsten Daly


Kirsten studies the relationship between literature and history. Her current work on private theatrical performances in eighteenth-century Ireland is based on archival research and brings into play her interest in material and visual culture.

Nicola Rivers


Nicola explores diversity within feminist thought and contemporary social issues such as globalisation, multiculturalism, diversity, race and identity in her research and teaching.

Paul Innes


Paul is a specialist in Shakespeare studies and is particularly interested in what his plays meant at the time they were written and how they were performed on his own stage.

Rowan Middleton


Rowan's research and teaching explores the way in which literature and creative writing allows us to explore ourselves and the world around us.