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Professor Peter Childs

Professor Peter Childs

Peter Childs

Leading the University's Research Office, Peter Childs is Dean of Research and Professor of Modern English Literature. Peter has overall responsibility for research developments supporting staff and students across the University and oversees the Postgraduate Research Centre, led by Dr Ros Jennings, the Research Office (Dr Debra Marshall – Research Development) and the University's Research Development Group.

In terms of his own research, Peter specialises in literature since 1900 and has published numerous essays and articles on authors such as Paul Scott, Ian McEwan, E. M. Forster and Hanif Kureishi. He has additionally edited or written over a dozen books on diverse subjects ranging from contemporary British culture to post-colonial theory. Peter's published works include: Paul Scott's Raj Quartet, The Twentieth Century in Poetry, Modernism: the New Critical Idiom, Post-Colonial Theory and English Literature, The Routledge Encyclopedia of Contemporary British Culture, and Reading Fiction: Opening the Text. Recent books include Contemporary Novelists: British Fiction Since 1970 for Palgrave Macmillan, Texts: Contemporary Cultural Texts and Critical Approaches for Edinburgh University Press, The Routledge Dictionary of Literary Terms, and Modernism and the Post-Colonial for Continuum. He has published most recently on Ian McEwan and contemporary British heritage fiction, and is currently researching a monograph on Julian Barnes for Manchester University Press. Peter was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy in 2004 and elected a Fellow of the English Association in 2005.

Professor Peter Childs' CV



  • BA (Hons) Economics, University of Leeds 1984
  • BA (Hons) OU, Open University 1989
  • MA University of Keele 1990
  • PhD University of Keele 1993


  • University Teaching Fellowship, Liverpool John Moores University 1996
  • University Teaching Fellowship, University of Gloucestershire 2001
  • National Teaching Fellowship, 2004
  • Fellow, English Association, 2005 on

Previous Employment History

  • 3M (UK) Plc, 1984-89, Senior Analyst/Programmer
  • Crewe and Alsager College of HE, 1990-91, Lecturer in English
  • Liverpool John Moores University, 1993-8, Senior Lecturer in English

University of Gloucestershire Posts

  • Senior Lecturer in English 1981-90
  • Principal Lecturer and Academic Dean of Arts & Humanities 2001-3
  • Professor of English and Deputy Head of Humanities 2003-5
  • Dean of Research 2005 to present

Management Training

  • Research Team Leadership (2006) LFHE
  • Preparing for Senior Strategic Leadership (2006) LFHE and Senior Strategic Leadership (2008) LFHE

Research Supervision

  • Supervised five doctoral candidates and one MPhil to successful completion

University Committees and Groups

As Dean of Research, responsible for:

  • University Research Degrees Committee and Research Ethics Subcommittee
  • University Research Development Group
  • Validation Committees (several)
  • Pedagogic Research & Scholarship Institute Management Team

Member of:

  • Academic Board
  • University Costing and Pricing Committee
  • Academic Development Unit
  • Senior Management Group

As Academic Dean of Arts and Humanities:

  • Chair of Faculty Academic Management Group
  • Member of Deputy Vice-Chancellor’s Advisory Group

As Deputy Head of School of Humanities:

  • Chair or Member of departmental and faculty committees
  • Member of University Information Systems Committee
  • Member of University Teaching and Learning Committee
  • Member of Academic Board

Appointments and Memberships

Visiting appointments

  • University of Parma, Italy, Visiting Professor 2003

Extramural activities

  • Member of UK Council for Graduate Education (UKCGE), Association for University Research and Industry Links (AURIL), Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) and Association of Research Managers and Administrators (ARMA)
  • Council of University Deans of Arts and Humanities (CUDAH), 2001-5
  • Committee Member, HERDA South-West Research Interest Group
  • Gloucestershire Research Consortium

External examinerships

  • South Bank University, English and Theatre, 2002-6
  • Bath Spa University College, Masters by Research, 2004
  • University of East London, English and Media, 2003-8




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