Staff Profiles: Being Human - Past, Present and Future

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Dr. Ying Li

Dr. Ying Li

Academic Course Leader for Landscape Architecture BA (Hons)

Design

A cross-cultural and interdisciplinary approach is the focus of Ying's research, teaching, and practice in Landscape and Urban Design. This enthusiasm came from her early childhood education in Music and Classical Chinese Poetry. As the First Chinese Course Leader in Landscape Architecture in the UK since the Landscape Institute founded in 1929. Ying believes that she has the responsibility to carry forward the spirit of Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe and contribute to making Landscape Architecture as the most Comprehensive of the Arts in the 21st century.

Dr. Christian O'Connell

Dr. Christian O'Connell

Academic Course Leader in History

Religious, Philosophical and Historical Studies

I am a Senior Lecturer in American history, teaching courses on democracy and slavery in the 19th century, reconstruction and the South after the Civil War, major themes in 20th century US history, and the long civil rights movement.

Arran Stibbe

Arran Stibbe

Professor of Ecological Linguistics

Literary and Critical Studies

In my teaching and research I focus 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.

Dr. Martin Wood

Dr. Martin Wood

Course Leader in Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

Religious, Philosophical and Historical Studies

My love of religion stems from several years spent with a backpack, travelling through Australasia, East Asia and India encountering Maoris, Buddhists and Hindus, sharing food and exchanging thoughts and experiences.

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Senja Andrejevic-Bullock

Lecturer in Dramatic Writing

Literary and Critical Studies

I’m a playwright and a prose writer, whose work has been performed at The Everyman Studio in Cheltenham and published in The Lampeter Review, The Wrong Quarterly, Scrutiny Journal, Storgy Literary Magazine, The Dawntreader, Literary Mama, Brain, Child, and other magazines. My research interests include migrations, displacement and identity.

Dr. Charlotte Beyer

Dr. Charlotte Beyer

Senior Lecturer in English Studies

Literary and Critical Studies

I am a contemporary literature specialist, with a background in gender and women's studies. My teaching and module tutor responsibilities include crime fiction, postcolonial writing, and contemporary American and British literature.

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Prof. Richard Billingham

Professor of Fine Art

Art

Photography

Richard Billingham is an artist, photographer, filmmaker and teacher. Work in public collections includes The Metropolitan Museum New York; San Francisco MOMA and the V&A and Tate Galleries London.

Dr. Kirsten Daly

Dr. Kirsten Daly

Senior Lecturer in English Literature (Romanticism)

Literary and Critical Studies

My love of eighteenth-century literature began whilst studying the poetry of Alexander Pope at school and I discovered the Romantics whilst reading English Literature at university.

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Dr. Duncan Dicks

Lecturer in Creative Writing

Literary and Critical Studies

I am a writer with special interest in crime fiction as a reflection of contemporary society.

Prof. Philip Esler

Prof. Philip Esler

Portland Chair in New Testament Studies

Religious, Philosophical and Historical Studies

I specialise in the interpretation of biblical and extra-biblical texts and ancient legal papyri using social-scientific ideas and perspectives to open up new lines of enquiry and to help understand the results.

Dr. Angela France

Dr. Angela France

Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing

Literary and Critical Studies

I write and teach poetry and have published four poetry books, Occupation (2009), Lessons in Mallemaroking (2011), Hide (2013). and The Hill (2017). I also have an interest in writing for well-being and run writing workshops in the community.

Dr. Abigail Gardner

Dr. Abigail Gardner

Reader in Music and Media. Media School Research Lead

Music and Media

Film and Television

I work on music (video, music documentary, age, gender). I produce community media and film. I am currently working on an Erasmus+ project on digital storytelling.

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Dr. Robin Griffiths

Senior Lecturer in Film Studies

Literary and Critical Studies

What I love most about teaching is the opportunity to introduce students to films that not only challenge them to rethink what cinema is now, but more importantly, what it could be in the future.

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Dr. Beatrice Hitchman

Lecturer in Creative Writing

Literary and Critical Studies

I'm a novelist and Lecturer in Creative Writing. I teach historical fiction, the short story, autobiography and on the critical side, my research encompasses queer fiction and the endings of novels.

Prof. Melanie Ilic

Prof. Melanie Ilic

Professor of Soviet History

Religious, Philosophical and Historical Studies

I teach Russian and Soviet history and historical research methods.

Dr. Paul Innes

Dr. Paul Innes

Academic Subject Leader in Literary and Critical Studies

Literary and Critical Studies

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

Dr. Roy Jackson

Dr. Roy Jackson

Reader in Philosophy of Religion, Academic Course Leader for MA in Philosophical and Religious Thought

Religious, Philosophical and Historical Studies

I am a Reader in the Philosophy of Religion, teaching courses on Islam, Nietzsche, Greek philosophy, and philosophy of religion.

Prof. Ros Jennings

Prof. Ros Jennings

University Head of Posgraduate Research, Co-Director of the Centre for Women, Ageing and Media (WAM)

Film and Television

Music and Media

I am passionate about fighting cultural ageism through my own and collaborative research activism. As a manager, mentor and supervisor my role is to support early career researchers to produce research that empowers women to not fear growing old.

Dr. Mike D.D. Johnstone

Dr. Mike D.D. Johnstone

Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing

Literary and Critical Studies

I'm the author of three novels and I'm now writing a non-fiction book about European history. I teach prose fundamentals, short story writing, and theory for writers.

Dr. Lania Knight

Dr. Lania Knight

Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing

Literary and Critical Studies

I've wanted to be a writer since the fifth grade. I love story, whether it's made up or true-to-life. My family is chock-full of storytellers, and I'm glad to be continuing the tradition.

Dr. William Large

Dr. William Large

Reader in Continental Philosophy

Religious, Philosophical and Historical Studies

I teach and write philosophy. In a world of cynicism, opportunism and anxiety, I hope, by the end of the course, my students have the courage to be themselves.

Dr. Adrian Long

Dr. Adrian Long

Senior Lecturer in Theology and Biblical Studies

Religious, Philosophical and Historical Studies

Biblical and theological perspectives offer sometimes surprising, sometimes problematic insights on what it means to be human. I’m fascinated by the hard questions they provoke for understanding who we are and how we might live.

Dr. Jonathan Marshall

Dr. Jonathan Marshall

Senior Lecturer in English Language

Literary and Critical Studies

I completed a BA and MA in Linguistics, before doing a PhD in Linguistics at the University of Reading. My research area is Sociolinguistics and Dialectology. I specialise in developing theoretical models of the diffusion of language change.

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Prof. Gordon McConville

Professor of Old Testament Theology

Religious, Philosophical and Historical Studies

I teach Biblical Studies, particularly Old Testament, but have a broad interest in Christian theology. I try to show that theology has a continuing and urgent relevance to the modern world.

Prof. Nigel McLoughlin

Prof. Nigel McLoughlin

Professor of Creativity and Poetics

Literary and Critical Studies

I teach the craft of writing poetry, and modules related to my other areas of interest, including cognitive stylistic methods of analysing texts; the creative processes involved in writing; and how language is processed in the brain.

Dr. Rowan Middleton

Dr. Rowan Middleton

Lecturer in English Literature and Creative Writing

Literary and Critical Studies

I love the way in which literature and creative writing allows us to explore ourselves and the world around us.

Dr. Kayleigh Moore

Dr. Kayleigh Moore

Lecturer in Creative Writing

Literary and Critical Studies

I'm a short story writer and novelist with an interest in the challenging, taboo and profane. I am fascinated by the origins of such stories, and the motivation of their creators.

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Matthew Murray

Senior Lecturer Editorial and Advertising Photography

Photography

Matthew Murray shoots above the line advertising campaigns for some of the worlds leading advertising agencies Saatchi & Saatchi, M&C Saatchi, TBWA, VCCP, Leo Burnett, BBDO/CLM, Paris, BWM, Sydney. Editorials clients VICE, i-D Magazine, Port Magazine, Independent, Guardian, Dazed Digital.

Dr. Erin Peters

Dr. Erin Peters

Lecturer in Early Modern History

Religious, Philosophical and Historical Studies

I am a lecturer in early modern history with research interests in seventeenth-century Britain and interdisciplinary expertise in memory, commemoration and post-conflict studies in early modern Europe.

Dr. Pekka Pitkänen

Dr. Pekka Pitkänen

Senior Lecturer in Liberal and Performing Arts

Religious, Philosophical and Historical Studies

My main area of specialisation is the study of the sacred texts of Christianity (Old Testament/Hebrew Bible) in the context of the ancient world from a number of perspectives including archaeology, sociology and anthropology.

Dr. Martin Randall

Dr. Martin Randall

Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing

Literary and Critical Studies

Film and Television

I teach prose on all three undergraduate levels and my specialisms include the American short story, experimental writing, theories of the novel, historical fiction and transgressive writing.

Dr. Vicky Randall

Dr. Vicky Randall

Senior Lecturer in History

Religious, Philosophical and Historical Studies

I have a specialist interest in European Intellectual History, and am particularly interested in the relationship between race, religion and historiography in the nineteenth century.

Prof. Melissa Raphael

Prof. Melissa Raphael

Professor

Religious, Philosophical and Historical Studies

Religion gets a mixed press these days and it seems ever more important to be well-informed about it as both a conceptual system and a way of living.

Dr. Benjamin Screech

Dr. Benjamin Screech

Lecturer in Primary English

Teacher Education

I am passionate about supporting ITE students to reach their potential as innovative and dynamic teachers of English.

Miranda Walker

Miranda Walker

Lecturer in Creative Writing

Literary and Critical Studies

I write drama and comedy for stage, TV & radio. I’m passionate about introducing students to the professional scriptwriting world, passing on tools for success alongside theoretical understanding. I also write children’s books.

Dr. Hilary Weeks

Dr. Hilary Weeks

Senior Lecturer in English Literature

Literary and Critical Studies

As a former medievalist I know that where we begin may not be where we find ourselves eventually. My road took me from a bookshop in London to an academic career via several years living, working and studying in the USA.