Staff Profiles: Prof. Nigel McLoughlin

Prof. Nigel McLoughlin

Staff Profile: Prof. Nigel McLoughlin
Professor of Creativity and Poetics

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.


I am a prize-winning Northern Irish poet with five collections of poetry in print, and I also have significant experience as an editor of anthologies and literary journals. My work has been widely published and was selected for inclusion on The Poetry Archive. I was elected a Fellow of the RSA in 2005, and awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2011.


Award Title Institution Date
PhD Creative Writing University of Lancaster 2004
MA Literary Linguistics University of Nottingham 2014
MSc Neuropsychology University of Bristol 2012
MA Creative Writing University of Lancaster 2000


National Teaching Fellow

University Teaching Fellow

Membership of professional bodies

Fellow, Higher Education Academy

Fellow, RSA

Member, Poetics and Linguistics Association

Member, International Association of Literary Semantics

Teaching and research


HM6107 Writing, Language and The Brain

HM6110 Poetry Masterclass

HM7107 Creativity

HM7108 Cognition, Language and Literature


Undergraduate, Postgraduate


Nigel’s research interests include: writing poetry; using cognitive stylistic approaches to examine how readers create meaning from texts; how the creative process operates, and the implications for teaching creative subjects. He would be pleased to supervise research students at Masters or Doctoral level that address his research interests.

External responsibilities

Subjects for media interviews


Writing poems

Teaching creative writing

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