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Dr Lynda Prescott

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Profile summary

  • Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching Innovation)
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Art His, Class St, Eng&CW, Mus
  • English & Creative Writing
  • lynda.prescott

Professional biography

My links to the Open University go back to 1977 when I enrolled as a student on an education course after taking my first degree, in English Studies, at the University of Nottingham. I subsequently became a part-time postgraduate research student at the OU: my doctoral thesis was on fiction and history in the work of V.S.Naipaul.

I taught in the University of Nottingham's Adult Education Department before taking up a lectureship at the University of Bradford's Department of Interdisciplinary Human Studies in 1994. I became an OU Staff Tutor in 2000, served as head of the Department of English (2011-2015) and was appointed as the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences's first Associate Dean (Learning & Teaching Innovation) in 2016.


Research interests

My main areas of literary interest are in the relationship between fictional and nonfictional narratives, travel-writing and life-writing. In terms of period, most of my work has focused on nineteenth and twentieth century literature. Recent doctoral supervision includes theses on Thomas Hardy, Lionel Britton, Louis MacNeice, J.G.Farrell and James Boswell.
During the time I have worked at the Open University, I have become increasingly interested in e-learning, and the scholarship of teaching and learning more broadly. In 2013-14 I was awarded a Teaching Development Grant from the Higher Education Academy for a project on ‘Fostering academic integrity via online collaborative writing’, and in 2014-15 I led an OU team working on the theme of engaged student learning as part of the HEA's Strategic Enhancement Programme. I am a member of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and have contributed to ISSOTL conferences in Hamilton, Ontario (2012) and Lund, Sweden (2017).


Recent publications include:
'The Short Story Anthology: shaping the canon,' in The Cambridge History of the English Short Story, ed. Dominic Head (Cambridge University Press, 2016)
Futures for English Studies: Teaching Language, Literature and Creative Writing in Higher Education, co-edited with Ann Hewings and Philip Seargeant (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016)
'Using collaboration to foster academic integrity', Open Learning, vol.31, no.2 (2016)

Teaching interests

Amongst the materials I have written for OU modules are chapters on Kipling, Conrad, Pat Barker and Dickens. As a spin-off from writing about Dickens for a level 1 module, for the Dickens bi-centenary in 2012 I was academic consultant for an itunes album focusing on Dickens’ public readings. I edited a volume of short stories, A World of Difference, for our major level 1 module, The Arts Past and Present (AA100), and chaired the new level 1 module Voices, Texts and Material Culture (A105), which entered the curriculum in 2014. Most recently I was academic editor of Realities 1800-1870, the first book of Literature in transition: from 1800 to the present (A335). I received an OU individual Teaching Award in 2012 and became a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2016.

Research Activity

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
Postcolonial Literatures Research GroupGroupFaculty of Arts

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