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.
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.
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