Career and Qualifications

Career and Qualifications


  • I studied at St Andrews University, achieving a first-class MA in English Language and Literature.  In 1998, I won the Class Medal for English, the Samuel Rutherford Prize for the best student in the graduating Honours English class, and the Catherine Wyatt-Fenty Prize for the best dissertation (the dissertation was on Philip Larkin, Barbara Pym and John Betjeman).  I was also proxime accessit for the Miller Prize in Arts for the most outstanding graduating student.


  • I then studied at The Queen’s College, Oxford University, for the M.Phil and D.Phil, both funded by the AHRC (with the Matthew Arnold Memorial Prize proxime in 2003).  My M.Phil and D.Phil theses were on Edward Thomas.


  • I have held lectureships at Oxford (St Edmund Hall 2005-6 and Merton 2006-7), Swansea, Brighton and London (Queen Mary) as well as a teaching fellowship at St Andrews.  I was a Moore Institute Visiting Research Fellow at NUI Galway during 2015-16, and an Ernest Walder Memorial Scholar at Gladstone’s Library during 2017.  I gave the British Academy’s Chatterton Lecture on Poetry in November 2018.


  • I am a Professor of British Literature and Culture, Associate Dean, Head of English and Head of the School of Humanities at Liverpool Hope University.  I started working at Liverpool Hope in January 2012.