The School of Humanities and Social Science: Professorial Appointment(s) English
Faculty of Media, Arts and Social Science
The School of Humanities and Social Science: Professorial Appointment(s) English
Professorial pay range: £57766 - £93695
Closing date for applications is 30th April 2012
Appointment of Professor in English
The Research Centre for Literature and Cultural History
We are involved in two major collaborative research projects: the initiative to develop a Digital Archive of Working-Class Writing extends our engagement with acts of retrieval and the lives of ordinary people, past and present. It is managed by a steering group of staff from LJMU, Brunel, De Montfort, Manchester, and Reading. Prescot Renaissance, a community-focused project commemorating and investigating the Elizabethan theatre situated in Prescot, Merseyside, demonstrates our engagement with regionality and cultural regeneration. For further details, see the Background at the end of this document.
The Research Centre organises regular series of research seminars, hosts conferences, invites distinguished overseas intellectuals to act as Visiting Professors and creates a forum in which the meaning, purposes and practicalities of interdisciplinary research can be debated.
For details of staff research interests, seminars and events see our website:
Research Profile in English:
The undergraduate programmes in English have been recognised as demonstrating an outstanding degree of commitment to intellectual engagement and innovation in all parts of the curriculum. This curriculum covers all periods from the late-sixteenth century to the present and comprises theme- and issue-based modules involving the study of literary and non-literary texts and their contexts. For further details of its portfolio of modules see: The department has had consistently strong NSS results, and averages 91-92% overall satisfaction. The English programme underwent a full review in 2010-11. For further details of its most recent portfolio of modules see below.
We run a Research Masters programme, run within the faculty framework and supported by fee bursaries. In addition to our MRes programme, we have a number of doctoral students working in the fields of seventeenth-century, nineteenth-century and contemporary British and American writing, with a strong emphasis on cultural history. These students attend and contribute to our regular research seminars.
English at LJMU has a strong identity and ethos and is committed to participative and collaborative work.
The undergraduate programmes in Creative Writing have an overall satisfaction rating of 93% and a unique feature of the course is the way in which it feeds from and contributes to the cultural life beyond the university. This manifests itself outside the curriculum, but also within, as seen in the NAWE recognised Writer at Work module.
An example in the way in which the Creative Writing department reaches out into the community is the work it accomplished through Free To Write, a project funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and collaborating with HMP Liverpool, Merseyside Probation Services and Liverpool City Libraries. Free To Write used creative and life writing as a means of addressing recidivism and was hosted by six different inmate and ex-offender institutions in the region, producing magazines and performances, and culminating in an imminent publication, Free To Write, Headland Press.
English at LJMU is primarily located within The School of Humanities and Social Science (http://www.ljmu.ac.uk/HSS/index.htm) but also has strong links with Liverpool Screen School (http://www.ljmu.ac.uk/lss/), as a number of students on joint honours programmes work across both Schools. We also share a number of research interests with staff in both areas. Creative Writing is located within Liverpool Screen School but again works closely with staff in English and with the Research centre for Literature and Cultural History.
Both Schools are located within:
The Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies
The Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies was created in 2011. The Faculty consists of five Schools:
In total there are currently some 7,500 fte students in the faculty. There are significant synergies within and between the Schools across programmes with interests in cross- and inter-disciplinarity. The Faculty enjoys excellent relations with the local media, arts and cultural organisations and the local business community; it collaborates with a range of external partners on research and enterprise projects. Examples of recent developments at Masters level are a MA in Cultural Leadership in partnership with Liverpool’s arts and cultural organisations and industries; MRes programmes in Modern History and Critical Social Science. The Faculty has collaborative partnerships with the BBC, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool Biennial, FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), Merseyside Police and many local and regional organisations and companies relevant to its programmes.
The Faculty is currently undergoing a major accommodation review and this has resulted in a new purpose-built building for the Liverpool School of Art and Design opened in 2009 (see: http://www.ljmu.ac.uk/ada/ ), to be followed by adjacent developments for the Liverpool Screen School, the Liverpool Business School and the School of Law which will be housed in the new Redmonds Building in the summer of 2012 (see: http://www.ljmu.ac.uk/PRS/94589.htm ) The Aldham Robarts Learning Resource Centre services the Faculty, offering dedicated library and information technology support to students and staff.
Liverpool John Moores University
Liverpool John Moores University is a forward-looking, modern University which aims to promote a creative and innovative culture. Our mission is:
The appointment process
The deadline for applications is 30th April 2012
Candidates who which to discuss the position informally may contact the Chair of the Research Centre: Professor Glenda Norquay: G.Norquay@ljmu.ac.uk; telephone: 0151 231 5013.
Background: Current projects:
Prescot Renaissance: Prescot Renaissance brings together two projects centred in the town of Prescot in the Merseyside borough of Knowsley. English at LJMU is crucially involved in both project strands.
Prescot Townscape Heritage Initiative
Members of English at LJMU are involved in the development of this project and in brokering its interaction with the Shakespeare North project. LJMU students are undertaking work-placements in Prescot relating to the project, researching the cultural history of buildings, leading community consultations, recording the progress of the project itself, and producing plays, autobiographical writings, poems, and visual projection materials.
Archive of Working-Class Writing (AWW)
Developed and funded by LJMU, the digital Archive will offer public access to a wide range of working-class writing scanned from archival manuscripts, rare print material, out-of-copyright published works and out-of-print publications. The texts (OCRed or transcribed where possible, otherwise in pdf format) will have associated bibliographical, authorial & other metadata and will allow for full-text and keyword searches.
The Archive will also provide a range of electronic scholarly resources for research and teaching, including bibliographies, critical introductions and commentary as well as links to related scholarly and community project websites.
Digital humanities methodologies will be used to prepare and digitise texts for presentation and searching online. In the initial stages, this will involve scanning texts and converting them to a digital format using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software; they will then be converted according to the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) guidelines to facilitate more accurate full-text searches. Manuscript materials unsuitable for OCR will be scanned as pdf files, and (where resources allow) transcribed in order to preserve accuracy and make them fully searchable. The final presentation of texts will be a combination of facsimile page images and transcriptions.
The English degree at John Moores offers students a wide-ranging education in British and American literature and culture from the early modern period to the present, as well as the opportunity to specialise in certain fields, such as gender, race, nationhood, and contemporary popular culture. Students progress through the three levels as follows:
At Level 4 four core modules prepare students for the degree by introducing disciplinary knowledge and skills through the study of traditions, genres and periods. All our students take a module in ‘Reading English’, an introduction to the discipline at undergraduate level and a ‘Tutorial Module’, which focuses on the 1950s and 60s and introduces methodological issues in the study of literature and cultural history while also offering pastoral support. Single Honours students also take ‘American Classics’, which engages with American literature and ideas of canon formation and ‘World Time and Text’ which addresses intertextuality and global contexts.
At Level 5 students take two core modules: ‘Theoretical and Critical Perspectives’ which provides the underpinning to further explorations of periods and cultural formations, and a ‘Work-based Learning’ module for which a number of opportunities in British and American workplaces are available. They then take three others from a range of modules which introduce themes, such as ‘Relating Gender’ or periods, such as ‘Romanticism and the Real: Politics and Culture in the Nineteenth Century’ or ‘Modernism Now’. Others address specific themes or writers: ‘Shakespeare’; ‘Prison Voices’; ‘Literature and Madness’; ‘Cultures of Childhood’.
In the final year students are encouraged to develop their own interests and work more independently, while encountering the research specialisms of staff in the department. At Level 6 students have the opportunity to write a Dissertation. They are also presented with a wide choice of more specialist modules which includes: ‘Representing Masculinities’; ‘Adolescence and Writing’; ‘Evil in America’; ‘Stage Worlds: Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama’; ‘Our House: Representing Domestic Space in Contemporary Culture’; ‘Post-Millennial British Fiction’; ‘Vamps and Villains: Exploring Gothic Fiction’; ‘Writing Lives: the Archive of Working-class Writing’; ‘Writing the Real: Contemporary Non-Fiction’ ‘Codex to Kindle: Reading Into the Digital Age’; ‘Tales of the Marketplace: Capitalism and Critique’.
Background: Creative Writing at LJMU
At Level 6 students take full advantage of the opportunity for self-directed writing. Benefiting from the teaching in the first two years, they live the life of a professional writer. In the second semester they write alone and closely consider their writing in supervised workshop groups, planning, researching, implementing, re-prioritising and re-drafting with a view to placing the finished work in the marketplace. This is supported by the Writer at Work module in which a broad cross-section of representatives and practitioners from the professions give guest lectures.