BUILD A FUTURE YOU WANT TO LIVE IN
MEET THE PIONEERS
BA English Literature and Language, 2001-2005
PhD in Children’s and Victorian literature, 2005-2009
Adjunct professor at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
Working freelance as a Copy-editor, as well as writing a blog in her spare time
Studied alongside a variety of jobs including working at the library, a local bookstore, as a cleaner, and in the Cwrt Mawr offices. After falling in love with Aberystwyth, she continued to work with the university after graduating, starting as an administrator in the Human Resources department then moving on to the Estates department.
Moved back to London and worked as a Personal Assistant and Human Resources Administrator for the Aeronautics Department at Imperial College whilst working on gaining a GTP (Graduate Teacher Programme) However after having children, Jennifer switched career to home tutoring for more flexible work, and moved to America to accommodate growing family needs.
Currently 4 years in to 5 year goal of becoming a full time professor, teaching professional skills like CV writing as well as the occasional Literature class. Jen is also currently working on an edited collection on Winnie-the-Pooh for the University Press of Mississippi, and has a forthcoming monograph on YA dystopia for Lexington Books. She has recently published papers on Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and Neil Gaiman.
BA English and Creative Writing,
MA Criticism and Theory, Exeter, 2007
PhD English Studies, Exeter, 2011; became a teaching fellow during studies
Lecturer at Birmingham University in contemporary literature and digital cultures, 2014-2017; Senior Lecturer, 2017 onward
Co-director at the Centre for Digital Cultures, 2016 onward
Worked at a local butchers alongside studies and still misses Aberystwyth. Matthew describes self-funding both MA and PhD as overwhelming, and found it took about a year after his MA just to process everything he’d learnt.
Matthew’s current research focuses on Transhumanism (a philosophy that welcomes human modification to adapt and evolve using technology; eg. prosthetic limbs, implants, pace makers, or hearing aids could all be considered cyborg-esq. means of living/ evolving) and Posthumanism (a philosophy that challenges Humanism; questions whether humans are of primary importance in a global/ environmental/ philosophical context). This interest and career decision was inspired by Professor Matthew Jarvis’ research and teachings in Marxism and Ecocriticism, and will be developed in his next publication that explains the many differences between terms regarding humanism.
Matthew describes the research/ teaching/ admin balance outlined in the majority of teaching contracts with universities to be 1/3 of each. However, in reality, administrative duties of research lecturers are huge, and the line between work/ non-work time can become very quickly blurred. Because of this, it is difficult to quantify how much time is spent on each responsibility. This is a balance all lecturers and teachers struggle with, and it is important to be aware of this workload if you’re interested in entering the profession.
BA in Fine Art, 2013-2016
MA in Fine Art, 2017-2018
Practising Artist, currently exhibiting work in the group exhibition Another Line to Follow, Aberystwyth School of Art
Since graduating, Alysia has partaken in 7 group exhibitions, been featured in 4 publications, and sold numerous paintings. Her work ‘aims to recreate the feeling of being immersed in the landscape, and the ever-changing weather against the quiet, unyielding mass of the mountains.’ She draws on experiences from different places and landscapes, allowing them to blend and collide in her lively abstract oil paintings.
Some of the exhibitions and publications Alysia has featured in include: Pikchur Mag, WotisArt December 2018 Edition, and ‘Ones to watch’ exhibition at Sunny Bank Mills.