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    Dr Emma Young
    Academic Development Lecturer
    ​PhD, PGCAP, MA, BA (Hons). Emma Young is one of the Academic Development​ Lecturers at UCO. She has worked as a Learning Development Tutor and Associate Lecturer in English Literature at numerous universities.​​

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Before joining UCO, Emma worked as a Learning Development Tutor at Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln and as an Associate Lecturer in English Literature at various HE institutions. Having gained a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice from the University of Salford (2014), Emma is incredibly passionate about teaching and learning in Higher Education. Alongside this work she remains an active researcher in the field of contemporary literature. Having gained a BA (Hons) degree in English Literature (2010), she undertook an MA specialising in Modern and Contemporary Literature at the University of Leicester (2011), before completing her PhD thesis on the relationship between contemporary women short story writers and feminist politics (University of Lincoln, 2015).

Emma has published journal articles and won prizes for her work on the Irish-Canadian writer Emma Donoghue, co-edited a collection of essays on British women's short story writing from 1900-present (EUP, 2015), and is currently writing a book on contemporary British woman's short story writing. Emma is a strong advocate of the importance of research in Higher Education for ensuring the quality of teaching and learning activity. She has experience organising international conferences on contemporary women’s writing and other public-facing academic events. ​
As an Academic Development Lecturer, Emma works closely with staff and students to help students develop their academic writing skills and support their transition into working at this higher skills level. Emma is responsible for the provision of individual tutorials, group workshops and study skills resources. Emma liaises with subject lecturers to design and deliver bespoke academic development​ elements of professional development modules.

As part of the Academic Development team, Emma teaches on the Academic English Course (delivered in May-June each year to prepare students for the following academic year). She also supports the running of the institutions peer-assisted learning (PAL) scheme, which aims to make for an easier transition from FE to HE and support first-year students with their new learning experience. Emma is an active member of the Research and Scholarly Activity Committee and the Teaching and Learning Committee at UCO. ​
  • Academic and Professional Skills module
  • Academic English course and Academic Writing Course
  • Individual tutorials and group sessions on various aspects of academic writing and skills
Monographs and Edited Collections Young, Emma and James Bailey (eds.) British Women Short Story Writers: New Woman to Now. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2015.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters Young, Emma, ‘Feminist F(r)iction? Short Stories and Feminist Politics at the Millennial Moment’ in British Women Short Story Writers: New Woman to Now ed. by Young and Bailey (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2015)

Young, Emma and James Bailey, ‘Introduction’ in British Women Short Story Writers: New Woman to Now ed. by Young and Bailey Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2015)

Young, Emma, ‘“Annihilate but space and time, And make two lovers happy”: National Homelands and Lesbian Relationships in Emma Donoghue’s Landing’, Peer English. 9 (2014): 108-121.

Young, Emma, ‘No Place like Home: Re-writing “Home” and Re-locating Lesbianism in Emma Donoghue’s Stir-Fry (1994) and Hood (1995)’ Journal of International Women’s Studies: Special Issue. 14:4 (2013): 5-18.

Selected Conference Presentations and Invited Lectures April 2016 [Invited Speaker] Plenary Lecture: ‘Tales of Femininity and Sexuality: Competing Discourses and the Negotiation of Feminisms Today’. International Seminar: Gender and Short Fiction: Women's Tales in Contemporary Britain University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

June 2014 ‘Bursting Brevity with Saturated Worlds: Virginia Woolf and the Short Story’s Moment’, 24th Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf: Writing the World, Loyola University Chicago.

May 2014 [Invited Speaker] ‘Public Engagement and Contemporary Women’s Writing’, Creating New Audiences for Contemporary Women’s Writing, AHRC-funded CWW Skills Training Programme, University of Brighton (co-delivered with Professor Gina Wisker and Professor Lucie Armitt).

March 2014 ‘Literary Lolitas/ Defiled Dolls: Adolescent Prostitution in Twenty-First Century Women’s Writing’, Literary Dolls: The Female Textual Body from the 19th Century to Now, Durham University (co-presenter Claire O’Callaghan)

June 2013 ‘Moments of Masculinity: History, Crisis and Identity in Rose Tremain’s Short Stories’, International Conference on Narrative 2013, Manchester Metropolitan University.​
2013 FWSA Essay Prize Winner for ‘No Place like Home: Re-writing “Home” and Re-locating Lesbianism in Emma Donoghue’s Stir-Fry (1994) and Hood (1995)’

2012 Co-author and Named Applicant: AHRC Student-Led Collaborative Funding Award entitled ‘#theC21scholar: Digital Engagement for Postgraduates in the Arts and Humanities’ (£3000)

Research Interests and Specialist Interest
  • Contemporary British literature, especially women’s writing
  • Feminisms, gender and sexual politics
  • Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
External Appointments and Partnerships
  • Executive Committee Member (Treasurer) for Contemporary Women’s Writing Association (CWWA) – an international academic organisation.
  • Steering Group Member for Association of Learning Developers in Higher Education (ALDinHE) and co-chair of the Events Management Working Group

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