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Rebecca Fisher

A focused and hardworking young professional with a passion for learning and helping others to do the same.

  • My primary role is as the Academic Manager for Global Shakespeare, a project based at the University of Warwick and Queen Mary University London. I'm responsible for our Master's programme, admissions, events, and marketing and promotion. I also support an extraordinary team of researchers who are exploring Shakespeare's place in a globalised world.
  • I am also the Academic Project Manager for the Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning at the University of Warwick, creating bespoke academic courses for international partners and managing a diverse portfolio of teaching and learning projects.
  • I'm also working in an interdisciplinary team with IATL on The Dark Would, a project exploring space and pedagogy. Our first event was a great success, and we have recently been featured in the Times Higher Education magazine.
  • I also project-manage a European Commission-funded project, BLASTER, which is researching Liberal Arts and Science education in Europe in partnership with several European institutions.

Recent activities

  • I was awarded funding by Warwick's Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning to design and deliver a training programme which recognised, developed and rewarded the skills of administrative staff who are involved in teaching and learning in any form.
  • I am also the HELOA UK Training Officer. Find out more about HELOA.
  • I'm also a Postdoctoral Associate Fellow in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies at the Universty of Warwick.

My background

  • Between 2011 and 2012 I was an Associate University Teacher in Historical Linguistics at the University of Sheffield, a post I took up after completing my PhD. You can see some of my students in action doing some fantastic public engagement work courtesy of the Huffington Post.
  • My doctoral thesis -- entitled Writing charms: The performance and transmission of charms in Anglo-Saxon England -- explored the magico-medical texts in use in England between the seventh and twelfth centuries.
  • I really enjoy working with the public, and have recently discovered Pecha Kuchas as a great way of talking about research. See me in action at the Coventry Pecha Kucha night in December 2012 (talking about Anglo-Saxon drinking habits) and at the Coventry Mysteries Pecha Kucha Night in June 2013 (at which I unveiled a new work of poetry, inspired by an Anglo-Saxon text and produced in conjunction with two local writers).
  • Listen to me and several other Sheffield medieval alums performing as Vikings and Anglo-Saxons in the Illuminating York Festival as part of the Triquetra installation(Video clip). I've also played the role of the medieval Lady Wulfrun in an installation(Video clip) in Wolverhampton.
  • You might have heard me on the radio - in 2011 I was invited to read some news stories in Old English, in 2013 I helped BBC Coventry and Warwickshire to explore the etymology of some placenames in Coventry.
  • I run the Sheffield Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Society, which offers a talk on an aspect of the medieval world every three months.
  • I'm fascinated by how we teach and learn, and, having recently been awarded Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, am working towards achieving Fellow status.

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Rebecca Fisher

Rebecca dot Fisher at warwick dot ac dot uk