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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.

Join me on!


Rebecca Fisher

Rebecca dot Fisher at warwick dot ac dot uk