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Dr Ursula Clayton

clayton 2Teaching Fellow

ursula dot clayton at warwick dot ac dot uk

Humanities Building
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL


Dr Ursula Clayton is Teaching Fellow in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies, and teaches on the English and Comparative Literary Studies program.

Ursula graduated from Royal Holloway with a first-class degree in English Literature and Creative Writing in 2013, receiving the Gertrude Schryver Prize and RHUL English: Creative Writing Prize. Awarded a Principal’s Masters postgraduate scholarship, Ursula stayed at Royal Holloway to complete a MA in Shakespeare Studies before embarking on a PhD program funded by the AHRC (TECHNE consortium). Ursula also received an International Placement Scheme scholarship from the AHRC to conduct research at the Huntington Library, California.

From 2019-20, Ursula was Humanities Teaching Fellow at The Centre for the Development of Academic Skills at Royal Holloway, and convened courses for the university’s new Integrated Foundation Year program on L3/HE Study Skills and Digital Cultures.

An advocate for widening participation in Higher Education, Ursula worked with community partners to launch The Libertea Project in 2018, which uses Suffragist history to inspire the next generation to find their political voices. Currently, the project runs across London and the South West of England. Ursula also works as an educational mentor for the Refugee Support Network.

Research Interests

My research considers Shakespearean and early modern conceptions of parasitism, as articulated in scientific, philosophical, and socio-political discourses. I am currently completing my first monograph on this topic. Whilst broadly historicist in its intentions and methodology, this work is significantly informed by contemporary philosopher Michel Serres. My other research interests include the medical humanities, and I am in the early stages of a project on the idea of ‘spontaneous generation’ in early modern literature.


Office hours

Mondays 11am - 1pm
Tuesdays 9 - 11am

Office hours will take place via MS Teams: please email to arrange an appointment.

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