An early modern researcher, Robert teaches 'Medieval to Renaissance Literature' in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies. Central to his pedagogical ethos is a belief that the creativity, passion and acuity of students enables teaching to evolve and challenges educators to grow. This means that Robert engages students as scholars, as opposed to seeing them as merely learners.
In his seminars group discussions and exercises are often lively affairs where concepts are born, nurtured, and developed. Here seminar forums provide an opportunity for students to create, rehearse, and own their ideas. For module assignments Robert has been commended for his forensic feedback that has sought to change the way tutors engage with their pupils. Holistic in approach, his teaching has also been recognised as incorporating vital aspects of mentoring, welfare, reflexive, methodological and interdisciplinary practises. This has ensured that in and out of the classroom many of his students have gone on to become active contributors in their chosen fields.
Finally, through his various research projects, Robert continues to work with staff and students to examine the ways pedagogy can foster a supportive and enhanced learning environment.
His obvious personal passion for the texts and materials covered in our course is a very clear example of passion breeding passion - and I'm certain other students including myself gain much more engagement from texts that would otherwise risk dryness."
Rob taught me in my first year, and the inspiration he provided has gone on to shape my three years at Warwick, and hopefully beyond."