Becky joined the Sociology team in August 2017. She looks after the administration of research projects, departmental finances, personnel, infrastructure, workload, and health and safety.
Becky is secretary to the Professorial, Equality and Diversity, and Executive Committees.
Becky has worked at the University of Warwick since 2012, first as the Postgraduate Recruitment Officer in the Student Recruitment and Admissions Office, moving on to be the Programme Manager for University Summer Schools in 2014. More recently Becky has looked after the Global Shakespeare initiative, the BLASTER (The Best in Liberal Arts and Sciences Teaching Expanded and Reinforced) project, and the development of a new MSc in Humanitarian Engineering. She is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the Warwick International Higher Education Academy.
Becky’s doctoral research focused on the Anglo-Saxon theft and blood-staunching charms. Her thesis explored how early- to mid-twentieth century editions of the charms characterised the texts according to a series of binary oppositions (pagan/Christian, unofficial/official, magic/science, oral/written), and contrasts this interpretation of the texts with readings based on their manuscript context.
She has carried out pedagogic research, leading to the development of open resources such as Playfulness in Higher Education and The Dark Would (read more about Becky's experience of working across institutional boundaries as an administrator involved in academic projects). In 2017 Palgrave Macmillan will publish a book chapter (co-authored with Phil Gaydon) which explores the relationship between learning, play and The Dark Would.
She enjoys working with people outside the academy; in 2012 she founded the Sheffield Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Society, which brings together academics, independent scholars and members of the public, and is also a Public Engagement Ambassador for the National Centre for Coordinating Public Engagement.