National Teaching Fellow 2011
As Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Wolverhampton, Rosie Miles has gained a national reputation for innovation in e-learning in English Studies, inspiring and enthusing hundreds of students and academics at her own institution and across the country.
Her original, award winning and lively online discussion forum activities meet with great acclaim from both students and English Studies lecturers and have been influential on practice within the subject. As an E-Learning Consultant supported by the English Subject Centre she has visited more than twenty English departments to demonstrate to colleagues how to design, integrate and assess discussion forum activities within the discipline of English Studies. With colleagues in English and Creative Writing at her own institution and beyond Rosie was part of the team behind the popular Online Discussion in English Studies: A Good Practice Guide (2010) and she blogs about e-learning, teaching and literature as Ms E-Mentor.
Rosie's commitment to an English Studies-focused pedagogy has drawn on her research background in Victorian literature. It is in resisting the division between pedagogy and subject-based research that she hopes to contribute to changing the notion of what a truly successful academic is. She was Editor of the Journal of William Morris Studies (2001-07) and recently co-edited William Morris in the Twenty-First Century (2010). She is currently working on a book on Victorian poetry.
Rosie thoroughly endorses Morris's famous statement, "I do not want art for a few, any more than education for a few, or freedom for a few" ('The Lesser Arts', 1877) and she has also been committed to encouraging students from non-traditional backgrounds to achieve their highest potential, particularly in the move from undergraduate to postgraduate.
Unusually and distinctively, Rosie is also a current student herself, undertaking an MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) at Manchester Metropolitan University. The interface of the creative and critical in both her writing and teaching has been influential on her as academic, teacher and poet.
Senior Lecturer in English
University of Wolverhampton