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3rd October 2013, 9:32am
New professor to champion research in Lincoln School of Humanities
Professor Lucie Armitt A prolific author, editor and founding member of a global research network has become the latest addition to the academic team in the University of Lincoln’s School of Humanities.

Professor Lucie Armitt is the founding treasurer and an Executive Steering Group member of the international Contemporary Women’s Writing Association, which promotes high standards of research and publication in women’s writing across the world.

Professor Armitt also holds the position of Associate Editor for the prize-winning Oxford University Press journal, Contemporary Women’s Writing, and her expertise in this sector saw her recently awarded a major grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to support the ongoing professional skills development of postgraduate and early-career researchers working in the field.

The UK-wide Collaborative Skills Development Programme is designed to enable UK-based postgraduate students and early-career academics specialising in contemporary women’s writing to develop an entrepreneurial approach to their research. Established by Professor Armitt as Principal Investigator, the programme focuses on the real-world application of research in a rapidly changing literary and media environment, with six workshops being held at Higher Education institutes around the UK between 31st August 2013 and 12th July 2014.

Professor Armitt will continue this programme in her role as Professor of Contemporary English Literature at the University of Lincoln.

Professor Armitt said: “I am delighted to join the University of Lincoln’s School of Humanities at a time of such investment, as it is absolutely crucial to demonstrate the real-world significance of research in the arts and humanities sectors.

“My Collaborative Skills Development Programme for postgraduate and early-career researchers working in the field of contemporary women’s writing is dedicated to precisely this. Our work aims to promote research as a key vocational aspect of the arts and humanities sectors that should never be lost. It aims to fill the perceived skills gap between academic research and an increasingly competitive employment market, within and beyond higher education.”

Professor Armitt specialises in the literary fantastic, the Gothic, contemporary women’s writing and literary feminism, and has published extensively in each of these fields. She is the author of six books, including four academic monographs, the most recent of which is titled Twentieth-Century Gothic.

Professor Armitt moves from the University of Salford, where she was founding Director of the Centre for English Literature and Language Research, and where external research funding substantially increased under her guidance. She was also a member of the AHRC Peer Review College from 2007 – 2010.

Professor Armitt joins the Lincoln School of Humanities at a time of significant investment in academic talent. She is one of six new appointments in English and History, which together highlight the University of Lincoln’s commitment to teaching and research within the humanities sector.

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