Department of Humanities staff

Jocelyn Hargrave
Lecturer in Publishing

As Lecturer in Publishing, Dr Jocelyn Hargrave teaches in both the Creative Writing and Publishing BA and Publishing MA courses. She has approximately 25 years of experience as an editor in industry.

Gurvinder Aujla-Sidhu sitting at a desk
Associate Professor/Head of Discipline - Journalism

Gurvinder Aujla-Sidhu is an Associate Professor and Head of Discipline in Journalism at the University of Derby. Her research focuses on diversity, inclusion and race in journalism practice and representation, radio, diaspora, and ethnic media.

David Barker
Senior Lecturer in Publishing

David Barker is a Senior Lecturer in Publishing and Programme Leader for the MA Publishing at the University of Derby. He is interested in all aspects of Publishing as an academic discipline.

Lecturer in American Studies, Academic Writing Support Tutor for Humanities and the Chair of the Disability Coordinators' Group

Amanda Blake Davis reading a book.
Lecturer in English Literature

Amanda Blake Davis is a Lecturer in English Literature. Amanda specialises in eighteenth and nineteenth-century literature and culture with an emphasis on Romantic poetry, particularly Percy Bysshe Shelley. She has wider research interests in the environmental humanities, intermediality and intertextuality, and classical reception.

Anna Burton reading a book in a forest setting
Lecturer in English Literature

Anna Burton is a Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Derby.

Christos Callow Jr, lecturer in creative writing at Derby
Lecturer in Creative and Professional Writing

As a Lecturer in Creative & Professional Writing, Dr Christos Callow teaches scriptwriting BA modules and supervises creative writing MA students via creative workshops, seminars and lectures.

Neil Campbell
Emeritus Professor of American Studies

Neil's main role is to support research students towards a successful PhD outcome and to help guide and develop staff in their pursuit of high quality publications. In addition, extending his own research and publications is uppermost in his current role.

Alex Canner presenting
Programme Leader BA Journalism / Senior Lecturer in Journalism

Alex is a Senior Lecturer in Journalism and specialises in broadcast media, teaching all aspects of writing, recording and editing techniques across TV, radio and Multimedia. 

Associate Professor of Creative Writing

Matthew Cheeseman is a writer. He works across fiction and non-fiction, drawing on critical theory and cultural studies, often collaborating with others to create books and pamphlets. He is Associate Professor of Creative Writing and Programme Leader for MA Creative Writing. A folklorist, he researches neoliberalism in post-war popular culture.