Dr. NIAMH DOWNING

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Head of English & Writing

Falmouth University

About

I'm Head of English & Writing, leading a team of over 25 Lecturers & Senior Lecturers, Associate Professor, and Associate Lecturing staff to deliver an excellent student experience across Falmouth's undergraduate and postgraduate portfolio in English, Creative Writing, Professional Writing and Writing for Script & Screen. I manage our Writers in Residence programme, co-lead the Nick Darke Award with Terrie Fender, Director of the Academy of Music and Theatre Arts, and lead on external industry partnerships such as our collaboration with National Trust Publishing. I have been the academic representative on Academic Board, since October 2016. Prior to joining Falmouth in 2012, I taught on the English programme at University of Exeter, worked in heritage education for several years, and lectured ICT in FE. I completed my doctoral research at University of Exeter in 2013. My thesis examines models of excavation in contemporary poetry, specifically in the work of Geoffrey Hill, Ciaran Carson, Geraldine Monk, and Alice Oswald.

My research is in contemporary literature and its intersection with discourses of place, space, landscape, and ecology. I am Principal Investigator for Orkney: Beside the Ocean of Time an AHRC Science in Culture project that investigates deep time and its relationship to landscape change. I'm also an external advisor to AHRC follow-on funded project Hacking the Bees which runs from February 2017 to January 2018. Between March 2015 and September 2016, I was co-Investigator on the AHRC Connected Communities project Telling the Bees