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Doctoral Candidate • Reader • English Teacher

 

Current Positions:

 - AHRC funded Doctoral Candidate and Teaching Assistant at Durham University

 

 - Co-convener of postgraduate-led seminar series

 

 - Private English Tutor

Paid Employment

 

10.2020-p.   

Teaching Assistant, Department of English Studies, Durham University

  • Leading two groups of undergraduate tutorials on ‘Introduction to Poetry’

 

10.2019-20  

Senior Bookseller, Waterstones, Liverpool One

  • Responsible for maintaining and developing the commerciality of the fiction department in response to our customer while fostering discoverability

  • Tailored hand selling of titles based on industry knowledge

  • Co-convener of general fiction book club and title-targeted book clubs

10.2017-19   Bookseller, Waterstones, Liverpool One

 

12.2015-p.   

Tutor, tutorful.co.uk and paulcockburn.com

  • Over 250 hours of one-on-one experience tutoring A-Level English Language and English Literature; GCSE English Language and English Literature; and KS3 English

  • Testimonies discoverable at paulcockburn.com/tuition

 

02-09.2016  

Food and Beverage Assistant, Mercure Liverpool Atlantic Tower Hotel

  • Practiced soliciting and resolving potential problems before they are realised

Education

 

2019-p.

Durham University, Ph.D. (proposed completion: 30 September 2023)

                            English Literature

  • Thesis: ‘Concrete Jungle: Imagining Nature in the Literature of New York City’

  • Supervisors: Prof. Timothy Clark and Dr Marc Botha

  • Awarded fully funded studentship by Northern Bridge Consortium (AHRC)

     2020-21 Co-convener of postgraduate-led seminar series: Inventions of the Text

 

2016-17       

Durham University, M.A. Distinction (awarded distinction in every assessment)

                            Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literary Studies

  • Dissertation: ‘The Scepticism of T. S. Eliot and James Joyce: Formal and Thematic Functions of Uncertainty’

  • Developed analytical skills and the ability to synthesise texts and data into well-presented and critical arguments

  • Audited French Reading Skills for Research

 

2011-15       

Bangor University, B.A. 1st Class Honours

                            English Literature with Creative Writing with International Experience

  • Researched and authored a one-hour play

  • Prose and poetry published in university creative writing journal:

     2013-14       Studied at Pace University, New York City

     2013            Awarded ‘Best Onstage Performance’ by university drama society: Rostra

 

2004-11       

Chesterfield High School and Sixth Form College

     2011   A Level [A*AAB] English Language, Literature, Geography, Music Technology

     2009   AS Level [C] PE; 7 GCSEs [A*-A] including Maths, Science, and English

Volunteer Employment

 

10.2020-p.   

Tutor, Coronavirus Initiative Tutoring

  • Providing free tutoring in GCSE English Language and Literature

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