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Dr Lucy Watson MA, PhD

Teaching Fellow

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I am a Teaching Fellow in the Academic Centre for International Students, part of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of University of Southampton.

I have been involved in teaching English to international students since 2000. I have taught in a number of FE colleges and HE institutions, including the universities of Reading, Portsmouth, Winchester and Southampton. As well as my passion for teaching international students and helping prepare them for university study in the UK, I also have extensive experience in teaching English Literature. I hold an MA and a PhD in English Literature, which I completed at the University of Southampton in January 2012. My role at Southampton allows me to blend the pedagogical approaches I have developed through my involvement in both disciplines. My teaching aims to enhance students’ critical thinking and develop their awareness of the conceptual vocabularies which underpin today’s global issues; vital skills for undergraduate and postgraduate study in the UK.

I am the Programme Lead for the International Foundation Year Programme (IFYP).


Research interests


My background is in literary studies but my theoretical and methodological approach is interdisciplinary, drawing upon literary studies, history, anthropology, sociology, geography and development studies.

My thesis focused on the writings of white women who travelled and worked in West Africa during the late-colonial period. I investigated the ways in which women’s ethnographic travel writings both reflected and contested contemporary discourses of gender and race. My project examined the cultural, political and economic pressures which inflected the modes of expression women writers used.

I remain interested in the interplay between writing, culture and power and this is reflected in my teaching practice. My pedagogical interests include academic literacies, critical pedagogy and learner autonomy. I am also interested in developing innovative ways of assessing students.



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Watson, L., 2015. ‘The politics of location’: memoirs of women aid workers in 1980s Beirut. Textual Practice, pp.1-23.

Watson, L., 2013. “True fictions”: Subjectivity and intertextuality in the writings of Sylvia Leith-Ross. The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, vol. 48, no. 3, pp. 331-347.

I teach English for Academic Studies and I am module coordinator alongside Elwyn Edwards for Global Society, which is a content-based module for IFYP students introducing them to a range of key concepts and issues facing the world today.

Dr Lucy Watson
Room 2107, Building 65
Avenue Campus, University of Southampton
SO17 1BJ
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