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Professor Angelique Richardson

Research supervision

Nominated for Guild Best Research Supervisor Award

Example of nominations:

'Angelique is a rare combination: a supervisor with world-recognized research expertise with the demonstrated ability to nurture and support her students at all stages of the research process. She responds promptly and helpfully to any questions and feedback on writing never takes more than a few days to arrive. She has enabled countless professional opportunities in both academic and non-academic settings: pointing me towards the best conferences and journals in which to share my research, she has also introduced me to long-term working relationships with representatives at the National Trust, local council, and museums across the south west. In this respect she is unique at Exeter as a supervisor: aware of the increasing need to engage the public and non-academic organisations with research, she has provided for her postgraduate students an unparalleled induction in how to conduct and maintain this kind of engaged research.'

'Angelique's framework for the writing, editing and submission of the PhD thesis is excellent, and should be widely shared as best practice. In our first meeting we mutually agreed aims for the submission of work (1 chapter drafted per term), prompting me to set my own deadlines, to  which she held me accountable. At the same time, Angelique was flexible and compassionate'.

'Angelique's supervision was central to the submission of my thesis within three years with no interruption, and the passing of the viva with minor corrections'.

'Angelique is my secondary supervisor, yet she has given much more attention to my work than secondary supervisors are expected to, as well as keeping me informed of research and development opportunities along with her primary research students.'

'Though Angelique is my secondary, rather than primary, supervisor, she has consistently given priority of her time and knowledge to her secondary research students alongside her primary research students.'




Research students

I welcome enquiries from prospective PhD students on all  aspects of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century literature and culture, including the politics of class, gender, evolutionary ideas, the novel, poetics, short stories, the periodical press, George Eliot, Hardy, New Woman writers, and Edwardian Britain, and would encourage anyone wishing to work with me to contact me.  See here for further guidance on postgraduate admission, including writing a research proposal.

I also welcome students through the Doctoral Training Partnership.  I have supervised 17 PhD students through to successful completion, most of whom are now working in higher education or education.  I am currently supervising several projects ranging from  eugenics in utopian fiction to South West Writers, Hardy and the culture of letter writing (AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award, co-supervised with Dorset County Museum).  I have also supervised over 25 MA dissertations.

I have examined several doctoral students, including ESRC-and AHRC-funded students, at Exeter and other institutions including the Open University and the University of St Andrews.

PhD Degrees with dates awarded 

I have supervised the following 18 PhD students, most of whom are now working in higher education, education or government and have publications developed from their doctoral research.  Current employment noted

Dr Helen Angear (2019)  ‘An Epistolary Thomas Hardy: Proximity and Distance'.  College Lecturer

Examiners: Dr Jane Potter, Oxford Brookes, and Professor Paul Young, University of Exeter

Dr Christina Lake (2017), ‘Improving on Nature: Eugenics in Utopian Fiction'.  University Librarian

Examiners: Professor Matthew Beaumont (UCL), and Dr Paul Young, University of Exeter

Dr Grant Repshire (2016), 'F.W. Harvey and the First World War: A biographical study of F.W. Harvey and his place in the First World War literary canon.' (co-supervisor)

Examiners: Professor Guy Cuthbertson , Liverpool Hope University,  and Professor Jo Gill, University of Exeter

Dr Jonathan Memel (2016), 'Hardy and Education'; 2016: AHRC Cultural Engagement Fellow, University of Exeter; 2018-: Research Fellow, ‘Florence Nightingale Comes Home for 2020: an Historico-Literary Analysis of her Family Life’, School of Health Sciences, University of Nottingham.

Collaborative Doctoral Award funded by Great Western Research and the National Trust

Examiners: Professor Dame Gillian Beer, King Edward VII Professor Emeritus at the University of Cambridge, and Professor Wendy Robinson, College of Social Sciences and International Studies, University of Exeter

Dr Samantha Briggs (2016), 'Architecture and Thomas Hardy', now Faculty Associate Lecturer, Arizona State University.

Examiners: Professor Roger Ebbatson, Lancaster University, and Dr Paul Young, University of Exeter. 

Dr Claire Furlong (2015) (AHRC-funded), Science, Medicine and Authority in Popular Periodicals, 1832-50; now Associate Lecturer, Bath Spa University

Examiners:  Professor Sally Shuttleworth, University of Oxford, and Professor Staffan Müller-Wille, College of Social Sciences and International Studies, University of Exeter

Dr Leslie Hill (2015), 'Theatres and Friendships: The Spheres and Strategies of Elizabeth Robins' (co-supervisor)

Examiners: Professor Gillian Bush-Bailey, Royal Holloway, University of London and Professor Kate Newey, University of Exeter

Dr Ana Rosso (2013) (co-supervisor) Female Sexuality in French Naturalism and Realism, and British New Woman Fiction, 1850 – 1900 Female Desire in British and French fiction, 1850-1900.  Now working for British Council

Examiners: Professor Ann Heilmann, Cardiff University and Professor James Kearns, University of Exeter

Dr Demelza Hookway (2013) (English Scholarship), ‘"The John Millennium": John Stuart Mill in Victorian Culture', now, researcher and editor

Examiners: Professor Helen Small, University of Oxford and Professor John Plunkett, University of Exeter

Dr Will Abberley (2013) (AHRC-funded), '"Language under the Microscope": Science and Philology in Fiction 1850-1914'. BBC New Generation Thinker; Now Senior Lecturer in Victorian Literature at the University of Sussex

Examiners: Professor David Amigoni, University of Keele, and Dr Jason Hall, University of Exeter

Dr Jessica Pearce (2010) (English Scholarship), 'The Child and Child-Parent Relations in Hardy's Novels', Now working in Civil Service Reform, Cabinet Office. 

Examiners: Professor David Amigoni, University of Keele, and Professor Tim Kendall, University of Exeter

Dr Halle Marshall (2008), 'Biology and Possibility: The Scientific Writing of Grant Allen (1848-1899)', now teaching

Examiners: Dr Carolyn Burdett, Birkbeck, London,  and Dr Paul Young, University of Exeter

Dr Chris Pittard (2007) (AHRC-funded), 'Purity and Genre: Late-Victorian Detective Fiction'; now Senior Lecturer, University of Portsmouth

Examiners Professor Patrick Parrinder, University of Reading and Professor Regenia Gagnier, University of Exeter

Dr Oliver Jenkins (2005) (English Scholarship), 'Factional Pasts: The Shifting Relations between Nineteenth-Century Historiography and Historical Fiction, 1814-1870', now working in education

Examiners: Professor Simon Dentith, University of Reading, and Professor Rick Rylance, Institute of English Studies, University of London

Dr Martin Delveaux (2004) (AHRC-funded), 'Early Green Narratives: Ecocritical Perspectives on British Fiction, 1880-1920'; now secondary school head of dept

Examiners: Professor Patrick Parrinder, University of Reading, and Professor Rick Rylance, Institute of English Studies, University of London

Dr Suzanne Nunn (2004), (AHRC-funded), 'The Victorian Invention of the Doctor'. now Research Fellow, Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, Plymouth University

Examiners: Professor Brian Maidment, Liverpool John Moores University,  and Professor Mark Jackson, University of Exeter

Dr Ann Oakins (2004), 'The Moral Art of Charles Reade: Celibacy and the Construction of Gender'; education and retirement

Examiners: Professor John Sutherland, University College London, and Professor Regenia Gagnier, University of Exeter

Dr Elizabeth Galway (2003), 'From Nursery Rhymes to Nationhood: Constructing Canadian National Identity through Children's Literature, 1867-1911'.  Associate Professor and Chair of English at the University of Lethbridge, Canada.

Examiners: Professor Roderick McGillis, University of Calgary, and Professor Tony Simoes da Silva University of Tazmania.