Professor Angelique Richardson


2018: ASPIRE Fellow and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


2018: nominated for most Innovative Teaching and Research-Inspired Teaching

Examples of nominations

Her ability to engage everyone in debate and relate 19th century texts and issues to modern day issues and politics in an engaging and unique way. Her limitless enthusiasm and ability to incite enthusiasm in students.

She inspired many of the students on the module to continue studies in a related field (on Hardy, feminism, writing women...).

Her teaching was well-organised, the ELE page was bursting with information and further educational opportunities. The students were very well guided throughout the course, as well as given the chance to explore their own interests and develop new theories. Classes were interactive with lots of enriching discussion. The research, preparation and supply of resources for this module was inspiring.

Angelique is a great seminar tutor because she finds the right perfect balance between prepared worksheets, spontaneous in-depth discussion, and teaching students about the module's main concepts. Her module has been the most enjoyable one of my three-year English undergraduate degree so far and many fellow students share this appreciation for her. She is a warm, caring person who seeks to share her passion for Hardy's works in a way that is not laborious, overpowering or repetitive. She let us research aspects that interested us independently, and also provided enough guidance throughout the course so that we felt prepared and confident to tackle the essay questions for our coursework.

2017: winner of  Guild Teaching Award for best lecturer in English (see also research supervision nominations)

Examples of nominations

'Commitment to students, consistently going above and beyond to provide extra information and help'

Seminar-led style of teaching the module was truly engaging. Was easy to see the passion she had for the subject which, in turn, inspired passion among many of her students, me included. Could always rely on Angelique to constantly update the ELE page and personally email students to show us extra information, articles, research opportunities and trips which she felt would further our knowledge and understanding of the module.

'It was clear from the very start how much she genuinely cared about the subject and about the students who had chosen the module, the effort that she put in was above and beyond what I would have expected. I have truly never experienced someone so committed to teaching and so caring about her students'

'Angelique's obvious interest and knowledge was infectious to all of the room, every week. Seminar turnouts were the best I've seen and it's all because of having her as our tutor.'

'An inspiring, positive, engaging and incredibly knowledgeable lecturer who goes above and beyond.'

'Allowing students creativity and originality in designing their own essay titles'

2016: nominated for Research-Inspired Teaching:

Examples of nominations

'Angelique's seminars have been the most inspiring, with the best class discussions in my three years at university. This is partly because she is extremely knowledgable about the subject, but also that she creates an environment where students will speak in class

2010: Shortlisted for the Times Higher Education Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts

2010 Examples of nominations for best lecturer: 'Angelique taught me in my first term of my first year at the University of Exeter and has inspired me to become more confident and hard working. She was incredibly approachable and the group always had lively discussions and interesting debates. The whole class felt comfortable in Angelique\'s seminars'.

'The text in the world' animates Angelique Richardson's seminars. The immediacy and importance of cultural politics is not discarded, but resolutely addressed. She shows English to be a politically controversial and interdisciplinary subject. Being part of her seminar raises awareness of the political importance of literature as a means of assessing cultural attitudes. In the current Utilitarian and anti-intellectual climate her seminars are vitally important; they are a source of hope.'

'Angelique's teaching is always entertaining and informative, working closely with her own research and knowledge to guide her students. She is always willing to listen and provides great advice in office hours.'

'I have never learnt so much in such a short space of time! She definitely deserves this award!'


My teaching is research-led across the curricula from Level 1 to MA and I play a leading role in bringing science and medical humanities to the undergraduate and postgraduate (taught) curriculum.   A founding member of Exeter's Centre for Victorian Studies (CVS), in the last ten years I have played a leading role in establishing Victorian Studies as a major research area in the University and I have worked closely with colleagues to develop its interdisciplinary focus.   I led the department in developing the period-specific MA pathway which has now been adopted by all research groups, and  have worked with colleagues to develop team-teaching on the MA. I am active in involving my students, undergraduate and postgraduate, in public, third-sector work. 

            Since 2009 I have worked with schools in the South West on a number of outreach initiatives, including, for example, organising 'Dear Mr Darwin'. Since 2010 I have been developing direct links with humanities-facing employers in relation to my level 3 module; several of my students have been given placements and subsequent paid employment with the National Trust as a result. 

            I led Widening Participation in the University for three years, developing the HEFCE-funded Pilot Widening Participation Programme. This was later adopted by the University to form the basis of Widening Participation programmes at Exeter. In this role I organised and ran a highly effective set of masterclasses, summer schools, school visits and events.

            Nationally, I am a member of the CCUE executive committee, and lead the education and learning group of Hardy Country.

Grants obtained for teaching purposes

2002 £30,000 HEFCE grant for Widening Participation Work


Modules taught