Dr Claudia Rosenhan (FHEA)

Teaching Fellow


I have over 20 years of teaching experience, mainly in the tertiary sector. I have taught in such diverse contexts as teacher training colleges in Switzerland, Honours degree courses in England, EAP courses in Australia and pre-sessional courses in Scotland. I am a fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and have, for the past seven years, worked on the MSc TEsol and MSc Language Education, as well as the school-wide research methods courses.


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Postgraduate teaching

I teach on  a range of core and optional courses on the MSc TESOL and MSc Language Education. I currently lead workshops on the following courses:

  • Language and the Learner
  • Second Language Teaching Curriculum
  • TESOL Methodology
  • Research Methods

I am course organiser for

  • Language Testing

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Areas of interest for supervision

I am inviting candidates to apply for projects that cover the area of creativity in language education.

Current PhD students supervised

  • Alessia Cilia Portelli- The Reader at the Heart of the Literary Experience: An Action Research Study with Undergraduate Maltese Students of Hispanic Literature.
  • Qianqian Zhou - Willingness to Communicate: A Longitudinal Mixed Methods Study of L2 Chinese Students in a Scottish University Context

Research summary

I am mainly interested in investigating the representation of identities in texts. I am also looking at educational discourse at the beginning of the twentieth century and have recently begun to look into ecocritical and ecophenomenological frameworks.

  • modernist English literature
  • creative language pedagogy and literary discourse
  • identity, language and culture
  • critical theory
  • feminist theory
  • ecocriticism; posthumanism

Current research interests

I am currently looking into how modernist literature engages with the notion of energy, which is commonly inscribed as the restless energy of electrical charge, e.g. in terms of urban living, transport and entertainment. However, energy lies at the centre of a posthuman investigation into nature, e.g. in the way electrons move across boundaries, thus erasing the borders between entities and creating the slippages that exist in the universe. D. H. Lawrence in particular has found a way of representing such energy streams in his depiction of nature, and he serves as a case for investigating these slippages and how this may inform our relationship with the environment in a more holistic way. I am interested to start a project entitled 'Inbetweeness'. It is a study of liminality, in which such concepts as the threshold, the border, the boundary etc. are investigated as to their ability for breaking binaries and instead make room for potential. This may be interrogated in terms of identity, place or text.

Affiliated research centres

Project activity

Current investigation:

Project Title: Enhancing Assessment Literacy amongst PGT Students and Scorer Reliability amongst PGT Staff

The key learning and teaching strategies of the university unanimously centre on student experience and graduate attributes (cf. “To encourage students to develop fully as partners in their learning”  CHSS Learning and Teaching Strategy 2013 – 2016). Tutor feedback and student success are central to these, and it is in these areas that improvement is yet to be made, according to PTES (cf. assessment “the highest level of negative responses” https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/sites/default/files/ptes_2015_what_do_pgts_want.pdf). PGT students, especially when they come from exam-oriented academic cultures such as China, measure their learning often purely by their grades (Boud & Falchikov, 2006), hence it is important, especially in the current arena of Internationalisation of HE, that the assessment criteria by which these are measured are fit for purpose, and that the mark is arrived at by reliable scoring methods. The project investigates through a questionnaire surevy students' attitude towards teh level descriptors on two programmes at MH.

Current project grants

PTAS £1500

View all 14 publications on Research Explorer


Co-organiser BAAL SIG Conference, University of Edinburgh, 2 – 3 July 2015.

Papers delivered

  • Speaker at Huxley Symposium, Spain, April 2017. Forum: "Aldous Huxley and Self-Realization: his concept of Human Potentialities, his techniques for actualizing them, and his views of their social consequences.". Topic: “A green thought in a green shade” -- Cosmic Consciousness and Human Potentialities in Aldous Huxley’s novel Island (1962).
  • Speaker at the BAAL SIG Conference, University of Edinburgh, 2 – 3 July 2015.
      • presenting ‘wild language’ as a concept for an organic and creative language pedagogy
  •  Speaker at Aestheticism and Decadence in the Age of Modernism: 1895 to 1945, Institute of English Studies, Senate House, London, 17-18 April 2015.
      • highlighting the decadent parallels in Aldous Huxley’s Antic Hay and Wyndham Lewis’s Apes of God.
  • Speaker at 'Enchanted Edwardians', Third Annual Conference of the Edwardian Culture Network, in association with the University of Bristol, Bristol 30 – 31 March 2015.
      • presenting an ecocritical perspectives on D. H. Lawrence’s first novel The White Peacock.
  • Speaker at interdisciplinary conference ‘The Celtic Revival in Scotland – 1880 - 1930,’ University of Edinburgh, 1 – 3 May 2014.
      • investigating Carswell’s Caledonian Antisyzygy
  • Speaker at the international conference, The Condemned Playground: Aldous Huxley and his Contemporaries, Balliol College Oxford, 1 – 4 September 2013.
      • a gendered reading of Vera Brittain’s Testament of Youth and Aldous Huxley’s ‘Defeat of Youth’.
  • Speaker at the International and Interdisciplinary Conference ‘Alternative Modernisms’, Cardiff University, 15 – 18 May 2013
      • presenting Catherine Carswell as an intermodernist writer
  • Speaker at the International ‘E. M. Forster’s Maurice’ Centenary Conference in St Andrews, 24 – 25 November 2012.
      • highlighting the divergent paths of Forster’s protagonists in two novels as a commentary on character education
  • Speaker at the Third International Aldous Huxley Symposium in Riga, 25 – 29 July 2004.
      • presenting Aldous Huxley as an educator and critic of universal education
  • Speaker at the AHRB colloquium Between the East End and East Africa: “The Jew” in Edwardian Culture, University of Southampton, 27 – 29 July 2003.
      • presenting James Joyce’s Dubliners as a perspective on Jews in Edwardian Ireland