Dr Jane Alexander

Deputy Programme Director, MSc in Creative Writing (Online)


Jane Alexander is director of prose fiction on the MSc in Creative Writing by online learning. She is a novelist and short story writer; her first novel The Last Treasure Hunt (Saraband, 2015) was selected as a Waterstones debut of the year, and her short fiction has won prizes and been widely published. She is the recipient of a Scottish Arts Council New Writers Bursary and a Creative Scotland research award, and in 2016 was awarded a Hawthornden International Writing Retreat Fellowship. Jane has previously worked as an associate lecturer in creative writing with The Open University, and in 2018 she completed a creative writing PhD on the contemporary uncanny in short fiction, funded by Northumbria University. Jane is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Postgraduate teaching

Postgraduate teaching 

  • Elements of Fiction Two 

  • Literary Studies Two: Ways and Means 

  • Dissertation

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Current research interests

Jane's research interests include contemporary uncanny fiction; science and technology in fiction; interdisciplinary collaborations in creative writing, visual arts and medical humanities.   

Project activity

Jane is currently completing a collection of short stories about uncanny science and technology, Small Objects and Other Stories (w.t.) and a novel about virtual realities, A User's Guide to Make-Believe.