Name: Dr Claire Dean (2014 cohort)
CDT: HighWire CDT – Lancaster University
Current role: Lecturer in Creative Writing, Edge Hill University
Claire decided to embark on a PhD with HighWire as she wanted to investigate the process of writing from an interdisciplinary perspective, without the constraints of traditional disciplinary boundaries. The HighWire PhD programme provided Claire with the space to explore new possibilities that digital technologies bring to writing practice. During her PhD Claire also continued to work as an Associate Lecturer in Creative Writing, as well as publishing short stories.
Prior to joining the HighWire doctoral training centre, Claire had extensive experience as a freelance writer, Project Manager and Workshop Facilitator.
The HighWire programme gave Claire the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues from a variety of disciplines and to work with external organisations such as the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, National Trust and the Environment Agency.
Claire had the challenge of managing her work-life balance as a single parent of two boys for the majority of her time at Lancaster University. However, she successfully completed her PhD and has progressed into an academic position in Creative Writing, and the programme helped her to develop her research focus and her ability to collaborate in interdisciplinary contexts.
In August 2018, Claire commenced a Lectureship in Creative Writing at Edge Hill University. Her work offers insights from a researcher and practitioner perspective into story making technologies. Claire hopes this will feed into her teaching of the next generation of writers at Edge Hill University, as well as the work she shares with creative writing communities.