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Claire Hadfield

Senior Lecturer

School of Education


Claire Hadfield

Role Summary

Claire is an experienced secondary teacher and lecturer with a passion for literature of all kinds. From Shakespearean tragedy to the powerful performance poetry of Kate Tempest, Claire’s fervent enthusiasm for the infinite varieties of English pervades every aspect of the English degree. She is particularly interested in poetry, identity, language and social place and is currently completing her PhD here at Marjon. It focuses on the formation and evolution of trainee and early career teachers' professional identities.


  • Doctoral candidate researching teacher professional identity and teacher retention. I am especially interested in the evolution and expression of teachers’ professional identity throughout the PGCE and NQT years.
  • Secondary PGCE French with English, Roehampton University and South West Teacher Training.
  • M.Phil. Place, Language and Identity in the work of Annie Ernaux, University of Strathclyde.
  • BA (Hons) French and Philosophy,  University of Exeter.


Claire teaches on the following courses:

  • Secondary PGCE
  • BA (Hons) English
  • Reflective practice
  • Late 20th and 21st century literature


  • Teaching and Learning
  • Digital Literature and Flash Fiction
  • Language, Identity and Social Place
  • Teacher Professional Identity


Review of Graley Herren The Self-reflexive art of Don DeLillo, C21 Literature: Journal of 21st Century Writings, publication pending Summer 2020.

Expert Membership of professional bodies

  • Associate Fellow of Higher Education Academy
  • Professional Affiliate Chartered College of Teaching
  • National Association for the Teaching of English

Other Interests

  • Creative writing
  • Cinema
  • Music

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