Claire Furlong

March 2015 to July 2015

The Brilliant Club: Mesmerism and Victorian magazines

I am a tutor for the Brilliant Club, a non-profit organisation that exists to widen access to top universities for outstanding pupils from non-selective state schools. I designed a course - entitled "Mesmerism and Victorian Magazines" - based on an aspect of my PhD research, and have taught it to two groups of Year 9 pupils over six weeks.  The course introduces pupils to working directly with Victorian periodicals and encourages them to think about the ways in which popular media can shape our perception of controversial issues. To accompany the course I wrote a substantial handbook, based around carefully selected original materials. Working with secondary school pupils has been a rewarding experience, as has thinking about my research in a new, non-specialist context.

January 2015 to April 2015

Revolutions and Evolutions

I was a Lead Tutor on this second year undergraduate module.  The course explores a range of nineteenth-century writings, including prose, poetry and novels.  I am responsible for teaching, seminar planning, preparation of course materials, and marking all assessed work for my seminar group.

January 2014 to March 2014

The Novel

I was a Lead Tutor on this first year undergraduate module, teaching two seminar groups. The course introduces students to the novel in its historical context, from Defoe to the modern graphic novel.

19th April 2013

Year 10 Discover English Day

As part of Exeter University's outreach work with local schools I designed and delivered a one-hour teaching session for Year 10 groups. The session was on 'What the Victorians did for Fun' and used Victorian periodicals as a way to learn about how Victorian men, women and children spent their leisure time. I taught three classes over the course of the day.

September 2012 to December 2012

Critical Practice

I was a Graduate Teaching Assistant on this first year undergraduate module, shadowing Dr Lisa Stead and assisting with all teaching activities. The module introduces the essential skills for studying English at undergraduate level and discusses issues of creative development, academic culture and literary experimentation using twentieth and twenty-first century fiction. I prepared and taught the full session on Nabokov's Pale Fire, and shared the preparation and teaching for the other set texts and research methods classes. I also shadow-marked the two essays students were required to submit for this course.

2008 to 2011

Professional legal training

As a solicitor, I delivered introductory training on procurement and commercial law to each new intake of departmental trainees in a small group environment. I also designed training on current legal issues, which I delivered to the UK-wide team, with accompanying materials.