Claire Furlong

Personal details




University of Exeter

PhD in English Literature

Thesis Topic: Science in Popular Periodicals 1832-1850: Authority, Class and Gender

Arts and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Studentship 

Examiners: Professor Sally Shuttleworth (Oxford) and Professor Staffan Müller-Wille (Exeter)


College of Law

Legal Practice Course - Distinction


College of Law

Graduate Diploma in Law - Distinction


University of Sussex

MA in English Literature (Colonial and Postcolonial Cultures) - 71

Dissertation Topic: Pioneer Women and Imperial Ideology 1850-1902

Arts and Humanities Research Board Postgraduate Funding Award


University of Liverpool

Degree in English (First Class Honours)

Dissertation Topic: Charlotte Brontë and Nineteenth-Century Science

Bertram White Essay Prize for Dissertation

Holder of University Undergraduate Scholarships: 1999-2000 and 2000-2001



Professional/research experience

April 2015:

University of the West of England

I am a Research Administrator in the Post-Award team within Research, Business and Innovation. I support academics in all faculties of the University with the administrative and project management aspects of their research, including arranging and clerking executive-level meetings, assisting with reporting and repository requirements, organising conferences and events, monitoring successful bid applications, and knowledge exchange.

September 2006 - September 2011:

DLA Piper UK LLP, London

I worked as a solicitor in the Projects department, following two years as a trainee solicitor in a variety of departments. Specialising in large government projects, I drafted contracts and legal correspondence, negotiated on behalf of clients, carried out research and advised clients on issues relating to commercial, procurement and contract law. I supervised trainees and was also a mentor for the Black Lawyers' Directory student mentoring scheme, providing support and guidance on career development to a minority ethnic student through meetings and regular contact. I volunteered regularly at a community legal advice clinic and from 2006 to 2008 took part in the Right to Read scheme, giving one-to-one reading support to local children.


CV: Membership of Professional Bodies/Professional Qualifications


Higher Education Academy


Research Society for Victorian Periodicals


Victorian Popular Fiction Association


British Society for Literature and Science


British Association for Victorian Studies