Professor Judy Simons

Job: Professor Emeritus

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Humanities

Research group(s): Centre for Textual Studies

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, UK, LE1 9BH

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Research group affiliations

Publications and outputs 

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Key research outputs

2011: Writers and Their Work: Rosamond Lehmann, London: Northcote House

2010: ‘Women, War and the University: Rosamond Lehmann’s Dusty Answer’, Literature as History, London: Continuum International Publishing

2009: ‘Gender Roles in Children’s Literature’, The Cambridge Companion to Children’s Literature (eds. Matthew Grenby and Andrea Immel), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 

2009: ‘Jane Austen and Popular Culture’, A Companion to Jane Austen (eds. Claudia Johnson and Clara Tuite), Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell

2008: ‘Angela Brazil and the Making of the Girls’ School Story’, Popular Children’s Literature in Britain (eds.Julia Briggs, Denis Butts and Matthew Grenby), London: Ashgate Press

2007: ‘Screening Authorship: Little Women on screen’, Nineteenth-Century American Fiction on Screen (ed. Barton Palmer), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

2001: Literature In Context, London: Palgrave; New York: Barnes & Noble (co-edited with Rick Rylance)

1998: A Woman’s Business: Women, Writing and the Marketplace, Manchester: Manchester University Press (co-edited with Kate Fullbrook)

1997: Mansfield Park and Persuasion: Contemporary Critical Essays, London: Macmillan; New York: St Martin’s Press 

1995: What Katy Read: Feminist Re-readings of Classic Stories for Girls 1850 –1920, London: Macmillan; USA: University of Iowa Press (co-authored with Shirley Foster)

1990: Diaries and Journals of Literary Women: From Fanny Burney to Virginia Woolf, London: Macmillan Press; USA: University of Iowa Press [2nd edition 1996; translated into Italian and anthologised 2000]

Research interests/expertise

  • English Literature
  • Fiction
  • Women’s Studies
  • Children’s Literature
  • Autobiography

Areas of teaching

  • Ph.D supervision


  • BA (Hons) English Language and Literature (Class 1), University of Manchester; 
  • MA by research.

Honours and awards

Leverhulme Fellowship, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Fellow of the English Association, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Membership of external committees

  • Chair, Knowledge Exchange Hubs, Arts and Humanities Research Council, 2012-16
  • Chair, Research Excellence Framework Impact Pilot, Higher Education Funding Council for England 2009-10 
  • Higher Education Funding Council for England Strategic Committee for Leadership, Governance & Management, 2005-08
  • Higher Education Academy Board and Chair of Council, 2005-07
  • Chair, National Subject Centre for English, 2000-07
  • Department of Culture, Media and Sport working group: ‘Creating a World Class Arts Education Force’, 2005 
  • Advisory Group on Culture and Creativity, Department of Culture, Media and Sport, 2003
  • Chair, Council of University Deans of Arts and Humanities, 2001-03
  • Chair, Quality Assurance Agency Subject Benchmark Group, 1999-2000
  • Chair, Council for College and University English, 1996-2000
  • Arts and Humanities Research Board: Research Grants Panel 1996-2000

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Arts and Humanities Research Council, Strategic Reviewer and Member of Peer Review College, 2007-present
  • Associate, the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, 2010-present
  • Council of University Deans of Arts and Humanities, 2001-03
  • Council for College and University English, 1996-2000

Conference attendance

Over 60 conference presentations, including 20 as invited/plenary speaker


Consultancy work

  • Higher Education Consultant currently working with 6 universities 
  • Director, City CV: company advising on career development/coaching

Externally funded research grants information

  • 2002 “Graduate Futures”, Arts and Humanities Research Council, £17,000,
  • 2002  “Rosamond Lehmann”, British Academy, Travel grant to Princeton, £1600 
  • 2000 “Subject Centre for English”, Joint Funding Councils: £1.5 million on behalf of the Council for College and University English and Royal Holloway, University of London
  • 1999 “The Hockliffe Project”, Arts and Humanities Research Council Research visit to Princeton: £140,000
  • 1997 “The English Curriculum: Diversity and Standards”, Higher Education Quality Council £5,000 [jointly with Rick Rylance]
  • 1996 “Students’ Professional Writing Skills”, Higher Education Funding Council: £131,000 
  • 1996 “Assessment Models in English”, Higher Education Funding Council for England:  £30,500
  • 1996 “The Corvey Project”, Humanities Research Board Institutional Fellowship: £240,000               
  • 1995 “Writing, A Womans’ Business” British Academy, Conference grant: £2,000  
  • Project management as external advisor includes: Steering Groups on Teaching & Learning projects: Benchmarking for Disability (2003-04); Assessment and the Expanded Text (1997-2000); Creative Writing (1998-2000).

Professional esteem indicators

Reviewer for: The Review of English Studies, Modern Language Review, Journal of Gender Studies, The British Journal of Eighteenth-Century Studies, Literature and History, Women’s Writing

Editorial consultant and referee to academic presses: Blackwell, Palgrave Macmillan, Manchester University Press, Routledge (current).

Editorial Board for 2 electronic journals
Reader for Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures, 2012.

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