Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic)
Professor Jackie Labbe was appointed PVC (Academic) in June 2017. Previously she served as Vice-President and Head of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Sheffield, and before that as Head of the University Graduate School at the University of Warwick. She has served on the Executive Committee of the Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities. While at Sheffield she built on the quality of the Faculty to raise aspirations and successes in teaching innovation, research support and funding, and internationalization.
Her discipline is British Literature and she specialises in the writing of the late eighteenth century: the British Romantic Period. She is the author and/or editor of four monographs and four books of essays, more than 40 scholarly articles, and numerous reviews and short pieces. After working for some time on the poetry of William Wordsworth and Charlotte Smith, Jackie is currently researching how Jane Austen interacted with Smith (a leading writer of the period) in developing psychological depth and narrative nuance in the novel. Her current book project argues for what might be called ‘modal interactions’ in their novels: how the two build on alternative ways of being, thinking, and acting to establish a modern narrative mode.
As befits a Professor of English, Jackie loves to read in her spare time and has an extensive library of British detective fiction of the 1920s-1950s on her Kindle. She also enjoys music, walking, and providing goods and transport services to her two teenage children.