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

T: n/a

E: jsimons@dmu.ac.uk

W: www.dmu.ac.uk/humanities

 

Research group affiliations

Publications and outputs 

  • Prescription hypnotics in the news: A study of UK audiences
    Prescription hypnotics in the news: A study of UK audiences Gabe, Jonathan; Williams, Simon J.; Coveney, C. M. In 2012 the UK media reported the results of a paper in the British Medical Journal Open, including the finding that hypnotics increase the risk of ‘premature death’. Taking this media coverage as a case study, the paper explores UK people's responses and assesses the implications for the debate about the (de)pharmaceuticalisation of sleep. Two hundred and fifty one posts to the websites of 6 UK newspapers were analysed thematically, along with 12 focus group discussions (n = 51) of newspaper coverage from one UK newspaper. Four thematic responses were identified: bad science/journalism, Hobson's choice, risk assessment and challenging pharmaceuticalisation. We found that most people claimed that the story did not worry them, even if they stated that they were using sleeping pills, and that focus group members generally appeared to respond in terms of their pre-existing views of hypnotics. The way in which lay expertise was drawn on in responding to the coverage was one of the most striking findings of the study. People referred to their own or others' experience of taking hypnotics to recognise the legitimacy of taking them or to weigh up the risks and benefits, as reflexive users. Overall, our case study cautions against making strong claims about the power of the media to legitimate de-pharmaceuticalisation. While the media may have such a role, this is in the main only for those who are receptive to such a message already.
  • Novel Fluorinated Benzimidazole-Based Scaffolds and their Anticancer Activity in vitro
    Novel Fluorinated Benzimidazole-Based Scaffolds and their Anticancer Activity in vitro Bhambra, Avninder S.; Edgar, Mark; Elsegood, Mark R. J.; Horsburgh, Lynne; Kryštof, Vladimir; Lucas, Paul D.; Mojally, Mariam; Teat, Simon J.; Warwick, Thomas G.; Weaver, George W.; Zeinali, Fatemeh A small library of twelve, structurally diverse, fluoroaryl benzimidazoles was prepared using a simple synthetic strategy employing SNAr reactions. This allowed rapid assembly of heterocyclic structures containing linked and tethered fluoroaryl benzimidazoles. X-ray crystal structures of seven compounds were obtained including those of two macrocyclic compounds containing 21- and 24-membered rings. Three tethered fluoroaryl benzimidazole derivatives demonstrated micromolar inhibition against K-562 and MCF-7 cell lines. These compounds, in addition to 1-tetrafluoropyrid-4-yl-2-tetrafluoropyrid-4-ylsulfanyl-1H-benzimidazole, also demonstrated micromolar inhibition against G361 and HOS cell lines. Two of the compounds were found to activate caspases leading to apoptosis. The file attached to this record is the author's final peer reviewed version. The Publisher's final version can be found by following the DOI link.
  • Close communications: Hedge funds, brokers and the emergence of herding
    Close communications: Hedge funds, brokers and the emergence of herding Kellard, N.; Millo, Y.; Simon, J.; Engel, O. We examine how communication, evaluation and decision-making practices among competing market actors contribute to the establishment of herding and whether this has impact on market wide phenomena such as prices and risk. Data is collected from interviews and observations with hedge fund industry participants in Europe, the United States and Asia. We examine both contemporaneous and biographical data, finding that decision making relies on an elaborate two-tiered structure of connections among hedge fund managers and between them and brokers. This structure is underpinned by idea sharing and development between competing hedge funds leading to ‘expertisebased’ herding and an increased probability of over-embeddedness. We subsequently present a case study demonstrating the role that communication between competing hedge funds plays in the creation of herding and show that such trades affect prices by introducing an additional risk: the disregarding of information from sources outside the trusted connections.
  • Rosamond Lehmann
    Rosamond Lehmann Simons, J.
  • Women, War and the University: Rosamond Lehmann's Dusty Answer
    Women, War and the University: Rosamond Lehmann's Dusty Answer Simons, J.
  • Gender roles in children's fiction
    Gender roles in children's fiction Simons, J.
  • Jane Austen and Popular Culture
    Jane Austen and Popular Culture Simons, J.
  • Angela Brazil and the Making of the Girls’ School Story
    Angela Brazil and the Making of the Girls’ School Story Simons, J.
  • Emma and the closed world of Highbury.
    Emma and the closed world of Highbury. Simons, J.
  • Screening authorship: Little women on screen
    Screening authorship: Little women on screen Cartmell, Deborah; Simons, J.

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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

Qualifications

  • 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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