Lecturer offers a new generation of thinking

A Lecturer in English at the University of Wolverhampton has been selected as one of 2018’s New Generation Thinkers; an annual scheme run by BBC Radio 3, BBC Arts, and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

Dr Daisy Black, 32 from Bressingham in Norfolk, a specialist in gender in medieval and renaissance drama, will be making a programme for BBC Radio 3 on her research project 'Eating God: Food in Medieval Religious Drama'. 

Every year, ten researchers at the start of their careers who can turn their fascinating research into stimulating programmes are chosen for the scheme. Its aim is to provide a development opportunity for early career researchers, cultivating the skills they need to communicate their research findings to a broader audience outside of the academic community.

As a New Generation Thinker Daisy will also be have the opportunity to appear in a number of radio and television broadcasts and panel debates over the next few years.  Her role will be officially introduced at the Free Thinking Festival in Gateshead which will be taking place from Friday 9th until Sunday 11th March.

Daisy studied A Levels at Diss High School in Diss, near Bressingham, and graduated in English Literature from Cambridge University before completing a Master’s degree in Medieval Culture and Context at the University of Manchester.

Dr Frank Wilson, Head of the Department of English, Linguistics and Creative Writing, said: “This is a marvellous achievement both for Daisy and the University.  Being selected to take part in such a prestigious scheme means that she will appear regularly on BBC Radio 3 and will also help to develop programme ideas and contribute across the BBC’s radio, TV and online output.

Daisy said: “I’m really excited to be taking my research to BBC audiences around the country – getting the chance to enlighten people around the UK about medieval drama. I’m hoping to use what I learn during my time at the BBC to create some opportunities for students who are studying at the University – maybe helping them with media training or creative writing.

“I’ve been an active performer for years, with an interest in theatre directing and producing so this exciting opportunity is an amazing chance for me to take my performance to the next level.”

  • English at Wolverhampton has now scored 100% for ‘Overall Satisfaction’ for 3 years running on the National Student Survey, and its new 3-year degree in BA (Hons.) English with Secondary Education (with recommendation for Qualified Teaching Status) is now recruiting for September 2018.
  • English offers an exciting blend of study, balancing traditional, canonical literature from medieval to postmodern, with a focus on issues and materials more centred on contemporary cultural studies.  It has just appointed a research professor specialising in the Digital Humanities to its 50th Anniversary Chair in English Literature.


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Date Issued: 21st February 2018

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