Research academic turns a new page in career with prestigious fellowship
A University of Wolverhampton research academic has turned a new page in his career by being awarded a prestigious Fellowship.
Sebastian Groes, Professor in English Literature in the University’s School of Humanities, has been invited to become a Fellow of The English Association in recognition of his outstanding work and achievements as a member of the community of English.
The English Association is a subject association for people passionate about English literature, language, and creative writing, bringing together individuals and organisations from all sectors of education and all areas of English studies. Through publications, events, and networks, the association promotes dialogue, distributes knowledge, and defends the discipline.
President of the English Association, Robert Penman, said: “The English Association has a long tradition, dating back to its foundation in 1906, of honouring those who have made a distinguished contribution to a subject and, more recently, introduced this special category of membership by invitation only.
“We have over 320 current Fellows, including writers, academics and those engaged with English at every stage of education, as well as librarians, journalists, publishers and editors. The aim of the English Association is to foster excellence in teaching and research and to promote the study and enjoyment of English literature, language, and creative writing across all sectors of education.
“As leading figures in the discipline, our Fellows assist us in that work by sharing their expertise and enthusiasm, raising the profile of the subject, and inspiring young people to choose English at A Level and university.”
Professor Groes said: “I’m absolutely delighted to have been invited to join the English Association as a Fellow and I’m really looking forward to sharing my expertise to further raise the profile of English and, more widely, Humanities as a growing area of interest – especially for young people.”
Since he started at the University in 2018, Professor Groes has led a team of researchers in the School of Humanities which was recently cited as world class in the national Research Excellence Framework (REF2021). The English unit of assessment jumped almost 40 places in the rankings.
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