Staff Profile

  • Laura-Jane studied for her first degree at the University of Northampton where she was awarded a BA (Hons) in English with Music. She then went on to gain an MA with distinction in Modern English Studies before completing her teacher training. Following this, she worked at a local secondary school in Northampton before moving to Bali, Indonesia, to teach at a private international school.

    She returned to study in the UK through a fully-funded AHRC award and gained a PhD in English Literature at De Montfort University. Following the completion of her doctorate she commenced another international secondary teaching post in Thailand, before settling back in the UK.

    Laura-Jane joined the University of Northampton in 2017. She is currently a Senior Lecturer on the BAQTS programme and is part of the assessment team for the PCGE programme. She is also a Personal Tutor.

  • Laura-Jane is Module Lead for the ITT4005 Principal Module and teaches on the following modules:

    • ITT1029: Practitioner Researcher
    • ITT1030: The Developing Teacher of English
    • ITT2041: Enriching the Teaching of English
    • ITT3061: Enhancing the Expert Primary School Teacher

    Laura-Jane is also a Y3 dissertation supervisor and a Personal Tutor for students taking the BA QTS degree and PGCE 5-11 programmes.

  • Laura-Jane’s thesis was entitled ‘Speculative Fiction by Twenty-First Century Women Writers’. Her research interest lies within contemporary feminisms and literary representations of the future female, with a particular focus on the body as a locus of choice.  

    She is currently working on an article on Rivers Solomon’s Unkindness of Ghosts for a proposed edited collection entitled Transgender Literary Theory and Criticism. She is also finalising her longer-term project of a proposed research monograph on speculative fiction by 21st century women writers.

  • For publications, projects, datasets, research interests and activities, view Laura-Jane Devanny’s research profile on Pure, the University of Northampton’s Research Explorer.

  • Laura-Jane Devanny, Jeanette Winterson and Religion, Contemporary Women’s Writing, 2021; vpab020,