Dr Jessica Clare Hancock

Role: Head of Learning and Teaching

Institution: University of Winchester

Email: jessica.hancock@winchester.ac.uk

Research interests:

Jessica’s research interests lie in both education and literature. In education, her research examines identities of both students and teaching staff, and in particular analyses the possibilities for compassion in Higher Education.

The nascent compassionate turn in education demonstrates the importance of contesting market-driven narratives of Higher Education. A key way to position compassion at the centre of Higher Education is through academic development. Jessica’s recent work offers a consideration of the utility of compassion and identity exploration in academic development for teaching staff in Higher Education.

In my feelings: Emotion, compassion and teaching development for PhD students, Educational Developments 21(1), 2020, pp. 5-8

Masculinities in Old Norse Literature (Boydell and Brewer, 2020) (co-edited with Gareth Lloyd Evans)

‘That which a hand gives a hand or a foot gives a foot’: Male Kinship Obligations in the Heroic Poetic Edda and Völsunga saga’ in Masculinities in Old Norse Literature (Boydell and Brewer, 2020)

‘Introduction’ and ‘Afterword: The Ethics and Urgency of Studying Old Norse Masculinities’ in Masculinities in Old Norse Literature (Boydell and Brewer, 2020) (co-written with Gareth Lloyd Evans)

Engaging with Liminalities and Combating Toxicity: a Compassionate Approach to Developing Professional Identities for PhD Students who Teach, Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice, 6(3), 2019, pp. 6674. doi:10.14297/jpaap.v6i3.380.

‘It can’t be found in books’: how a flipped-classroom approach using online videos can engage postgraduate students in dissertation writing, Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education 16, 2019, Available at: https://journal.aldinhe.ac.uk/index.php/jldhe/article/view/485

‘Who’s afraid of an electric torch?: Reimagining the Viking world in contemporary picturebooks’, in The Vikings Reimagined (De Gruyter, 2019)


Dr Jessica Clare Hancock is Head of Learning and Teaching at the University of Winchester. She is Programme Leader for the MA in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, and CASTLE (Celebration and Accreditation Scheme for Teaching and Learning Expertise) – Winchester’s scheme for achieving HEA Fellowship.

Prior to joining Winchester, Jessica was a lecturer in Educational Development at City, University of London where she taught and led modules on the MA in Academic Practice, and created bespoke support for PhD researchers who teach at City, including designing the Establishing a Teaching Persona programme.

Jessica has taught in Higher Education for over a decade, including at Glasgow Caledonian University, the University of Portsmouth, Brunel University and the University of Oxford.

Her background is in literature, and her ARHC-funded doctoral research, at the University of Oxford, examined gender identity in re-writings of the medieval Scandinavian Völsung legend (also the inspiration for Wagner’s Ring Cycle operas). The texts analysed in her thesis included The Poetic Edda, Völsunga saga, William Morris’ The Story of Sigurd the Volsung and the Fall of the Niblungs, J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún and Melvin Burgess’ young-adult novels Bloodtide and Bloodsong.

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