Dr Claire Thomson
Head of Quality Enhancement and Student Experience
Academic Engagement

Head of Quality Enhancement and Student Experience

Claire Thomson offers strategic leadership and management in the area of quality assurance and enhancement and the overall learning experience of students. She also teaches on the undergraduate English programmes. Claire is a medievalist with publications and research interests in medieval textual studies, codicology, palaeography, stematic analysis and humanities computing. Claire’’s other research interest is in the area of learning and teaching in higher education and the development of new methodologies for the delivery of effective and engaging learning, teaching and assessment. A Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Claire joined Bishop Grosseteste University in 2000; prior to this she lectured at the Universities of Keele and Sheffield.


Claire teaches on a range of modules offered on the undergraduate English programmes. Teaching interests include Chaucer, medieval literature, the development of the novel, English language, historical linguistics, critical skills, and study skills. Claire has a particular interest in literary style and cultural contexts.


Claire’’s research background is in medieval studies – including literature, linguistics, medieval art and architecture. Current research interests include Chaucer, medieval textual studies, codicology and palaeography. Her most recent publications are on the application of humanities computing to medieval texts. Claire’’s other area of study is in the field of learning and teaching and the undergraduate student experience. Research interests here focus on the development of student-centred, blended learning approaches that utilise e-technologies and new methodologies for the delivery of effective and engaging learning, teaching and assessment.

Consultancy and projects

Current projects include the publication of The Blake Editions – a series of online editions which present full diplomatic transcriptions of seven manuscripts of Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales. The work is a collaborative project with the Universities of Oxford, Sheffield, York and Leicester.