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Dr Niamh Pattwell


Niamh Pattwell

Lecturer/Assistant Professor
School of English, Drama and Film
01 716 8251
University College Dublin, School of English Drama and Film, Newman Building Belfield Dublin 4


Education and Experience:I am a graduate of University College Cork (BA, H.Dip. Ed., H.Dip.T. Rel. Ed., and MA) and of Trinity College, Dublin (PhD). Before returning to UCC in 1996 to complete an MA in Medieval and Renaissance English Literature, I worked as a secondary school teacher for four years, teaching English and French to all year groups. Prior to joining UCD in 2004, I worked as a tutor in UCC, TCD and UCD. I held a Teaching Fellowship in Queens University Belfast (2002-3) and a Broad Curriculum Teaching Fellowship in TCD (2003-4). I am an experienced teacher at second and third level, including the successful supervision of postgraduate students to both MA and PhD level.I have worked on a number of roles within the College of Arts and Humanities, including a Project Champion on the Curriculum Review Enhancement Process (2015-2017) for the taught graduate programmes in the College of Arts and Humanities. Since 2013, I have been a Member of the Board of Trustees for UCD Volunteer Overseas during which I have worked with students as they prepare, plan and review the myriad of projects that UCDVO sponsors in the developing world. Research Interest in BriefI work in the area of religious vernacular prose writings of the late middle ages, with a particular interest in their production and circulation. I have published an edition with Middle English Text series (Winter, Heidelberg) and a number of articles that explore the circulation of heterodox and orthodox texts among lay and clerical readers. My work on the Index of Middle English Prose for TCD, with its significant collection of orthodox and Wycliffite material, provides ample opportunity to develop this work further. I have built considerable expertise in codicology and palaeography, and now work with Marsh's library on their medieval manuscript fragments, both publishing material and developing research-based modules for postgraduate students. I look forward to welcoming international scholars, interested in the field of early books, to UCD in 2019 for the Early Book Society conference.


  • Lecturer in Old and Middle English
    University College Dublin1 Jan 2004 - 1 Jan 2007
  • Broad Curriculum Postgraduate/Post-doctoral Teaching Fellow
    Trinity College, Dublin1 Jan 2003 - 1 Jan 2004
  • Lecturer in Middle English
    University College Dublin1 Sep 2003 - 1 Dec 2003
  • Teaching Fellow
    Queen's University Belfast1 Jan 2002 - 1 Jan 2003
  • Teaching Assistant
    University College Dublin1 Jan 2002 - 1 Jan 2003
  • Teaching Assistant
    Trinity College Dublin1 Jan 2000 - 1 Jan 2003
  • Secondary School
    F.C.J. Bunclody, Co. Wexford1 Jan 1998
  • Secondary School
    Sacred Heart, Clonakilty, Co. Cork1 Jan 1993 - 1 Jan 1996


  • BA
    University College Cork
  • H Dip in Education
    University College Cork
  • MA
    University College Cork
  • PhD
    Trinity College Dublin


  • French
    Can read, write, speak and understand
  • Latin
    Can read, write, speak and understand