Curriculum Vitae – Vic Clarke

About me

Researcher, writer, and administrator based in Leeds. I am submitting my PhD in September 2020, and keen to use my attention to detail and excellent written and verbal communication skills for administration work in the private or charity sectors. Check out my writing portfolio!


School of English, University of Leeds

Graduate Teaching Assistant (January 2018 – Present)

  • Taught on a variety of subjects within English, from Poetry to Victorian Literature. I design a syllabus around canonical texts, planning and delivering activities within seminars; researching, writing, and presenting original lectures on specific themes, as well as marking assessments and providing specific, actionable feedback to students.
  • Module leader for Leeds International Summer School module ‘British Literature and the Brontës’ in Summer 2019. I successfully led excursions to the Brotherton special collections, Leeds Art Gallery, and a day trip to the Brontë Parsonage, Haworth, receiving excellent feedback from students. In Summer 2020 I was due to reprise the role but LISS cancelled all teaching due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

East End Women’s Museum

Research Consultant (Fixed-term September 2019 – January 2020)

  • Designed a comprehensive analysis framework to compare two very different sets of qualitative and quantitative data, culminating in a comprehensive report of what potential visitors want from the museum.
  • Represented the museum at networking events and conferences in the heritage sector.

School of English, University of Leeds

Letterpress Project – Project Administrator (Fixed-term October 2017 – August 2018)

  • Organized two interdisciplinary workshops in Dublin and Bath on aspects of print culture past and present, as well as a two-day international conference held at Leeds.
  • Successfully applied for Bibliographical Society funding to support postgraduate students to attend our Leeds conference.
  • Collected and analysed feedback from events into a report for the Arts and Humanities Research Council and created an online directory of academics, artists, libraries, and heritage professionals working with letterpress.


University of Leeds, PhD, October 2016- September 2020

Schools of English and History.

  • Won Research Council funding to complete this long-term research project, on the ways that the leading Chartist newspaper, the Northern Star was used as a tool for communities of protest in Victorian Britain.
  • Data derived from digitized Victorian newspapers as well as archived correspondence.
  • Culminated in an independently written and managed 100,000-word project, completed alongside paid teaching, research, and administrative work.

University of Leeds, MA, 2014 – 2016

Victorian Literature – Merit.

University of Roehampton, BA, 2011 – 2014

English Literature with English Language & Linguistics – First class honours.

Events Organisation and Public Speaking

University of Leeds, ‘New Directions in 19th Century Periodical Studies’ conference, September 2019.

  • Took over as head of organizing committee at short notice to cover a colleague on sick leave, making arrangements for travel and accommodation of speakers.
  • The event ran smoothly as I chaired panels and fielding questions, guiding delegates around campus, as well as publicizing the event through organizational mailing lists, a website, and social media presence.

‘Ask a Historian’ Kennington Common: 1848-2018 Festival

  • Invited to participate in this local history festival by the Friends of Kennington Common as a resident historian, answering questions from the public and sharing information about the mass Chartist Meeting of 1848 based on my PhD research.
  • Wrote a short essay for a general audience in the publication ‘Kennington 1848: Another Look’ []

School of English Postgraduate Seminar, 2017-2018.

  • Organised a popular seminar series, working with a colleague, to highlight the newest work being done by postgraduates of all stages within our department.
  • Recruited speakers, publicized events through official university channels; created social media profiles; planning and marketing events in advance to great success.
  • Increased regular attendance at the seminar on previous years.

Interested in working together? Get in touch!