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  • The Impact of Working Conditions on the UK’s Teaching Assistants, Ravalier, J., Walsh, J., Hoult, E. 2 Nov 2021, In: Oxford Review of Education
  • When learning becomes a fetish: the pledge, turn and prestige of magic tricks, Bainbridge, A., Gaitanidis, A., Hoult, E. 16 Dec 2017, In: Pedagogy, Culture and Society
  • Poetry as method – trying to see the world differently, Hoult, E., Mort , H., Pahl, K., Rasool , Z. 1 Feb 2020, In: Research for All
  • The Social Uses of the Alien: An Account of a Science Fiction Film Project in a UK Men's Prison, Hoult, E. 2018, In: Foundation: International Review of Science Fiction
  • Adult Learning and la Recherche Féminine: Reading Resilience and Hélène Cixous, Hoult, E. 2012
  • Recognizing and Escaping the Sham: Authority moves, truth claims and the fiction of academic writing about adult learning, Hoult, E. 2012, In: InterActions: UCLA Journal of Education and Information Studies
  • Re-thinking Vulnerability and Resilience through a Psychosocial Reading of Shakespeare, Hoult, E. 2015, Psychosocial Imaginaries, London and New York, Palgrave Macmillan

My areas of research are, broadly:

1) the development of an understanding of resilience in disadvantaged and marginalised learners;

2) the use of literary theory and literary analysis alongside empirical data as an investigative framework in education - Hoult, E.C. (2012) Adult Learning and La Recherche Féminine: Reading Resilience and Hélène Cixous New York: Palgrave Macmillan

3) the cultivation of higher level reading practices as a function of resilience and resistance in marginalised and traumatised learners (the cultivation of the ability to read plurally as well as to resist authoritative single readings of oneself as a particular type of learner) - I am currently interested in the application of this idea to prison education and to 'looked after' children in the education system;

4) adult learning as a driver of social change.

  • David Nichol Becoming an academic in Higher Education: Staff perceptions of influences that support or deter the development of their professional identities Start Date: 17/03/2020 End Date: 26/06/2022

Dr Elizabeth Hoult is a Professor of Education at Northumbria University in the UK.  Her research interests include the application of literary theory and literary analysis to social research; resilience in education, and adult and community education as ways of nurturing hopeful futures.  Her research has been described as methodologically groundbreaking, stemming from her doctoral monograph ‘Hoult, E.C. (2012) Adult Learning and La Recherche Féminine: Reading Resilience and Hélène Cixous New York: Palgrave Macmillan,  in the way that it juxtaposes literary analysis and qualitative data in order to read social issues. She continues to think about the way that deep engagement with texts allows individuals and communities to imagine alternative futures. To this end she is interested in the civic university as a source of social renewal. Her recent writing has explored the uses of science fiction as a container for speculative and contemplative conversations about hopeful futures.  She is committed to an academic life which supports teaching, research and knowledge exchange as equally important and interrelated endeavours.



PhD completions 

Ursula Edgington - Performativity and Affectivity: lesson observations in England's Further Education Colleges (2013)

Christian Beighton - Deleuze and Lifelong Learning: creativity, events and ethics (latter part supervision, 2014)

Denise Cormack - Life-Writing as a Method of Inquiry: good enough mothering and life chances (2015)

Kate Thomas -  Dimensions of Belonging: Rethinking retention for mature part-time undergraduates in English higher education (April, 2016)

Beverley Hayward - Making the Invisible, Visible: the positioning of the learning support assistant in higher education adn the possibilities for resistance (2019)

Matthew Martinez - Reading Resilience: exploring non-normative modes of writing and being (2020)

Val Sanders - Losing and Finding Oneself in a Book: An exploration of the mysterious immersive experience of reading literary fiction (2021 )


  • Education PhD March 05 2010
  • MA November 01 2000
  • PGCE July 31 1993
  • English Literature BA (Hons) July 31 1992
  • National Teaching Fellowship
  • Member Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE)

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