Dr David Wharton

Lecturer in Education

School/Department: Education, School of

Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 3732



After qualifying in 1991 I taught for over twenty years in schools and colleges in Warrington, Leicester and Nottingham, ultimately taking on Head of Department roles in English Media and Film Studies. Before joining Leicester School of Education in 2016, I was Course Director for Creative Writing at the University’s Centre for Lifelong Learning.


I am on a teaching-focussed contract and do not undertake funded research.


I co-wrote (with Jeremy Grant) two well-regarded education textbooks for the British Film Institute: Teaching Auteur Study and Teaching Analysis of Film Language, and contributed a quarter of the entries to the Hodder A-Z of Media and Film Studies.

My fiction and poetry have appeared in various literary magazines. My novel, Finer Things, was published by Sandstone Press in 2019. I have recently finished another, based on true events in Victorian Leicester.


I will consider PhD projects on all aspects of English literature teaching, on creative writing pedagogy, on Lifelong Learning, and on media in education. My strong preference is for qualitative methodology. Currently I am supervising two students: one researching social media representations of female university students in Algeria and one researching the uses of multimodal production in HE English Literature courses.

As a working novelist, I would be delighted to see more applications relating to creative writing teaching at secondary-school level or higher.  


I teach on the English strand of the Secondary PGCE and on the M.Ed. I also supervise PhD students in Education Studies.

Press and media

Any topics relating to education, to schools, and to the teaching of English.


BA (Hons) Literature: University of Essex

MA Modern Literature (Since 1850): University of Kent at Canterbury

PGCE English: University of Leeds

PhD English (Creative Writing) University of Leicester

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