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Michelle Lester

Curriculum Manager for Academic Studies

Michelle has spent her working life as an English teacher, mainly in FE, teaching A-Level, IB and GCSE English Literature/Language. For the last five years, prior to joining Arts University Plymouth, she coordinated the IB Diploma Programme at Exeter College where she also taught IB English Literature and Theory of Knowledge.

During this time, Michelle also undertook a Research Masters in the work of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, an 18th century woman who travelled to Turkey where she was the first Westerner to enter the female-only spaces of the harems and bathing-houses.

Michelle’s literary interests are eclectic but undeniably dominated by issues of gender and representations of the ‘other’. She names her ‘desert island’ writers as Virginia Woolf, William Blake, and Toni Morrison.

Michelle has always taught and thought of Literature as an art form, and particularly enjoys exploring translations, transformations and adaptations from one form to another.

As Curriculum Manager for Academic Studies at Arts University Plymouth, Michelle is responsible for the delivery of English and Maths both as qualifications (GCSE and Functional Skills) and embedded within the Extended Diploma curriculum. She also oversees the delivery of the IB Diploma subjects as part of the new IB Career-Related Pathway (IBCP).

Michelle teaches on our IB English Literature; IBCP Language Development, and delivers embedded English and Maths on Foundation Art and Design.

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