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Dr Eleanor Hodgson

Senior Educator Developer

Room 1, Old Library


I am a Senior Educator Developer, working with colleagues across the university to share, develop, and enhance education practice. I have been working in education for over 12 years across several different institutions, and have gained a varied portfolio of pedagogic experience through roles as a study skills tutor, qualified teacher (Secondary Education), GTA, and both Associate Lecturer and Lecturer in my subject specialism (French). I have also held professional services roles as Evaluation Specialist for the collaborative outreach consortium Next Steps South West, and as accreditation and rankings officer at Exeter’s Business School. This broad spectrum of experience has given me multiple lenses through which to understand the work of both academic and professional services colleagues, and I draw on these in my role as Director of Exeter’s ASPIRE Professional Recognition Pathway through which colleagues seek recognition of their education practice by gaining HEA fellowship.

Subject specialism:

French language, literature, and culture. As an academic, my two primary areas of research were intertextuality in medieval French romance, and contemporary representations of French society in Francophone rap.

Areas of interest

  • Recognising, sharing, and valuing best practice in education
  • Assessment in Higher Education, with a particular interest in assessment as learning
  • Feedback cultures to support student learning and engagement
  • Active learning and peer support (both students and colleagues)
  • Pedagogies for Modern Foreign Languages teaching (previous experience teaching French from Beginners/Year 7 to Advanced/Final Year UG)

Qualifications and awards

  • Education Commendation award, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Education, University of Exeter (2020)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2018)
  • QTS and NQT in Modern Foreign Languages (French and German, Secondary Level) (2015-17)
  • PhD French Studies: ‘Reflections of writing, rewriting, and reading in twelfth-century French romance: A study of Guillaume de Palerne as a self-reflexive romance’, University of Sheffield (2015)
  • MA French Studies (Research Track), Distinction, University of Sheffield (2011)
  • BA (Hons) French and Music, First Class, University of Sheffield (2010)

Internal and external networks, working groups, and current projects

  • Academic Development Faculty Liaison, HASS Faculty
  • ESE Faculty Better Assessment Working Group
  • NSS Gold Assessment Expert Group (2022-23)
  • Project support, Assessment Reimagined (Summer 2022)
  • Under-represented students working group (2022-date)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) Developers’ Network
  • Co-lead, South West Educational Developers Forum (SWEDF)
  • Accredited Programme Leaders Network, Advance HE
  • Decolonising the curriculum in Secondary Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) Special Interest Group (SIG)
  • Modern Languages Outreach and Engagement Project (2020-21)
  • Member: Society for French Studies, Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France

Banerjee, P., True, C., Hart, R., Hodgson, E., Dingwall, K., & Shen, Z. (2023). Evaluation of the ‘Articulate’ widening participation intervention aimed at improving soft skills and HE aspirations of students from traditionally under-represented backgrounds. Review of Education, 11, e3391.

Hodgson, E. (2016) "Transforming Tales: Rewriting Metamorphosis in Medieval French Literature by Miranda Griffin." The Mediaeval Journal, 6:2, 157–158.

Hodgson, E. (2016) ‘Rewriting the werewolf: transformations of Bisclavret in Guillaume de Palerne’, French Studies Bulletin, 37, 9-13.

Hodgson, E. (2016) ‘Frontiers of Parody and Transformation in Guillaume de Palerne’, inM. Mardureira, C. Slamote Carreto, A. Paiva Morais(eds) Parodies courtoises, parodies de la courtoisie. Paris: Classiques Garnier, pp. 417-429.

Hodgson, E. (2014) ‘L’héroïne provocatrice? La représentation de Melior dans Guillaume de Palerne’, Synergies Royaume-Uni et Irlande, 7, 105-13, accessible via

McCallam, D., Hodgson, E. (2013) ‘La reconnaissance agonistiqueL’Ile des Esclaves et La Fausse Suivante de Marivaux’, Arrêt sur scène / Scene Focus, 2 (2013), 155-64, accessible via 

Hodgson, E. (2012) ‘Word Gets Around – Oral communication connecting communities in the Lais of Marie de France’, Track Changes: The Postgraduate Journal of the Faculty of Arts & Humanities at the University of Sheffield, 2 (2012), 7-18, accessible via,%20Winter%202011/Eleanor%20Hodgson.pdf

Selected talks, outreach activities and conference papers

‘Le rap français et l’identité nationale’, Sixth-Form Research Workshop, Tauton School and Ivybridge Community College, March and July 2023.

‘Dialogic Assessments and ASPIRE PRP at the University of Exeter’, talk with Dr Caitlin Kight, SWEDF, March 2023.

‘Reimagining Assessment at the University of Exeter: our journey so far’, talk with Oli Young, Advance HE Assessment and Feedback Symposium, November 2022.

‘Repenser le rôle du rap dans la société française contemporaine’, Sixth-Form Research seminar, Taunton School, June 2021.

‘Rethinking (with/through) languages at university - The role of rap in French Society’, Y10-Y13 outreach workshop. Delivered online for University of Exeter Scholars’ programme and for Modern Languages Outreach and Engagement project, February and March 2021.

‘Rapping narratives of exile, home, and belonging in contemporary France: a comparative analysis of Abd Al Malik, Youssoupha, and Gaël Faye’, Association for the Study of Modern & Contemporary France Annual Conference, University of Leeds (online), September 2020.

‘Parler de la France multiculturelle: Abd al Malik, le rap, et la poésie’, Sixth-Form Research seminar, Millfield School, April 2019. Repeat delivery of seminar in November 2019 and at Taunton School in February 2020.

‘Ghetto gangsters or political poets? The role of rap in modern French society’, Next Steps South West HE Roadshow, various locations in Cornwall and Devon, September 2018. Repeat delivery as part of Humanities and Social Sciences Taster Day, University of Exeter, July 2020.

‘Disguising, changing, and exchanging identities: women and ‘trans-identity’ in Guillaume de Palerne’, Society for French Studies, University of Durham, July 2017.

‘Disguised, transformed, or trapped bodies? Questioning voluntary and reversible metamorphosis in the Guillaume de Palerne animal-skin motif’, Bodies in Flux: Rewriting the Body in Medieval Literature, University of Warwick, May 2017.

‘Marginalised, replaced, or forgotten? The changing role of Melior in Guillaume de Palerne’, International Courtly Literature Society (ICLS) British Branch Conference, University of St Andrews, April 2017.

‘Hidden, lost, and transformed identities in Guillaume de Palerne’, MEMSA PG Conference, University of Durham, July 2016.

‘Doubling, correspondence, and self-reflexivity in Guillaume de Palerne’, London Postgraduate French Conference, Senate House, London, November 2015.

‘“Franche beste, com me faites grant cortoisie”: The representation of animal courtliness in Guillaume de Palerne and its intertexts’, ICLS British Branch Conference, University of Warwick, April 2015.

‘Travel and Transformation in Guillaume de Palerne’, International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, July 2014.

‘Girl Power? Women and transformation in Guillaume de Palerne’, ICLS British Branch Conference, University of Exeter, April 2014.

‘Les frontières de la transformation dans Guillaume de Palerne’, French Research Seminar Series, University of Sheffield, November 2013.

‘Frontiers of Parody and Transformation in Guillaume de Palerne’, ICLS International Congress, Universidade De Lisboa, Lisbon, July 2013.

‘Being double: the dual identity of Abd Al Malik’, Réseau F Conference, University of Birmingham, May 2013.