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Prof Dinah Birch MA, D.Phil., FEA

Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Cultural Engagement Vice Chancellor's Office


    Personal Statement

    Professor Dinah Birch CBE, BA, MA, DPhil, FRSA,FEA

    Professor Dinah Birch is Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Cultural Engagement and Professor of English Literature at the University of Liverpool. She chaired REF2014 Sub-panel 29 (English Literature and Language) and was Deputy Chair of Main Panel D (Arts and Humanities), and is Chair of Main Panel D in REF 2021. External roles include chairing the Advisory Council for the University of London’s IES, chairing the Editorial Board of The Conversation (an international online journal for the dissemination of research:, chairing the Advisory Board of The Ruskin Library and Research Centre at Lancaster University (where she is a Visiting Professor), and serving as President of the British Association for Victorian Studies.
    Dinah has published widely on Victorian fiction and poetry, and on the work of the critic John Ruskin. Her books include Our Victorian Education (2007), and she is the general editor of the Oxford Companion to English Literature (7th ed., 2009). She has published new editions of Elizabeth Gaskell’s Cranford (2011) and Anthony Trollope’s Can You Forgive Her? (2012) and The Small House at Allington (2014) with Oxford University Press. Her interest in prose style is reflected in recent essays on George Eliot, Anthony Trollope, and John Ruskin, and she has also published work on the Brontë family and 19c education. She served as a member of the Man Booker prize panel in 2012. She is a regular broadcaster and contributor to the Times Literary Supplement and London Review of Books.

    Personal Distinctions

    • Invitation to deliver public lecture (Invitation to Speak, University of Lund, Sweden 2013)
    • Visting Professorship (University of Lancaster 2012)
    • Invitation to deliver keynote lecture (Keynote Speech, BAVS 2012)
    • Inaugural Visiting Professor (Leeds Trinity 2011)
    • 'The Fiction of Hilary Mantel (Keynote Speech, University of Oxford 2009)
    • "Watching and thinking: Charlotte Bronte's Vision" (Invitation to Speak, Birmingham City University 2009)
    • '"Good Teaching: Adam Bede and Education' (Invitation to Speak, IES, University of London 2009)
    • Invited to serve as inaugural Visiting Professor at Leeds Centre fro Victorian Studies (Trinity, Leeds University 2009)
    • 'The Eye of the Gazer': What Charlotte Bronte Saw' (Keynote Speech, Warrington Literary and Philosophical Society 2009)
    • 'A Grain of Salt: Vision in Tennyson and Ruskin' (Invitation to Speak, Univeristy of Hull 2009)
    • honorary doctorate (Lund University, Sweden 2009)
    • 'Literary Connections: Ruskin and Tennyson' (Invitation to Speak, University of Lancaster 2009)
    • Invitation to speak at BAVS conference, September 2008 (Invitation to Speak, BAVS conference committee 2008)
    • 'Learning and Teaching: Ruskin as Educator' (Invitation to Speak, Friends of Ruskin Association 2007)
    • Ruskin and the Environment (Invitation to Speak, Aberystwyth University 2007)

    Administrative Roles

    • Director of MA in Victorian Literature

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