Kathryn Twigg

Doctoral Researcher


Current Status

Writing up

Research Topic

The Trauma-Informed Teaching of Shakespeare

Research summary

My research explores the trauma-informed teaching of Shakespeare. My thesis explores the need for and development of a new pedagogy that aim to increase the academic achievement and social/emotional wellbeing of trauma-survivors during their study of Shakespeare through addressing any additional learning needs. My research ties together the fields of Shakespeare studies, education, and developmental psychology, aiming to develop appropriate educational frameworks to support young trauma-survivors in their study of Shakespeare.


  • BA (hons) Drama – Liverpool John Moores University (2009-2012)
  • MA Shakespeare and Education – The Shakespeare Institute (2012-2013)
  • PGCE Secondary Drama – Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (2013-2014)

Research interests

  • Teaching and pedagogy
  • Education policy and practice
  • Shakespeare (education, performance, and adaptation)
  • Teaching learners with special educational needs
  • Educational psychology
  • Developmental psychology
  • Education for social justice
  • Young adult literature and its impact on readers
  • Developing aademic writing

Research Supervisors

Abigail Rokison-Woodall (Shakespeare Institute) and Dr Neil Hall



Membership of research and professional organisations

  • British Shakespeare Association
  • The British Graduate Shakespeare Conference (Co-Chair 2020-21)
  • The Brilliant Club (academic tutor)
  • University of Birmingham Academic Writing Service (academic writing tutor 2021-22)


  • School of Education PGR Conference (presented 2020)
  • British Graduate Shakespeare Conference (presenter 2020)
  • British Graduate Shakespeare Conference (Co-Chair and presenter 2021)
  • British Shakespeare Association Conference (presenter 2021)

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