As a general assistant in the TU clothing department, I have undertaken a number of roles and in particular adopted main responsibility for management of the warehouse: unpacking stock, moving it to racking or railings and readying it for dressing on the shop floor. Within two months of joining, I was recognised by the company for my efforts to improve the order and safety of the working environment,
Assisted a professor of English in the production of a study guide on critical responses to Tennessee Wiliiams' 'A Streetcar Named Desire', which involved a great deal of close reading and succinct editing and summaries of textual criticism.
For a year between my Bachelor and Master's degrees, I worked alongside Matt Holmes in his gardening, decorating and maintenance company. This experience gave me a broad range of practical skills which I still value, in addition to adapting me to the rigours of work: the difficulty of, for instance, leaving the house at 7am to dig out concrete before putting up fences in a day's heavy rain and so on.
Won the MMU's prize for English with my first-class dissertation on postmodern deconstructive techniques in the novels of Flann O'Brien.