Skip to main content
University of Bath

Dr Richard Mason PGCE, PhD, FHEA Curriculum and Academic Developer

Richard supports teaching and learning across the university with a focus on curriculum design and development.


Richard is a member of the Curriculum and Academic Development team in the CLT. He supports staff across the institution in the design and development of the curriculum and in the enhancement of teaching and learning practice.


My research background spans education studies, literary studies and modern languages. I have published articles in French and English on topics related to education and pedagogy, often focusing on the relationship between selfhood, collective identity and reading and writing. I have recently co-edited a special issue of the critical theory journal Paragraph exploring conceptions of difficulty across a range of educational and pedagogic contexts.

Recent publications include:

  • 'Difficulty’s Knots: Disturbance, Untimeliness, Risk', a special issue of Paragraph. A Journal of Modern Critical Theory, co-edited by Richard Mason and Kasia Mika, 47:1, March 2024.

  • ‘L’absence de l’école et les paramètres de l’éducation dans À la recherche du temps perdu’, Bulletin d’informations proustiennes, 53, 2023, 87-98.

  • ‘Writing and Selfhood in the Pedagogy of Célestin Freinet’, French Studies, 77.1, January 2023, 48–63.


My career before joining the Centre for Learning and Teaching at Bath has encompassed roles in teaching, research and knowledge exchange.

In 2016 I completed a PhD in French Literature and Culture at King's College London, submitting a thesis on the novels of Marcel Proust and Jean Genet. Following that, I held Teaching Fellow and Postdoctoral Research Assistant roles in the Department of French at King's, as well as working as a Knowledge Exchange Associate across the university's faculties.

In 2018 I took up a role as Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at University College Cork, working on a project on educational experimentation and literary theory in the twentieth century in France.

From 2019 onwards I was Lecturer in French, and then Comparative Literature, at Queen Mary University London, where I worked until joining University of Bath in 2024. During my time at Queen Mary I was awarded Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.


  • BA, French with English (1st), King's College London, 2009
  • PGCE, Modern Languages, King's College London, 2010
  • MA, French Literature and Culture (Distinction), King's College London, 2011
  • PhD, French Literature and Culture, King's College London, 2016