Dr Mark Yates

School of Arts, Media and Creative Technologies

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Contact Details

Crescent House, Room 212
University of Salford
M5 4WT

Current positions

Lecturer in English Literature


I am a Lecturer in C 18th/19th English Literature, working within the School of Arts, Media, and Creative Technology at the University of Salford. I am also the Admissions Lead for English and a Wordscope Tutor.

After gaining a BA (hons) in English Literature and an MA in Literature, Culture, and Modernity from the University of Salford between 2006 and 2010, I completed a joint-doctorate in English Literature at the University of Salford and Ghent University in 2014.

I taught English Literature as a Doctoral Research Fellow at Ghent University in 2013. Alongside working as an Associate Lecturer for the University of Salford between 2014 and 2019, I worked as a trustee for the Book-Cycle Charitable Trust—a volunteer run charity which seeks to empower communities both in the UK and in developing countries through the provision of free books and educational resources. I became a Lecturer in C 18th/19th English Literature in 2019, and I teach on a variety of modules in English across Levels 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7. I completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice in 2020, leading to my recognition as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2021.

I have received specialised training in printmaking and, in addition to presenting conference papers in both Europe and America, I have published several articles on William Blake and David Lynch.

Areas of Research

• Eighteenth-Century Literature and Print Culture
• The Gothic and Horror in Literature, Film, and Television
• Psychoanalysis
• Ecocriticism
• Intertextuality
• Paratexts


Within the English subject area, I teach or offer supervisions on a variety of modules across programmes in English, including the following:

• Reading Management Skills (L3)
• Critical Skills in the 21st Century (L4)
• Discovering Literature (L4)
• The Romantic Period: the Sublime and the Gothic (L5)
• The Female Gothic (L5)
• Work Placement (L5)
• Dissertation (L6)
• Theory, Text, Writing (L7)
• Professional Practice (L7)

I also teach on Wordscope, a programme of tuition with a proven record of helping students to overcome common writing problems such as inappropriate punctuation, faulty sentence structure, and confused paragraphing.

Qualifications and Recognitions

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice

    2019 - 2020
  • Doctor of Philosophy

    2011 - 2014
  • Doctor of Literary Studies

    2011 - 2014
  • MA Literature, Culture, and Modernity

    2009 - 2010
  • BA (Hons) English Literature

    2006 - 2009