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Centre Director, Miles Leeson

Dr Miles Leeson is the Director of the IMRC and Visiting Research Fellow at Kingston University. He is the lead editor of the Iris Murdoch Review and has published widely on Murdoch’s work. He published Iris Murdoch: Philosophical Novelist (Continuum) in 2010 and the edited collections Incest in Contemporary Literature (Manchester University Press, 2018, paperback 2020) and Iris Murdoch: A Centenary Celebration (Yeovil: Sabrestorm Press, 2019). All enquiries for study-related matters should be directed to him in the first instance.   Email:

Deputy Director, Frances White

Dr Frances White is Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Chichester, Deputy Director of the IMRC, editor of the Iris Murdoch Review, and Writer in Residence at Kingston University Writing School. She has published widely on Iris Murdoch; her Becoming Iris Murdoch (2014) won the Kingston University Press Short Biography Competition. Email:

Visiting professor, Anne Rowe

Anne Rowe is Visiting Professor at the University of Chichester and Emeritus Research Fellow with the Iris Murdoch Archive Project at Kingston University. Her publications include The Visual Arts and the Novels of Iris Murdoch (2002);  Iris Murdoch:  A Literary Life (2010) with Priscilla Martin, and Living on Paper: Letters from Iris Murdoch 1934-1995 (2015), co-edited with Avril Horner and Iris Murdoch (2019) in the Writers and their Work series from Liverpool University Press. Email:

Research Associate, Margaret Guise

Dr Margaret Guise is an Associate Lecturer for the Department of Theology, Philosophy and Religious Studies at the University of Chichester, and tutor for the Church of England ministerial formation programme, based in the Diocese of Portsmouth. Her specialisms are Christian doctrine, patristics, soteriology and ecclesiology, and her current research interests include an evaluation of the ‘soteriologies’ implicit within Murdochian fiction. Email:

PhD Student, Julian Way

Julian Way has a BA from Kingston University in Creative Writing and English Language and an MA also from Kingston University in Language and Society. His interests include philosophy, psychology and character development. He is currently studying for a PhD at Chichester University on Iris Murdoch and the Unconscious Mind. Email:

PhD Student, Jeremy Davies

Jeremy Davies is a priest in the Church of England and for 26 years until 2012 was Canon Precentor at Salisbury Cathedral, having previously been university chaplain at QMC and Cardiff Universities. He holds degrees from Cambridge University in English and Theology and is now undertaking research on theological perspectives in the novels and philosophy of Iris Murdoch. Email:

PhD Student, Lucy Oulton

​Lucy Oulton has worked in the media, education and charitable sectors. She volunteers in the Iris Murdoch Archive where she is transcribing some of Murdoch’s journals. She holds a BA in German Literature and Contemporary Studies from Oxford Brookes University and an MA in English Literature from Kingston University. Her interests include affect theory and ecocriticism and she is now undertaking research into landscape, place and space in the novels of Iris Murdoch.  Email


PhD Student, Rebecca Moden


Rebecca Moden holds a BA in Literature from the Open University and an MPhil in Literature and Modernity from the University of Birmingham. She is currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Chichester, provisionally titled 'Writer Meets Painter: A Study of Aesthetic Affinities in the works of Iris Murdoch and Harry Weinberger'. She combines PhD research with English teaching in Birmingham. Email

PhD Student, Maria Peacock 

Maria Peacock has a BA in Humanities and an MA in English, both from the Open University. She was a teacher, and then worked for HMRC for 37 years as a tax inspector. She is now a volunteer advisor for Citizens Advice in Oxford. She is interested in the New Historicist approach to literature, and the uses of genre in fiction. Her PhD research focuses on rootlessness and displacement in the fiction of Iris Murdoch. Email: