Paula Sledzinska
First Name: Paula
Surname: Sledzinska
Position: Research Development Officer
Telephone: +44 (0) 1224 262859
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Working between the Graduate School and the Research Strategy and Policy office, Paula coordinates the Researcher Development Programme for Graduate Students and Early Career Researcher staff. The Programme, launched in September 2020, offers a range of over fifty masterclasses, workshops and informal sessions designed to broaden knowledge and skills as well as foster interdisciplinary dialogue and strengthen research culture at RGU. As part of her role, Paula also co-organises Research Week and the Postgraduate Symposium aiming to showcase and celebrate RGU’s scholarly achievements. She is also responsible for the Early Career Researcher Network.

Paula has joined the team having previously worked at the National Trust for Scotland and the University of Aberdeen, where she is finishing her PhD investigating discourses of identity in the work of the National Theatre of Scotland.

Do not hesitate to get in touch with Paula with any thoughts and suggestions concerning courses, workshops, research-themed events you’d like to see on campus (or Zoom). .

Academic Background

  • MA English and Gaelic Studies
  • MLitt Irish and Scottish Studies
  • Currently: PhD Irish and Scottish Studies

Research Interests

National Theatre of Scotland, Irish and Scottish Studies, identity, multimodal discourse analysis, literary theory, nationalism and globalisation, minority languages

Current Research

  • ‘Revisiting the Other: National Theatre of Scotland and the Mythologization of the Highlands and Islands’, On the Edge; Transitions, Transgressions and Transformations in Irish and Scottish Studies, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, 19-23 June 2013
  • ‘National Theatre of Scotland and the Negotiation of Contemporary ‘Scottish’ Identities: Textual and Musical Discourse in the Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart’, Understanding Scotland Musically, AHRC sponsored two-day conference, Research Beehive, University of Newcastle, 20 - 21st October 2014,
  • ‘Textual and Musical Discourse in the Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart’, Translation, Adaptation, and Rewriting in Irish and Scottish Literature and Film, Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies, University of Aberdeen, 27-28 Feb 2015 
  • ‘‘Fiercely Defiant and United Community’ – National Theatre of Scotland’s Glasgow Girls’, Place and Space in Scottish Literature and Culture, University of Gda?sk, 8-10 October 2015
  • ‘Staging Contemporary Identities – National Theatre of Scotland’s Glasgow Girls through the Prism of Multimodal Discourse Analysis’, Regional and World Literatures: National Roots and Transnational Routes in Scottish Literature and Culture from the Eighteenth Century to our Age, ESSE, Galway, 21-26 August 2016
  • ‘‘A’ that’s past forget – forgie’ – National Drama and the Construction of Scottish National Identity on the Nineteenth - Century Stage, Reworking Walter Scott, The Royal Society of Edinburgh, The Centre for Scottish Culture, University of Dundee, 31 March – 02 April 2017
  • ‘‘When Past and Future Kiss’ – The National Theatre of Scotland and the Discursive Construction of Contemporary Scottish Identities’, Scotland in Europe Conference IV, Institute of English Studies, University of Warsaw, 26th-28th September 2018


  • University of Aberdeen, (Professor Adolphus Jack Scholarship)
  • The Carnegie Trust, (Carnegie-Cameron Postgraduate Bursary)
  • The Royal Society of Edinburgh, Centre for Scottish Culture, University of Dundee (Travel Bursary)


For further information:Paula's profile on Academia