Niall is an engaging, rigorous, and empathetic tutor whose approach to teaching is based on understanding the specific needs of individual students. He believes that success at all levels of education comes from stimulating genuine intellectual excitement and as well as instilling confidence through careful planning, organisation, and consistent study practices. His enthusiasm for learning and education is matched by his conviction that the right attitude and conditions can allow anybody achieve excellent results at all levels of study.
Niall has experience teaching in a variety of educational contexts. This ranges from remedial work for special needs students; one-to-one tutorials in GCSE and A level English and Music; classroom seminars in European literature and philosophy at undergraduate and Master’s level in University College London; and teaching dissertation and presentation skills to PhD students at King’s College London.
Growing up in Ireland, Niall achieved A grades in English, Irish language, Music, French, Chemistry, and Geography and was awarded a First Class Bachelors Degree in Music and English before moving to London and attaining a First Class Master’s Degree in Comparative Literature at King’s College London. He completed his PhD at University College London in 2016 on the influence of Darwinism and evolution on Realism and Utopian Fiction.
He is currently a Visiting Research Fellow at King’s College London, specialising in English literature, literary criticism and theory, and the history and philosophy of evolutionary biology. He is also a founding editor of Tropos, a Postgraduate journal for cultural studies.
When not studying or teaching, Niall enjoys reading contemporary literature, listening to music, and cooking for friends.