Staff Profile

Head and shoulders shot of a smiling Taryn Tavener Smith wearing glasses stood facing into the camera in front of a white wall

Taryn Tavener-Smith


Before joining Buckinghamshire New University in 2019, I spent 10 years of my career working abroad in various Higher Education Institutions as an academic in English Language and Literature. During this time, I had the opportunity to support my departments by serving as programme and module lead across the Bachelor of Arts undergraduate degree programme for first, second, and third year students. In addition, I was selected as the National Moderator across our eight campuses and was involved in curriculum design for this programme.

One of my career highlights includes when I received an Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning after obtaining the highest pass and throughput rates on the modules I taught, nationally.   

I studied for my BA (Honours) English Literature and Psychology, B.Psych (Practical Psychometry), and Master’s degree in English Literature at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa before completing my Diploma in Education and Training in the UK.

I also hold a Fellowship with the Higher Education Academy.

My specialist areas of interest include a wide range of writing-related projects and literature, as well as life-writing and contemporary British Gothic Fiction.

Currently, I am undertaking my PhD in English Literature and Creative Writing with the University of Hertfordshire. My project involves exploring the constructs of liminal identities through the medium of life-writing.

My role as Lecturer (English) allows me the opportunity to support students’ development of their critical academic writing skills to ensure success on their programme of choice.

Here you can view my publication, conference presentation and my research repository.