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Dr Victoria Patton

Communications, Impact and Engagement Lead, Hearing the Voice

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Communications, Impact and Engagement Lead, Hearing the Voice in the Department of English StudiesCaedmon Building, School of Education+44 (0) 191 33 48144
Research Associate in the Institute for Medical Humanities  



Hearing the Voice is a large interdisciplinary research project, based at Durham University and funded by the Wellcome Trust, which aims to provide a better understanding of what it is like to hear voices when no one is speaking. The Communications, Impact and Engagement Lead is responsible for developing and implementing a strategy for engaging voice-hearers, clinicians and other non-academic audiences in Hearing the Voice research locally, nationally and internationally. This includes working with external stakeholders such as NHS trusts, mental health charities and advocacy groups like the Hearing Voices Network, Voice Collective and Intervoice in order to identify opportunities for effective partnership, co-ordinating the project's participation in cultural and literary festivals, and developing and implementing a dissemination strategy for films and other arts related projects linked to Hearing the Voice research.


Prior to joining Durham University in November 2012, Victoria worked in a series of part-time project management roles at Newcastle University. Between 2006 and 2008, she was the Assistant Commissioning Editor for philosophy at Oxford University Press.

Victoria completed her DPhil in philosophy at the University of Oxford in 2005, and has a particular interest in Early Modern philosophy and the philosophy of perception.

She currently lives in Newcastle upon Tyne with her husband and two young children.