We’ve had another change to the programme for our Toon Taaks conference on the 27th of July. The updated announcement (updated on the 21st of July) is below.Continue reading “Postgraduate Linguistics Conference Update”
To add to this, Fiona has also been awarded a month’s residency at the prestigious Yaddo artists’ retreat, whose prior residents have included James Baldwin, Langston Hughes, Katherine Anne Porter and Jeffrey Eugenides: https://www.yaddo.org/about/history/
We are very happy about this well-deserved recognition of Fiona’s work
We’ve had a great start to the new academic year. Lots of lovely and lively students joined us during induction week. Here are some photos from the Humanities Induction Quiz which was great fun.
We were impressed by the general and specific knowledge of the students, and especially by the incredibly high scoring winning team. Here they are already enjoying their weetabix (other cereals and food groups are available):
We’re looking forward to working with our new and returning students this year!
Today’s puzzle from Alex Bellos in The Guardian requires a range of skills which can be developed in English Language programmes (and in other subjects, including maths).
As Alex says, today’s puzzle is ‘hard, but not impossible’. He also suggests that working on puzzles like this can help you develop the skills needed to find a job with technology firms such as google. That suggestions is based on this article by Sam Gibbs in which he reports thoughts from google’s head of search, Ben Gomes.
Alex’s puzzle is one that has been used in the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad, one of several linguistics olympiads held around the world which then select teams to enter the International Linguistics Olympiad. The UK Linguistics Olympiad has been very successful with lots of school students taking part each year.
You have until 5pm UK time today to solve it before Alex reveals the answer . . .
It’s clearing day at Northumbria. Several colleagues are helping answer calls from applicants for our BA courses in English Language, Literature and Creative Writing and also our Foundation Year in Humanities.
The clearing hotline number here is 0800 085 1085
If you’re not involved in clearing and/or would like to read some thoughts from colleagues in English at Northumbria, here are some recent articles which appeared in The Conversation:
Here also is a piece by colleagues at Bradford and Swansea on how students use social media in making decisions about university applications