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Patron Obituary

Patron Obituary

Posted by ch454 at Jan 09, 2018 12:10 PM |

Lord Randolph Quirk


Lord Quirk -  remembered by many simply as Randolph Quirk - was one of the most distinguished and respected academics in the field of English Linguistics of the past century. It is indeed fifty years since he became Quain Professor of English Language and Literature at UCL. Later, he was for a period Vice-Chancellor of London University. He was also the Patron of the English Association, and with his death just before Christmas, the EA has  lost a very good friend.

Never wanting to interfere in the running of the Association, but always interested in what was happening in school and HE English Departments, until very recently Lord Quirk would contact the EA office to ask what were the current pressing questions affecting the health of English teaching, and would use our responses as the basis for questions in the House of Lords, where he sat as a cross-bencher. Ministerial replies would then be fed back to Helen Lucas, and these often informed subsequent discussion in meetings of the EA’s committees.

The Trustees will consider possible successors to Lord Quirk at the next meeting of the EA Board. Meanwhile, a fuller appreciation of Lord Quirk’s career and achievements will be published in the next Newsletter.

January Conference: Thinking Big: New Ambitions for English and the Humanities

Posted by jew27 at Jan 02, 2018 11:14 AM |

Thinking Big: New Ambitions for English and the Humanities

18-19th January 2018 - Senate House, London

The Institute of English Studies in partnership with the School of English, Newcastle University is pleased to announce Thinking Big: New Ambitions for English and the Humanities

Humanities research is developing at a new scale and in new directions, requiring us to ‘think bigger’ (and differently) than before. How is English as a discipline adapting to these changes?

This two-day conference explores changes in English as a discipline, focussing on five strands: partnership working, public engagement, interdisciplinarity, digital innovation, and the international context for humanities research. Convenors for each strand include Professor Dinah Birch (Liverpool), Professor Sarah Churchwell (School of Advanced Study), Professor Rick Rylance (School of Advanced Study), Professor Martin Eve (Birkbeck), and Professor Lyndsey Stonebridge (UEA).

The conference will provide ample time for provocation, discussion, and feedback. To learn more and to register, follow this link

Helen Lucas retires after 24 splendid years at The English Association

Helen Lucas retires after 24 splendid years at The English Association

Posted by jew27 at Dec 20, 2017 03:25 PM |

Helen Lucas retires today after 24 years as Chief Executive of The English Association. Helen has been instrumental in moving the Association forward during this time and we are all indebted to her for her contribution. She will be writing in the latest Newsletter about some of the highlights of her career.

These include:

- The creation of the Fellowship and Special Interest Groups

- Establishing the Chartered Teacher of English designation

- The award of the Royal Charter

- Creating and developing the Association website, as well as embracing social media.

- Setting up the Common English Forum

Helen has been an inspiration to all who have worked with her and we thank her for her hard work, dedication and good humour. Helen has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship so we look forward to welcoming her to future Association events and the AGM.

Helen, we wish you all the very best for a happy retirement! You deserve it and you will be hugely missed.

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