Sizen Yiacoup (IBLAS) spent three days lecturing at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa last month having been awarded an Erasmus + Staff Mobility grant to teach a guest slot on her research specialism, medieval Spanish poetry, on the Nova’s undergraduate and postgraduate modules in Traditional Literature. The visit led to an invitation to return to the Nova in future sessions and to collaborate in teaching and research projects with the Head of the Department of Portuguese Studies, Dr Teresa Araujo.

UGA students

Students from the University of Georgia, Athens. Photo courtesy of Sizen Yiacoup.

This was followed by a week teaching at the University of Georgia, Athens (USA), in November 2014 as part of the Franklin International Faculty Exchange programme, which supports exchange visits and fosters collaboration between research staff and students at UGA and Liverpool. During her visit Dr Yiacoup delivered classes on Dr Dana Bultman’s module on medieval Spanish literature and gave a University-wide lecture on her research specialism, the Spanish frontier ballads. The visit was a memorable and rewarding experience for Dr Yiacoup, who says that “Having the opportunity to see first-hand how the university system works in the States and to meet staff and students working in my field, all of whom were incredibly hospitable, enthusiastic and willing to share their time and experience with me was a tremendous privilege and an experience I won’t forget. ”