Staff from Modern Languages & Cultures joined the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Janet Beer, at her lodge earlier this summer to celebrate the university’s collaboration with Santander Universities. Several staff from within the department have secured Santander Staff Travel Awards to undertake short visits across the world in order to start new projects and sustain on-going research activity.
Santander Bank has allocated more than €900 million to support higher education projects through its Santander Universities programme, which includes over 1,000 higher education institutions located in 20 different countries. As part of the University of Liverpool’s drive to strengthen international research collaboration, Santander Universities provide several travel grants each year for staff to develop academic-related activities internationally.
Within Modern Languages & Cultures, three colleagues have been awarded a Santander Staff Travel Award. Dr Lisa Shaw, Reader in Portuguese & Brazilian Studies was able to travel to Brazil to meet with colleagues at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro and at the Universidade Federal de São Carlos to prepare a collaborative bid for a research network. Dr Niamh Thornton, Reader in Latin American Studies, visited Guadalajara in Mexico to develop collaborations with the Red de Investigadores de Cine, the Cinema Research Group that straddles three universities in Guadalajara. She also travelled on to Mexico City where she took up a visiting professorship at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.
Dr Robert Blackwood, Reader in French sociolinguistics, used his grant to travel to Algiers, Algeria, to meet with the British Council there as part of the UK-Algeria scheme to fund PhD scholarships for Algerian graduates in linguistics and language studies at British universities.
The closing date for the next round of applications to the Santander Staff Travel Awards is Friday 28 October 2016.