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Research grants awarded

Many congratulations are due to three of our Early Career Researchers – Faye Simpson (History), Rob Drummond (Modern Languages) and Adam O’Riordan (English) – who have won up to £5,000 each in the University’s first round of Research Accelerator Grants.

July 23rd, 2012 - 09:03am

New research project – Multicultural Manchester English

Rob Drummond has just been awarded a Research Accelerator Grant from MMU. His project, entitled ‘Understanding multicultural Manchester English: breaking down barriers for young people in Manchester’ will begin in September.

The project is a semi-ethnographic sociolinguistic study into the language used by young people in Manchester. It has two main objectives: 1) to foster better understanding between young people in inner-city Manchester and the adults in their lives, particularly those adults in positions of authority; 2) to begin to make young people aware of the language they use, and how it plays a role in the construction of identity(ies). Both these objectives involve the systematic exploration and analysis of the variety of English being used. Just as Multicultural London English has been identified as a new and valid variety of English, it is likely that something similar is happening in Manchester. At present, the variety of English being used by young people has not been documented and is not fully understood. By exploring this variety we can start the process of mutual understanding, and find ways to remove the barriers between people that language can so often create.

July 22nd, 2012 - 11:41am

Research Fellowships awarded

The first two IHSSR Research Fellows have been appointed. They are Dr Hannah Smithson from Sociology  and Dr Craig Young from Human Geography


Hannah and Craig’s six-month fellowships will commence in January 2013. During the time of their secondment they will be running a series of talkshops and workshops for IHSSR staff on how to plan, write and develop external funding bids. More information on this will become available at the beginning of the new academic year.

July 19th, 2012 - 10:14am

New publication

A new book edited by the Department of Sociology and Criminology’s Prof. Scott Poynting  has been published:

Counter-Terrorism and State Political Violence (Taylor and Francis 2012:  Routledge Critical Terrorism series)


July 16th, 2012 - 10:06am

Prof Scott Poynting

Professor Scott Poynting, Department of Sociology,  has  been made an Adjunct Professor in the School of Justice, Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia.

He will be giving an invited plenary address at the international conference that they are hosting on Crime Justice & Social Democracy: July 8-11 2013

July 16th, 2012 - 10:04am

Dr Andrea Hollomotz

Dr Andrea Hollomotz, Lecturer in Social Policy in the department of Sociology and Criminology  has recently published Learning difficulties and sexual vulnerability: A social approach. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers (2011) and received multiple reviews including:

McCarthy, M. (2012). Learning Difficulties and Sexual Vulnerability: A Social Approach. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 25(3), 288-288.

Callus, A.-M. (2012). Learning difficulties and sexual vulnerability: a social approach. Disability & Society, 27(2), 296-299.

Fyson, R. (2011). Learning Difficulties and Sexual Vulnerability: A Social Approach. Br J Soc Work, 41(7), 1412-1414.

Walmsley, J. (2011). Learning Difficulties and Sexual Vulnerability: A Social Approach. British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 39(3), 252-252.

Billington, B. (2011). Review of Learning Difficulties and Sexual Vulnerability.   Retrieved 22-03-2012, from

July 16th, 2012 - 08:57am

Nicholas Royle

Nicholas Royle, novelist and Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing in the Department of English, has edited a new collection for Salt Publishing.

The second in a brand-new series of annual anthologies, The Best British Short Stories 2012 reprints the cream of short fiction, by British writers, first published in 2011. The 2012 volume includes stories by Socrates Adams, AK Benedict, Neil Campbell, Ramsey Campbell, Stella Duffy, Stuart Evers, Julian Gough, Joel Lane, Jo Lloyd, Jaki McCarrick, Jon McGregor, Alison MacLeod, Dan Powell, Will Self, Robert Shearman, Michael Marshall Smith, HP Tinker, Jonathan Trigell, Emma Jane Unsworth, Jeanette Winterson.

You can view Nicholas’ full staff profile here


July 16th, 2012 - 08:45am

Dr David Calvey

Dr David Calvey, Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology and Criminology, has been invited to be part a member of the editorial board (from June 2012 onwards) for Qualitative Research, a sage journal edited by Cardiff University.

You can view Dr Calvey’s full staff profile here.

July 13th, 2012 - 11:04am

Dr Catherine Armstrong

Dr Catherine Armstrong, Senior Lecturer in American History, Department of History, Politics and Philosophy has become an academic associate of the HEA.  She has also been awarded £750 by the Catholic Records Society to undertake a new study of 17th century Dominican friar Thomas Gage.

You can view Dr Armstrong’s full staff profile here.


July 13th, 2012 - 10:46am

Design for wellbeing: ageing and mobility in the built environment

July 10th, 2012 - 02:35am