Staffs Uni 'breaking the ice' with professors and pizza

"This is a completely new venture by the University aimed at de-mystifying professors, breaking down barriers and making research accessible in an informal way."

Fiona Tweed, Professor of Physical Geography and National Teaching Fellow

AN informal series of presentations by Staffordshire University's top academics launches next week.

The first Profs in the Pav event takes place in the University’s new Pavilion Cafe in College Road next Thursday 23 March from 5.30pm over a slice of pizza.

Professor of Physical Geography, Fiona Tweed is the first to take the helm with an illustrated talk entitled 'Breaking the Ice'. Having recently been made a National Teaching Fellow, Fiona will be sharing her experiences of glacial research in Iceland.

Fiona said: "This is a completely new venture by the University aimed at de-mystifying professors, breaking down barriers and making research accessible in an informal way and the title encapsulates that.”

"It also gives me the opportunity to talk to a new audience about the field work I’ve been involved in for more than 25 years looking at glacial floods and natural hazards and we hope visitors will leave us enthused, informed and well fed!"

Staffordshire University Vice-Chancellor Professor Liz Barnes will be welcoming members of the public to the Profs in the Pav series.

She said: "This is a unique way of showcasing the expertise we have here at the University and is a great fit with our bid to become UK’s City of Culture 2021."

"Fiona is one of just 55 academics nationwide to be awarded a National Teaching Fellowship this year which is the most prestigious individual award for excellence in teaching in higher education. She is an inspiration to her students and has an unbridled enthusiasm for her subject which should get the series off to great start."

Other Profs in the Pav are programmed to take place on the last Thursday of the month in April and May at 5.30pm. The second, 'Digital or Bust: The Future of Tourism' is presented by Professor of Sustainable Development Jon Fairburn on Thursday 27 April.

Taking place on Thursday 25 May, Professor of Biomechanics Nachi Chockalingam will be talking about the science of footwear in a presentation entitled 'Are those boots made for walking?'

For more details or to reserve your place email public@staffs.ac.uk.

• Fiona Tweed is Professor of Physical Geography at Staffordshire University. She is an international expert on glacial outburst floods and natural hazards with over 25 years’ experience of collaborative field research. The interdependencies between research and teaching are at the heart of her work. She is an inspirational educator and a leader in the field of research-engaged learning and teaching in Geography, with extensive experience of designing learning environments that enable students to be directly involved in research.

 

 

 

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