Update for Monday 14th January 2019

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Bringing the latest in Online Safety.

The UK Safer Internet Centre are delivering a FREE 2 hour Online Safety update in a venue near you. Open to all who work with children and young people, this event will give you the latest in research, legislation, technology, tools and resources along with exclusive access to the presentation and resource materials.

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The House of Commons Transport Committee is coming to Liverpool to take oral evidence for its inquiry into the bus market.

At the end of the session, members of the committee will be taking questions from the audience.

This is a unique opportunity for you and other members of the public to come and have your questions answered by MPs from a Select Committee.

At the event, you will have the opportunity to see the Transport Committee in action asking topical questions to key stakeholders about the bus market, to ask questions to MPs on the Transport Committee about current work and to find out how you can shape the Committee’s thinking on topics under investigation

1:00-3pm Oral evidence session open for public viewing
3:00pm-4pm Refreshment break
4pm-5pm Question and Answer session

Venue: Merseytravel, Groundfloor, Mann Island, PO Box 1976, Liverpool, L69 3HN

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In this talk, Dr Matt Lodder will examine the history of a tenacious cliché — the idea that tattooing ‘now’ is a newly-emerged fashion trend suddenly finding favour amongst wider demographics than in the past, when it was confined to sailors, bikers, criminals and ne’r-do-wells. In a heavily-illustrated talk, tracing relentless examples of this claim in the British and American press from the present day backwards into the late 19th century, the talk will present a wider picture of this oft-maligned practice, and at the same time ask questions about cultural amnesia, the role of journalism in shaping our collective sense of history, and the problematic relationships between academic scholarship and popular understanding.

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This one day symposium, which will be held at the Materials Innovation Factory (Liverpool), hopes to provide researchers with information and ideas about how automation can be applied to different areas of research including organic synthesis, supramolecular assemblies, organic materials, and polymer synthesis, and will elucidate options for seeking access to equipment to apply it to their own research ideas.

There will be a range of talks presenting case-studies of the use of an enabling technology in their research, such as high-throughput synthesis platforms, flow reactors, or low-cost automation, to promote their use and demonstrate the benefits of embracing automation in research. There will also be a session on what capabilities are available in the UK with the routes on how to access them. Confirmed speakers include Lee Cronin (Glasgow), Andy Cooper (Liverpool), Varinder Aggarwal (Bristol), Matt O’Brien (Keele), Anna Slater (Liverpool), Nick Warren (Leeds) and Ben Deadman (ROAR).

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Under the overall strategic title of “Mersey Waters”, the regeneration of the former docklands north of Liverpool city centre and in Birkenhead/Wallasey have been under active consideration since 2005. Always seen as a long-term 30 years initiative, the scale and nature of the transformations involved have earned “Liverpool Waters” and “Wirral Waters” the title of ‘megaprojects’. In addition “Liverpool Waters” adjacency to the World Heritage Site has led to special – and sometimes contentious -- consideration being given to its planning and development projects. MCS welcomes the opportunity to catch up on recent and future proposals on both sides of the River from two speakers who are both very much involved in the immediate and long-term aspects of the work involved.

Richard Mawdsley will provide an initial “Mersey Waters” overview and then cover the last five year programme of extensive site preparation, and, introduce proposals for the No. 1 Tower Road South office project, the £20m Maritime Knowledge Hub and the recently announced “Wirral Waters One” project for 500 1-2 bedroom apartments alongside the former East Float Dock as the first step in a new residential neighbourhood along the Northbank.

Pete Swift will introduce work on the changing masterplanning and public realm design guidance for “Liverpool Waters” over the past 10 years as the background to the May 2018 updated masterplan, designed to provide five neighbourhoods including the re-balancing of high-rise and low-medium rise buildings across the area, the relocation of the 2ha Central Park closer to the River, a re-imagined Clarence Square and changes of layout to provide pedestrians and cyclists with additional River views. Current proposals for a new Everton Stadium will bring new challenges.

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Invitation to a University of Liverpool Seminar brought to you by The Heseltine Institute and The Confucius Institute.

2019 is an important year for relations between Liverpool and China, as this year we celebrate the 20-year anniversary of Liverpool’s twinning with Shanghai. The Confucius Institute and the University of Liverpool will be organising a series of events to celebrate this anniversary and look forward to supporting the relationship between Liverpool and Shanghai as it develops from strength to strength.

Counter-diasporic migration, or the “return” (re-migration) of diasporic descendants to an ancestral land, has become a noticeable global trend, signalling that over time major shifts can occur in the direction of migration. Migrant-sending states, such as China, construct “sovereignty projects” that reach into the past to legitimise their claims toward emigrants and diaspora populations.

This presentation challenges linear narratives of emigration and immigration by considering the contestations over presumed kinship and co-ethnic identity, highlighting thus the complex relationship that diasporic descendants have with the ancestral land. The presentation juxtaposes two distinct episodes of counter-diasporic migration to China: (1) during 1949-1979 when Chinese diasporic descendants re-migrated under difficult conditions of expulsion from decolonising Southeast Asia and were treated as “returnees” with state-conferred privileges in China; and (2) the contemporary period in which Chinese re-migration to the ancestral land is more suitably contextualised as part of how China is transforming from an emigration to an immigration society.

In both cases, Chinese diasporic descendants experience an uneasy “homecoming” on account of the spatial and temporal difference they embody as co-ethnics who are also considered foreigners in China. Analysing the multi-directionality of migration prompts critical evaluation what it means to be embedded in more than one political community across generations.

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The History of Language Learning and Teaching with Professor Nicola McLelland

Why have people learned languages in the past?

Which languages have they learned and what exactly is it that they have learned?

How have foreign languages been taught?

The history of language learning and teaching in the UK reflects the development of educational and linguistic theories over time.

How have approaches, methods and techniques in language teaching and learning changed and what does that tell us about the linguistic understanding at the time?

Delving into the past also allows us a fascinating insight into changing political and cultural representations at different times.

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