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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Dr Mari Jones wins the Vice-Chancellor's Impact Award for the School of Arts and Humanities!

On Monday 20 June, the Vice-Chancellor and Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research presented the Impact Awards, run by the Research Strategy Office,

The Vice-Chancellor’s Impact Awards have been established to recognise and reward those whose research has led to excellent impact beyond academia, whether on the economy, society, culture, public policy or services, health, the environment or quality of life.

In this, its inaugural year, there were 71 nominations across all Schools. Nominations were initially judged by School, with one overall best entry selected by external advisor Schlumberger. A prize of £1,000 was awarded to the best impact in each School, with the prize for the overall winner increased to £2,000.

We are delighted that Dr Mari Jones won the Impact Award for the School of Arts and Humanities! Her research looks at Norman French, which has been spoken in Jersey for over 1,000 years. Today, however, this language (Jèrriais to its speakers) is obsolescent: spoken by some 1% of the population. Mari Jones' research has sought to preserve Jèrriais and has helped raise the profile of the language within Jersey and beyond, with impacts on local and national media, language policy and education, and cultural identity and development.

We would like to extend our sincere congratulations to Mari!

The Impact Awards are covered on the University's website and on the Research Horizons website.