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Our staff

The NSC has a director, five permanent members of academic staff and two members of administrative staff.  We are also fortunate to have a number of experienced associate staff who also provide teaching on some of our courses.  You can find out more about who we are either by clicking on the relevant name below, or simply scrolling down the page.

The Director

Prof. Erik Tonning

Academic staff

Dr Terry Hathaway

Prof. Gweno Williams

Dr Megan Roughley

Dr Lalita Murty

Dr Beck Sinar

Administrative staff

Felicity Jones

Lisbeth Mathers

Associate staff

Dr Jonathan Brockbank


Professor Erik Tonning
The Director

Email: nsc-director@york.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)1904 32 3239
Office: QUH/009

Erik Tonning is acting as NSC Director 2017-2019, on leave of absence from his post as Professor of British Literature and Culture in the University of Bergen. He did his undergraduate work at Bergen and a Master’s degree at Oslo University before going on to do a DPhil at the University of Oxford. He then spent a few more years in Oxford as a Norwegian Research Council postdoctoral fellow and a member of Regent’s Park College and the Oxford English Faculty, before becoming director of the Bergen Research Foundation project ‘Modernism and Christianity: Literature, History, Archive’ at Bergen (2011-2014), and thereafter a full professor in his home town of Bergen.

His field of research is twentieth century modernist literature, and he is the author of two books, Samuel Beckett’s Abstract Drama (2007) and Modernism and Christianity (2014). He is also a Senior Editor of two book series from Bloomsbury Academic, Historicizing Modernism and Modernist Archives.

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Dr. Terry Hathaway

Email: terry.hathaway@york.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)1904 32 3237
Office
: QUH/008

Terry has bounced around Yorkshire for the past decade, picking up several degrees, enjoying many pubs, and teaching on many and various political issues along the way. Terry's main research interests are corporate power, economics as discourse, and political economy. His central concern is the way in which economic agents can fundamentally remake society in a manner that is not normally deemed political.
 
He is a keen follower of Torquay United and enjoys bouldering, pottery, cookery and sarcasm.
 
He inanely drivels and incoherently rants @Terry_Hathaway on Twitter.

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Professor Gweno Williams

Email: gweno.williams@york.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)1904 32 4611

Office: QUH/006

Research and teaching interests: early modern literature, particularly drama by women and Shakespeare; literature in English in the Norwegian curriculum; literature for teenagers and children; women’s writing and contemporary fiction. Publications include Literature for the English Classroom: Theory into Practice (Fagbokforlaget, 2013) co-edited with Anna Birketveit.

Gweno’s connection with Norway has been long and happy; she first gave guest lectures on literature, drama and film at the NSC in 1983. She has enjoyed visiting a number of Norwegian Higher Education institutions over the years and is currently Visiting Professor at NTNU in Trondheim where she teaches on the Master’s programme.

Gweno was awarded a British National Teaching Fellowship in 2002; she is committed to interactive learning as a key element in successful classroom pedagogy. She is passionate about the importance of literature and theatre in culture and society; she regularly supports the Bronte Society and Yorkshire Literature Festivals by interviewing contemporary writers and chairing literary events.

One of Gweno’s future ambitions is to swim in a fjord.

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Dr Megan Roughley
Director of Studies

Email: meg.roughley@york.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)1904 32 4610
Office
: QUH/002

BA & MA (University of British Columbia), DPhil (University of York)

Current research interests: Race Relations in the UK; History of Racism; Modern/Post-Modern Literatures; Critical Theory; Children's Literature.

Megan has taught in universities in Canada, Australia and in the UK in the areas of Literatures in English, Critical Theory, Media Studies and Women’s Studies. She has been with the NSC since 1998. In the Spring term, Megan also teaches an MA module on Children’s Literature for the Department of English and Related Literature.

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Dr Lalita Murty

Email: lalita.murty@york.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)1904 32 3240
Office
: QUH/007

I joined the Norwegian Study Centre in 2003 after completing my post doctoral research in spoken word recognition in Holland. My main research interests lie within the field of applied linguistics and range from World English to issues of intelligibility of accents. At the NSC I teach courses on Spoken Interaction, English as a World Language and Discourse Analysis.

I come from India where I worked for 5 years before coming to the UK to study for a Ph.D.

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Dr Beck Sinar
YorkCourse Co-ordinator

Email: beck.sinar@york.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)1904 32 3238
Office
: QUH/003

BA, MA, PhD, University of York

Beck studied Linguistics with Literature at the University of York from 1997 until 2001, during which time she spent an academic year abroad teaching and conducting research into English as a Foreign Language.  She remained at the University of York for a taught MA in linguistics, specialising in syntax and semantics, and then for a PhD on the history of English reflexive pronouns.  Her PhD combines formal syntactic analysis, statistical methods, and techniques of corpus linguistics.  

Upon completion of her PhD in 2006, Beck joined the Norwegian Study Centre as a Lecturer (Teaching and Scholarship). She teaches mainly in the areas of language and linguistics, English literature and contemporary British culture. This includes topics in modern and historical sociolinguistics, language attitudes, identity, dialect representation on TV and in films and issues and policies within the English Education system. 

Both Beck's teaching and research reflect her interests in many different but related disciplines: history, sociology, education, culture and linguistics.  Most recently she has branched into didactics and applied linguistics, presenting at a conference in Halden, Norway, on the use of Roald Dahl's children's novels to teach vocabulary to L1 and L2 speakers. This has been accepted for publication in Acta Didactica Norge next year.

Beyond the NSC, Beck enjoys eating, drinking and being merry, and all things Harry Potter, Tolkien and Nintendo.

You can find her on Facebook and Twitter: @beck_sinar.

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Felicity Jones
Full-time office manager

Email: felicity.jones@york.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)1904 32 4612
Office
: QUH/017

Felicity is the office manager. She is responsible for departmental finances, purchasing, school visits, and many other “bits and bobs”. She organises accommodation for the YorkCourse students and together with the NSC Director and YorkCourse Coordinator administers the YorkCourse and MA courses.

A music graduate of Bretton Hall College (Leeds University), she is a keen amateur musician. In her spare time she plays in several York amateur orchestras: York Guildhall Orchestra, Academy of St Olave's, York Symphony Orchestra, a couple of chamber ensembles and sings in the village choir.

She and her husband Peter have two cats called Inca and Maya. 

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Lisbeth Mathers
Part-time administrator

Email: lisbeth.mathers@york.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)1904 32 3235
Office
: Reception, QUH/001

Lisbeth was born and lived in Denmark until she moved to England in 1973.

Since then she has lived in Oman and Kuwait for nearly 20 years before coming back to the UK. She has been with the NSC since September 2001 and deals with all the short courses.

She lives in Pocklington with her husband and two dogs.

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Dr Jonathan Brockbank

Part-time tutor, Department of English and Related Literature

Email: jbn4@york.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)1904 32 4572
Office
: L/D/201a (Langwith College, D block)

Dr Jonathan Brockbank has worked short-term contracts for the Department of English and Related Literature since 1985, lecturing and teaching on various modules including Approaches to Literature, Shakespeare and His Contemporaries, Romantics, Seventeenth Century & Victorians.

He currently provides the seminars and tutorials for the English Literature component of our YorkCourse programm.  He also takes our students on a special 'literary tour of York' related to the module he is teaching.

 

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