Pamela ForsterPhD student
My research explores the impact of very large social changes on local dialect and speech. In partnership with Lancashire Archives, I will draw upon archival and contemporary recordings from speakers born over a time-span of 120 years to explore the linguistic heritage of the Lancaster and Morecambe region of north-west England.
Although these two towns are geographically close and are of a similar size, different economic opportunities have led to different patterns of migration and population wealth. By drawing upon the recordings above, I aim to examine the impact of these socioeconomic factors on the speech and dialect of ordinary working people.
This project is supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) through the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP).
In addition to undertaking my part-time PhD research, I am the Project Manager for the TAS-S project based in the School of Computing and Communications. The project is the security node of the EPSRC’s Trustworthy Autonomous Systems (TAS) programme. I am responslible for the day-to-day management of the project, including the organisation of meetings and events, financial monitoring and reporting, and support for disseminating the public outputs.
Previous to this role, I was acting-up as the Impact Manager for the Faculty of Science and Technology where I was leading on the development of the REF2021 Impact Case Studies for Physics, Engineering and the Lancaster Environment Centre. My other roles have included project managing two large H2020 grants (PROMIS and IDEAS, which resulted i the publication below), working face-to-face with students as a UG Teaching Coordinator in Physics, supporting the senior management team as PA to the former Pro-VC (Research) and Pro-VC (International), and working alongside SMEs and national organisations in executive education.