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The eternal question… scone or scone? Jane Setter will explain it all.

Your Voice Speaks Volumes: what accent change in English can tell us about England

Wednesday 11 November, 19:00-19:45

Why do we speak the way we do, and why do accent differences in British English fascinate some people and infuriate others? Take a trip across time to discover the origins of different accents of English in England, recent changes in the way we speak, and how language and attitudes to it are a reflection of so many other discipline areas, including history, geography, sociology, politics and economics.

Jane Setter is Professor of Phonetics in the Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics and a National Teaching Fellow. Probably best known for her popular science book, Your Voice Speaks Volumes: it's not what you say, but how you say it (OUP, 2019) and the Cambridge English Pronouncing Dictionary (CUP, 2011), Jane is a sought-after commentator in the media on topics such as UK accents, pronunciation and English as a global language. Her research interests are in speech prosody (rhythm, intonation), mainly looking at children with speech and language deficits and features of South East Asian Englishes.

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Diversity seminars

Throughout the Autumn Term, we will be continuing conversations about race. We will be reflecting on racial experiences, racial injustices and discussing the work some of our colleagues have begun in helping to bring about positive changes to how things are.

A programme of events continues beyond Black History Month which we marked in October. All the events will be open to staff and students across UoR, free to attend, virtual (via Microsoft Teams) and you can register your attendance by completing this short online form.

If your School or Function is organising an event that you would like to share, please email




Thursday 12 November 2020

1pm – 2pm

Diversity and Inclusion at RUSU

·    Rachel Wates, RUSU Diversity Officer 2020/21

·    Bandy Karki, RUSU Welfare Officer 2020/21 

·    Rachel Osborne, RUSU President 2020/21 

·    George Ingram, RUSU Education Officer 2020/21 

·    Alex Rose, RUSU Activities Officer 2020/21  

Wednesday 18 November 2020

11am – 12noon

Examining Access to University by Ethnicity: Through the Reading Scholars Programme of Widening Participation

·    Dr Ciara McCabe, Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Psychopharmacologist

Wednesday 25 November 2020

12noon – 1pm

Intercultural Learning with Students in Pakistan and the UK

·    Dr Tony Capstick, Lecturer of TESOL/Applied Linguistics

Women and BAME Women in US Foreign Policy

·    Dr Mara Olivia, Associated Professor of History

The University also has a Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic (BAME) Network available for staff to join. You can join the network through Microsoft Teams or sign up to be an BAME Ally by emailing

For students, you can get in touch with your RUSU Diversity Officer at about further networking opportunities.

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