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John Williams at SyracuseMonday, October 19, 2020 - 11:44

Research associate John Williams has recently 'attended' a conference at Syracuse University (New York State). The Conference, mainly involving North American delegates, took place on October 15 and 16, and was discussing Interdisciplinary Approaches to Elder Justice : Unlocking the Potential of Restorative Practices. John, sitting in his garden office at home, took part in a panel discussion on existing projects, their successes and challenges, at 11.0 pm on the Thursday evening. The discussion was informative and lively. Moonlighting !

History Project Probes Moseley EnigmaSunday, October 18, 2020 - 22:08

Research into the history of the Aberystwyth Law School is casting interesting light on one of its former, though now not so well remembered, members of staff. Hywel Moseley taught in the Department in the early 1960s and was one of the Professors of Law from 1970 until 1982, and  de facto joint Head of Department along with John Andrews from 1970 until 1973. Yet his role in the University has probably not been well understood, as the present research is now starting to show. Sadly Hywel Mosely died early in June of this year, oddly something which has not been formally noted in any way by the University. 

Online exhibition plannedSunday, October 18, 2020 - 11:56

The earlier planned exhibition of Aberystwyth Law School publications, from the start of the twentieth century through to recent times, scheduled originally for display in the University's Old College last April, will now proceed as an online exhibition. In this way it will reach out to a wider audience, especially alumni around the world, Moreover, it will be possible to supply links to other interesting material and in the longer term up-date the exhibition. The exhibition's planned title is 'An Uncommon Tradition' and it will include both academic publications and other kinds of work by staff of the Department of Law over a period of more than 100 years. 

John Williams talks to House of Lords CommitteeFriday, October 16, 2020 - 16:09

In September, research associate John Williams appeared as an expert before the new House of Lords Select Committee set up to look at the future consequences of the Covid crisis and its present management. John was there in particular to speak about the position and needs of the older section of the population, in the context of the massive loss of health care and mental health support and provision in recent months. Apparently he engaged in a feisty exchange with Baroness Jay (a member of the Committee) as he warned against the simplistic and indeed dangerous blanket use of the concept of vulnerability, a subject to which he is increasingly turning his expert attention.

Research Boutique movesTuesday, October 6, 2020 - 17:15

While access to the University buildings in Aberystwyth remains restricted the Research Boutique has moved its main office a few miles down the road to Bodelwy in Penrhyncoch, in the valley below the old hill fort of Hen Gaer 

New Zealand visit abandonedMonday, March 16, 2020 - 15:51

At the last moment I have had to abandon my trip to Christchurch and Canterbury University. If I had left for New Zealand as planned I would have found myself in quarantine for the whole of my time there, so the proposed visit became pointless. This has proven very disappointing for all concerned but we shall try to re-arrange it for some time in the not too distant future. Later this year, however, associate Shea Esterling plans to spend some of her research leave in Oxford so we will have the opportunity to meet at that time.

New Zealand VisitTuesday, February 18, 2020 - 15:53

During the second part of March I shall be visiting Christchurch in New Zealand. As well as an opportunity to see part of the South Island, this will involve a visit to Canterbury University in Christchurch and the chance to catch up with associate Shea Esterling, former colleague from Aberystwyth and now working in the Law Faculty at Canterbury University. While there I shall join one or two graduate seminars at the University and generally enjoy the New Zealand late summer. Shea, a few years ago a PhD candidate and tutor at Aberystwyth, has revived an earlier connection between the two universities.- in the early 1940s, Isobel Matson, the first female graduate in Law from Canterbury University, also became the first female member of academic staff in the Aberystwyth Law School, before returning to Christchurch with her husband John, later to be Vice-Chancellor at Canterbury University.  

Dewis/Choice Project Launch Event Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 15:12

The Dewis/Choice Research Project is hosting a launch event to mark the award of extra funding, at the Angel Hotel, Cardiff on 19 February: 'Transforming the Response to Domestic Abuse in Later Life'. £335,000 has been awarded by UK Portfolio to extend the research to other parts of the UK, and a number of presentations will explain how the research programme will be developed further with the support of this funding. Speakers will include project leader Sarah Wydall, Professor John Williams, Rebecca Zerk and the Older People's Commissioner for Wales. There will be a report on the completion of a new hand-book, Practitioners' Guidance, and the showing of an award winning short film dealing with LGB victim-survivor experience recently made as part of the project.