Talks aim to bring town and gown together

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A series of talks aimed at bringing town and gown closer together is being launched by Lancaster University.

The Faculty Of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) Enterprise Centre is running a number of public events later this month in a bid to increase public awareness of their work.

On June 19 and 20 the FASS Summer Talks in the Priory Hall in partnership with Atkinsons coffee shop.

These are talks by FASS academics and will cover a wide range of topics, including a talk on prisoner voting by Stephen Wheatley and one on the global coffee industry by Ian Steel from Atkinsons.

On June 24 FASS will be holding “Lancaster: Making A Difference Locally” at the LICA building on campus.

This event, which we run in a speakers’ panel format, will feature people who have had an impact on Lancaster and there will be also a discussion after the talks on what else needs to happen in Lancaster.

The talks will include Prof Linda Woodhouse speaking about politics, philosophy and religion, Denise Armer talking about the founding of children’s charity Unique Kidz and Co, and Ian Steel on the ‘Portlandisation’ of Lancaster.

Prof Chris May, associated dean for external relations and enterprise at Lancaster University, said: “We ran a series of events last year which were very successful and we wanted to try to expand on that and improve our engagement with the community both on and off campus.

“Both events aim to show what we do in the faculty. We really want people to get an idea of the research we do and find out what they think about it.”

Mr Steel said: “We have started using the Priory Hall as a venue for all sorts of public events and gigs, and it is ideal for this.

“The whole point of it is to take it out of the university and put it in the community for people to access easier.

“People talk about a ‘coffee culture’ and we have got the chance to inject a bit of culture into the coffee scene in Lancaster.”

Both events are from 5pm. For more information or to book a place, please contact FASS enterprise officer Joe Buglass at