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Pets of LEL: Lotte and Willi

February 27, 2020 by

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Continuing on the pet theme, it is a delight to introduce Lotte and Willi Hohaus. Lotte (featured), is a dwarf hamster. She is very friendly, and enjoys burrowing and broccoli. Aged 15, Willi (pictured below) is a venerable old gentleman. He loves being around linguists- or anyone really that is willing to spoil him.  

Pets of LEL: Olive

February 17, 2020 by

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Those of us who work in LEL know Heather Lennox very well, but to our followers worldwide: Heather is our Departmental Administrator. Olive is Heather’s cat. Olive likes to bite you while you are sleeping, meow at you incessantly at 5.45 a.m., and hunt you from her tunnels (pictured). She will attack any new person […]

Pets of LEL: Beatrice Bowler

February 14, 2020 by

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Pets of LEL continues with Beatrice Bowler. Beatrice is a labradoodle and a peaceful old lady. Here she is with her human, Margit, enjoying a snowy day in Kansas.

The pets of LEL: Jadzia and Esperanza

February 11, 2020 by

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Manchet is delighted to announce a new series: The pets of LEL. Stay tuned for updates on the department’s furry friends. Today, we’re pleased to introduce Jadzia Kimper and Esperanza Kimper.   Jadzia will be 2 years old in the spring.  Likes: sunny windowsills, bringing foam balls to her human so he can make them […]

10 minutes with… Dr Lauren Fonteyn.

July 2, 2018 by

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After what seemed like an eternity, Manchet is back with another ’10 minutes with’-interview. And only just in time – because the staff member featured today will be leaving LEL for another department closer to what she calls home. Dr Lauren Fonteyn, a Belgian chocolate-, frites-, and beer-enthusiast, completed her PhD at the University of […]

10 minutes with… Dr Viktor Leggio

February 11, 2018 by

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The ’10-minutes with’-interviews are back, this time featuring new lecturer Dr Viktor Daniele Leggio! While Viktor is the newest addition to our lecturer crew, he is definitely not new to Manchester. In fact, he moved to Manchester to study here many years ago, and in 2013 he became a doctor under supervision of Professor Yaron Matras. […]

Kersti is running the Manchester 10k – for a good cause!

May 17, 2017 by

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On Sunday May 28, Professor Kersti Börjars will be running the in the Manchester 10K as part of the Purple Wave as the University’s bee mascot! Kersti has let Manchet know that she is hoping to raise money for Lemn Sissay’s Christmas Dinner for Care Leavers. If you want to make a contribution for this good cause, go […]

With and without us

March 3, 2017 by

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As a follow-on to last week’s One Day Without Us day of action, LEL staff posed for a photo collage – or, rather, two. The first shows the LEL division and their places of origin (above – click for detail). The second (below) shows only those with UK citizenship. As you can see, the difference is […]

Kersti is a busy bee

May 30, 2016 by


Indefatigable LEL professor Kersti Börjars ran the Great Manchester 10K last week as the University’s mascot – a giant purple bee. It was part of the University’s “purple wave”; 1100 staff and students running in purple t-shirts. Kersti’s run was in aid of The British Red Cross. If anyone would still like to support it, […]

LEL rethinking mental illness

October 14, 2015 by

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Last week was Schizophrenia Awareness Week 2015, and LEL joined in the effort by hosting a tea party in the divisional common room. With a few department members baking their own cakes, the event was a modest success, attended by staff and students at all levels. The party raised £54.28 to support the charity Rethink […]