CHINA SUCCESS FOR UNIVERSITY COUPLE

 

A university couple whose roots are firmly in the city of Hull are celebrating another academic success this week after one half of the partnership was accepted as a visiting professor to a Chinese university.

 

Only last week ULH lecturer Pamela Barnes was awarded the prestigious Jean Monnet chair in European Political Integration by the European Commission.

 

And now her husband, Professor Ian Barnes, will be in China later this year after his successful application for a visiting professorship at the very prestigious Tsinghua University in Beijing.

 

The couple, who live in north Hull, first met while they were teaching at Sir Henry Cooper School in Hull. Both now lecture in European Integration at ULH, and Prof Barnes also holds the Jean Monnet Chair in European Economic Integration, which was awarded to him in 1997.

 

“We’re both very proud to be born and bred in Hull,” said Ian. “When we met I was teaching economics and Pam taught geography. Now we do spend a lot of time commuting down to the Lincoln campus but it’s always good to get back to Hull.”

 

Pamela Barnes, who attended St Mary’s Grammar School as a girl, will use the funding she received as part of her Jean Monnet award to organise seminars and discussion groups on Europe’s role in British life.

 

In China Prof Barnes will discuss European integration with Chinese academics. His visiting professorship was awarded as part of the European Union - China

Co-operation Project.

 

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