Professor Jane Moody, Director of the Humanities Research Centre and Professor of English at the University of York, died in October 2011. An inspiring advocate of engaged universities and unflagging supporter of postgraduates, Jane’s legacy has been, and will continue to be, profound. Here, Sarah Pett captures some of the many tributes to Jane…
Jane’s legacy has taken off with characteristic energy, with the setting up of a fund to support PhD students in their writing up year. It’s extremely touching to see how Jane will continue to change students’ lives – surviving financially in the final stages of a PhD is extremely difficult, and the assistance that this fund offers will be transformative.
And not to forget her many other talents, including baking – an early memory of the BSB has to be the inaugural Cake Thursday, when Jane produced her clementine cake and significantly raised the game for all of us who were planning to contribute. There have even been rumours that the Treehouse blog was set up specifically to share cake recipes…
Jane Moody’s signature clementine cake in the oven in honour of her memorial tomorrow. What better way to remember?
The centrepiece of the day was a debate on the public value of the humanities, an issue close to Jane’s heart. Miles Taylor, Sally Shuttleworth and Peter Holland’s contributions were entertaining and thought-provoking, and the debate has already begun its afterlife in social media: look out for the hashtags #celebrating jane and #whythehumanities
@ruth_mather I thought Clare McDonald’s question/comment really hit the nail on the head….kind of wish she’d had time to say more