Professor Tim Softley
"It is an excellent achievement and a boost for our arts, life sciences and social sciences research areas." Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Transfer

The University of Birmingham has been awarded 10 Early Career Research Fellowships from the Leverhulme Trust.

The College of Arts and Law has been awarded 8 Early Career Research Fellowships, with the College of Life Sciences and the College of Social Sciences being awarded one each.

There are only 145 Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellowships available nationally each year for researchers from any discipline who have not yet held a full-time permanent academic post. The fellowships cover 50% of each Fellow’s salaries with the remainder covered by their institution.

Professor Tim Softley, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Transfer, said: “I am delighted to see the University of Birmingham being awarded  10 Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellowships. It is an excellent achievement and a boost for our arts, life sciences and social sciences research areas. The University’s decision to support all successful awards despite a challenging financial outlook across the sector is a testament to the importance we place on these research areas and the value we believe this research contributes to academia and society.” 

 The recipients of the Fellowships are: Richard Fallon (Borderline Geoscience and Transatlantic Literature in the Age of Lost Worlds); Emilie Taylor-Brown (Medical Research and the Poetic Imagination: A Study of Sir Ronald Ross); Robert Stagg (Inventing Blank Verse: An Alternative History); Jessica Chiba (Shakespeare’s Untranslatability); Katie Bank (Music and Visual Culture in Early Modern England); Katie Robertson (Increasing entropy: from black holes to the direction of time); James Lewis (Interpersonal Normativity: The Sources of Ethics and Aesthetics); James Norrie (Re-Coining the Eleventh Century: Value, Religion, and Gender in Italy); Sanne Van Der Kleij, (Understanding the benefits of fiction for skilled reading and social cognition). And Lorenzo Feltrin (Workers between Precarity and Environmental Crisis in Italy and Tunisia).

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