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Exeter scores high with Leverhulme Trust awards

Humanities and Social Sciences academics have been extremely successful in a recent announcement from the Leverhulme Trust, securing four Major Research Fellowships. 

Out of the 193 applications submitted by organisations in the UK, the Leverhulme Trust made 31 awards and four of them were awarded to academics at the University of Exeter.

The awards were given to English, Classics and Ancient History, History and Politics, the areas of research include funding an edition of Ivor Gurney’s Complete Literary Works; a focus on the social history of Rome through a suburb of the ancient city; the history of late medieval French music - its significance in political as well as cultural life of the time - and a study on how conflicts arise and are managed in holy cities in different parts of the world.

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In addition, the College of Humanities also secured a Leverhulme Research Project Grant for Historian, Professor Jane Whittle in the latest round of research announcements.  The research will focus on 16th century women’s working lives in rural England, making comparisons between women’s and men’s work, and paid and unpaid work.

Professor Andrew Thorpe, Dean of the College of Humanities said:“The Leverhulme Trust has long been a great supporter of the Humanities at Exeter and the awards to Professors Borg, Kendall, Plumley and Whittle embed that excellent relationship still further. It’s great to see four outstanding colleagues supported for major projects in this way. The College congratulates them, thanks the Leverhulme, and looks forward to the world-leading outputs that will result.”

Professor Anne Barlow, Social Sciences and International Studies Associate Dean for Research said:“Professor Dumper’s award of a prestigious Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship on Holy Cities is an outstanding achievement not only for him and for the Department of Politics, but for the College of Social Sciences and International Studies as a whole, given its wider interests and expertise in research on the Middle East. Professor Dumper’s success follows his ESRC Large Grant Award entitled Conflict in Cities and the Contested State and his excellently reviewed book, Jerusalem Unbound:Geography, History, and the Future of the Holy City and truly confirms him as a world expert of whom we are extremely proud.”

Date: 17 December 2014

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