Celebrate Our Staff – November 2018

Here we celebrate our colleagues’ achievements across the University this past month.

Dr benjamin kirby November 2018

Dr Benjamin Kirby, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science, has been awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the British Academy for his project – The politics of religious infrastructure: Christian and Muslim urban worlds in Africa.

Dr Kirby said: "I am extremely honoured to receive this British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship award. I am particularly grateful for the opportunity to take up this award at the University, where I have really benefited from the support and encouragement of my mentors and colleagues."

Dr william gamester November 2018

Dr William Gamester, Research Fellow at the School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science, has also been awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the British Academy for his project – Meta-Alethic Expressivism: A New Theory of Thinking and Talking About Truth.

Read more about Dr Kirby’s and Dr Gamester’s fellowship

EC-TEL LIME November 2018

Dr Micky Kerr, Tamsin Treasure-Jones, Dr Stefan Thalmann (University of Innsbruck at the time of this photo, now the Know Center in Austria) and Dr John Sandars (now at Edgehill University, but who was in Leeds at the time of this photo) at EC-TEL in 2013.

The Learning Layers project, which the Leeds Institute of Medical Education (LIME) was a major partner in, has won the European Vocational Education and Training (VET) Research award for 2018.

The LIME team, comprising of Tamsin Treasure-Jones, Dr Micky Kerr, Dr John Sandars, Professor Trudie Roberts and Charmaine Lawrence, led on the work designing, developing and evaluating the use of technology to support workplace learning in Primary Care. The panel praised the project for combining highly innovative practice and substantial research activity.

Tamsin Treasure-Jones, who led the healthcare sector work, said: “I’m very proud to have been involved in such an innovative project and delighted that the work continues to have impact beyond the project.”

Dr Erik Thomasson and Paul Evans November 2018

Dr Erik Thomasson (above, left), Research and Innovation Development Manager at the Institute for Transport Studies, and Paul Evans (above, right), Business Development Manager at the School of Geography, have been made Business Fellows by the Transport Systems Catapult. They will help build closer ties between the UK’s leading transport related academic departments and the transport Industry.

Dr Thomasson said: "Over a number of years I have been able to work with the Transport Systems Catapult - connecting the University’s transport research with the national agenda for developing UK strengths and economic opportunities in “Intelligent Mobility”. Earlier this year, the University became the first “Deep Academic Alliance” with the TSC. 

"Now, through the TSC’s Business Fellow Network, I will have some of my time dedicated (and funded) specifically to escalate our collaboration with the TSC. This initiative – aligned with the opening of the University’s Nexus centre for innovation and enterprise in the new year, will help us to further accelerate innovation and deepen the impact of our research."

Paul said: “I’m delighted to have been chosen for the newly established Business Fellow role within the Transport Systems Catapult Intelligent Mobility network.

“The aim of the network is to bring outputs closer to commercialisation and enable academics to increase their industry engagement, entrepreneurship and research impact. By developing closer ties with the UK’s national transport centre, the university will benefit from further research and innovation opportunities.”

Helen Gleeson September 2018

Professor Helen Gleeson, Head of the School of Physics and Astronomy, has won the Outstanding Research Supervisor of the Year category in this year’s Times Higher Education Awards.

Professor Gleeson said: “I was speechless that my students nominated me for this award and I feel very honoured to have won, especially in such august company. Congratulations to everyone on the shortlist.”

Read more about Professor Gleeson’s award.

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