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Distinguished award for Reading philosopher – University of Reading

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Distinguished award for Reading philosopher

Release Date 02 December 2005

the mindA University of Reading philosopher has been awarded £50,000 in recognition of her research achievements. Dr Emma Borg, of the School of Humanities, is one of just 26 academics who have won a prestigious Philip Leverhulme Prize. The awards, which are granted by the Leverhulme Trust, aim to recognise and facilitate the work of outstanding young researchers based in UK universities. Prize recipients are scholars who have already influenced the understanding of their field and gained an international standing, but of whom it is felt that their best research is yet to come. Speaking of this year's awards, Professor Sir Richard Brook, Director of the Leverhulme Trust, said: "The standard of the nominated candidates was encouragingly high, and the eventual recipients of Prizes were judged by the panel to be truly outstanding in their fields, with records of proven achievement." Dr Borg, described by one colleague as a "highly energetic individual and an extremely able philosopher", researches the area of philosophy of mind and language. As well as achieving international recognition for her research, Dr Borg is also a popular and effective teacher. "I'm obviously very happy indeed to have been awarded the Leverhulme Prize," she said. "The award will allow me to develop my research, which considers the overarching questions of the structure of the human mind." End Notes for editors 1. The Philip Leverhulme Prizes commemorate the contribution to the work of the Trust made by Philip Leverhulme, the Third Viscount Leverhulme and grandson of Trust's founder. Since 2001, the Trustees have awarded 106 of these prizes totalling £5.3 million of funding to support and recognise research in subjects as diverse as classics and software technology. See 2. For media enquiries, please contact Craig Hillsley, the University's press officer. Tel 0118 378 7388, email

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