Our internationally acclaimed academic staff provide expert supervision and teaching on topics ranging from ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia to the study of antiquity in the modern age. They are active researchers at the forefront of their disciplines. Their research-led teaching will provide you with access to current thinking and ground-breaking research.
Their excellence in research has been recognised through a number of prestigious awards and fellowships. Examples of staff who have recently been awarded fellowships include:
- Dr Emma Aston – Margo Tytus Visiting Fellowship, University of Cincinnati (2021)
- Professor Ian Rutherford – Research Fellow, Käte Hamburger Kolleg, Bochum, Germany: "Dynamics in the History of Religions between Asia and Europe" (2018–19)
- Professor Katherine Harloe – British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship (2018–19): "Winckelmann's Love Letters"
- Professor Rachel Mairs – British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship (2018–19): "Teach Yourself Arabic: Foreigners Learning Colloquial Arabic, 1850–1945"
- Professor Annalisa Marzano – Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship (2017–2019): "'Grafting Glory': New Plants, the Economy and Elite Identity in Ancient Rome"
- Dr Arietta Papaconstantinou – Gerda Henkel Foundation Research Scholarship (2015-2016): "Credit, Debt, and the Transformation of Rural Society in Egypt and Palestine from Constantine to the Abbasids'; ERC Award (2013 ff.): 'The Cult of Saints: a Christendom-wide Study of its Origin, Spread and Development"
- Professor Amy Smith – Visiting Fellow, Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University (2017): "Encountering strangers in Classical Athenian Art"
Our excellence in teaching and learning has been recognised through various awards, from both the Reading University Students' Union (RUSU) and external organisations.
- Jackie Baines was awarded the 2017 RUSU Teaching Excellence Award.
- Dr Emma Aston won the 2015 RUSU Teaching Excellence Award.
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