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Spotlight on Success – May 2021

Spotlight on Success

This is our last Spotlight on Success publishing a selection of key Teaching & Learning and Research achievements and developments this academic year. Look out for more success stories coming your way at the start of the new academic year in the autumn. 

Awards & Prizes   

  • Dr Keri Nicoll (Meteorology) has been awarded the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Atmospheric and Space Electricity Early Career Award prize for her work measuring atmospheric electricity. 

  • Professor Giles Harrison (Meteorology) has been awarded the Christiaan Huygens Medal by the European Geosciences Union for his work advancing understanding of electric charge in the Earth’s atmosphere. 

  • Dr John McKeane (Literature, Languages & Cultures) has been awarded the Society for French Studies prize fellowship for 2021-22, which will provide £27.4k funding for teaching and admin replacement. This will enable him to work on a project named Philosophy's Others: Sarah Kofman and Barbara Cassin 

  • Professor Katherine Harloe (Classics) has been awarded a two-month Visiting Fellowship by the Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für die Erforschung der europäischen Aufklärung at the Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, which is a centre of excellence for research into the transnational European Enlightenment. This fellowship will enable her to polish the translation and edition section of her monograph on Winckelmann’s Love Letters in the company of world-leading expertise. 


  • Athena SWAN success. The School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences (SPCLS) has been awarded an Athena SWAN Silver, and the School of Politics, Economics, and International Relations (SPEIR) an Athena SWAN Bronze award. These awards recognise the advancement of gender equality in higher education and SPCLS and SPEIR join eight Schools at our University that hold an Athena SWAN award. Read more about the awards on the Staff Portal. 

  • Open Research Award online celebration on 9 June, 13.00-15.30This event will feature four superb Open Research case study presentations from the finalists in the Award competition (those in bold will be presenting):   

Following presentations from finalists, the winner of the 2021 Award will be announced by Professor Parveen Yaqoob, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and PVC for Research and Innovation. Book your place now to support our finalists, and invite your colleagues, students and friends. 

  • Research funding worth a total of $21m has been awarded to projects involving University of Reading scientists, which seek to develop new models to better predict how the Earth will look in the future under climate change. We are leading one project and involved in another, out of four projects selected for support from Schmidt Futures in its Virtual Earth System Research Institute as one of only two UK institutions funded under the scheme. 

  • A video explainer of the ‘warming stripes’, created by Professor Ed Hawkins (Meteorology)opened the Green Horizon Perspectives event co-hosted by the City of London Corporation and Green Finance Institute, and supported by the World Economic Forum. 


  • Dr Marcus Tindall (Mathematics) has been granted additional funding by the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council research associates in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. 

  • Professor James Green (Law) has been funded by the British Academy for the project Collective Self-Defence in International Law. 

  • Professor Hella Eckardt (Archaeology) has been awarded funding from Arts Council England for the project Decoding Cremations: Colchester's Roman Burials. 

  • Dr Vicky Boult (Meteorology) has been awarded Natural Environment Research Council Knowledge Exchange funding for the project Forecast-based action for conservation, following the success of a flood forecasting model used by Reading scientists to predict areas that will be hardest hit after tropical storms. 

  • Dr Velomahanian Razakamaharavo (Politics & International Relations) has been awarded Economic and Social Research Council funding for the project Exploring the impacts of hybridisation on the local conflict trajectories of Madagascar between the post-WWII colonial rule and 2016. 

  • Dr Alanna Skuse (English Literature) has been awarded funding from the Wellcome Trust for the project What to think of a wound: wounding oneself in early modern England. 

  • Professor Bryan Lawrence and Dr Grenville Lister (National Centre for Atmospheric Science) have been awarded two Government Strategic Priority Fund awards (Excalibur) to help get weather and climate models to work on next-generation computers that the Met Office has just been given £1.2Bn to procure. 

  • Dr Nat Hansen (Philosophy) and Eugen Fischer (UEA) have received a €20,000 grant from the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung to organise a conference on Ordinary Language Philosophy in Berlin in 2022. 






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