New British Academy Fellowships

03 Aug 2010 13:22:50.637

Academics from The University of Nottingham’s School of Law, the Department of Theology and Religious Studies and the School of Geography have joined a select group of scholars to be elected as Fellows of The British Academy.

Each year the British Academy elects to its Fellowship up to 38 outstanding UK-based scholars who have achieved distinction in any branch of the humanities and social sciences.

James Fawcett, Professor of International Commerical Law, Stephen Daniels, Professor of Cultural Geography and Anthony Thiselton, Professor of Christian Theology have joined around 900 scholars who have been recognised by the British Academy for distinction in the study of humanities and social sciences

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Professor James Fawcett’s expertise in private international law focuses on the principles, theory and comparative aspects; the application to intellectual property and international sale of goods and the influence of human rights law on private international law.

Professor Daniels is an expert on the history of landscape representation, design and management; the landscape arts of eighteenth century Britain and the history of geographical knowledge and imagination.  Since 2005 he has directed the AHRC Landscape and Environment programme. This year Professor Daniels co-organised the bicentenary exhibition Paul Sandby: Picturing Britain at the Castle Museum Nottingham, National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh and Royal Academy, London.

Professor Anthony Thiselton is known internationally for his work on hermeneutics and theory of interpretation. His research interests also include modern theology, philosophy of religion, and the application of philosophy of language to biblical studies.

They join four other University of Nottingham academics who have received this recognition.

Emeritus Professor Elizabeth Boa — one of the most respected Germanists of her generation who was elected in 2003.

Emeritus Professor Wolfgang Liebeschuetz — elected in 1991 for his work in the field of Roman religion in the imperial period, and the transformation of the late Roman into the medieval world.

Emeritus Professor Robert Markus. Elected in 1985 Professor Markus also received an OBE for services to ecclesiastical history.

Professor Robert Tate, a distinguished scholar of medieval Iberia, was elected in 1980. The Tate Lecture was inaugurated in February 2004 in his honour as the first professor of Spanish at Nottingham. 

The British Academy, established by Royal Charter in 1902, is the national body that champions and supports the humanities and social sciences. It aims to inspire, recognise and support excellence and high achievement across the UK and internationally.  


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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 100 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and Times Higher (THE) World University Rankings.

More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to RAE 2008, with almost 60 per cent of all research defined as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Research Fortnight analysis of RAE 2008 ranks the University 7th in the UK by research power. In 27 subject areas, the University features in the UK Top Ten, with 14 of those in the Top Five.

The University provides innovative and top quality teaching, undertakes world-changing research, and attracts talented staff and students from 150 nations. Described by The Times as Britain's "only truly global university", it has invested continuously in award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. Twice since 2003 its research and teaching academics have won Nobel Prizes. The University has won the Queen's Award for Enterprise in both 2006 (International Trade) and 2007 (Innovation – School of Pharmacy), and was named ‘Entrepreneurial University of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2008.

Nottingham was designated as a Science City in 2005 in recognition of its rich scientific heritage, industrial base and role as a leading research centre. Nottingham has since embarked on a wide range of business, property, knowledge transfer and educational initiatives ( in order to build on its growing reputation as an international centre of scientific excellence. The University of Nottingham is a partner in Nottingham: the Science City.

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