Three Trinity Fellows have been received recognition for their work in different ways.
Dr Teresa Webber has been elected a Fellow of the British Academy; Professor Alexandra Walsham has been made a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours; and Professor Catherine Barnard has received a public engagement award from Cambridge University’s Vice-Chancellor.
Dr Webber, a Fellow in Palaeography at Trinity, said she was ‘delighted and honoured’ to have been elected a Fellow of the British Academy.
I hope that this will further enable me to develop and promote the study of medieval palaeography as a key discipline for understanding written culture.
Professor Walsham was made a CBE for services to History. Her research focuses on the religious and cultural history of early modern Britain and she has published widely in this field. Professor Walsham has been a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society since 1999, was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2009 and of the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 2013. She said:
I am honoured and humbled by this unexpected award for services to History. I hope that it will help to raise the profile of the historical discipline and of senior women in academia’, and enable me to contribute more to these causes in the coming years.
The Vice-Chancellor’s Public Engagement with Research Awards recognise and reward those who undertake significant public engagement with research – which this year included Trinity’s Senior Tutor, Professor Catherine Barnard.
As Professor of European Union Law at Cambridge, she has engaged with the public, Parliamentary select committees, MPs, Peers, and the media on legal issues relating to Brexit in the run-up to the referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU and since the vote to leave.
Professor Barnard, who is also a Senior Fellow of the UK in a Changing Europe project, has developed a range of outputs including videos. She regularly appears on the media to explain the complex legal issues surrounding Brexit in accessible ways.
The VC’s citation says:
She has become a trusted public figure, and researcher, on EU law, Brexit and surrounding issues, ensuring that the voices of those key to the research process are heard and listened to.
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