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Leverhulme Trust supports international research at Bristol

Press release issued: 11 December 2001

Leverhulme Trust supports international research at Bristol

The Leverhulme Trust, one of Britain's most important grant-making foundations, has awarded Bristol University four grants to support academic research.

Professors Richard Buxton and Charles Martindale in the Department of Classics and Ancient History have both been awarded major research fellowships. The awards are for the next two years and will pay for the cost of two full-time replacement lecturers to enable both academics to devote time to their research project.

Professor Buxton will be researching Greek metamorphoses: myth, religion and belief, and Professor Martindale will be researching aesthetics and Latin poetry.

The professors said in a joint statement: 'As can be seen from the titles of our projects, the two of us intend to explore quite different intellectual areas. But we have in common the strategy of setting the world of classical antiquity within wider perspectives, whether philosophy and literary theory (Martindale) or anthropology and the study of religion (Buxton).

'Taken together, these two awards - for which we would like to express our deep gratitude to the Leverhulme Trust - demonstrate that scholars in Bristol's Department of Classics and Ancient History are recognised for research of international distinction. And it is worth stressing the term 'research', which is what we both propose to be engaged in - research is emphatically not reserved solely for our colleagues in science!'

Professor Peter Smart in the University's School of Geographical Sciences has been awarded a research project grant of over £131,000 over three years, starting in 2002. The project title is 'Validating the atmospheric radiocarbon record using speleothems.'

Finally the Department of Physics has been granted an artist-in-residence award. The artist, Richard Box, will take up residency next year for seven months to work on his project 'Photographic and technological systems'.

The aim of the scheme is to foster creative collaboration between the artist, staff and regular students bringing artists into study and research environments where creative art is not normally part of the activities of the institution.

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Copyright: 2001 The University of Bristol, UK
Updated: Tuesday, 11-Dec-2001 17:46:48 GMT

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