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UCL academics elected as British Academy Fellows

16 July 2015

Four academics from UCL have been elected as Fellows of the British Academy in recognition of their outstanding research in the humanities and social sciences.

British Academy Fellows

Professor Briony Fer (Professor of History of Art in UCL History of Art), Professor Michael Parker Pearson (Professor of British Later Prehistory in UCL Archaeology), Professor Janette Atkinson FMedSci (Emeritus Professor of Psychology in UCL Psychology & Language Sciences) and Professor Melanie Bartley (Emeritus Professor of Medical Sociology in UCL Epidemiology & Public Health) have been announced as four of the 42 highly distinguished UK academics to be elected as Fellows by the Academy during their Annual General Meeting.

Lord Stern, President of the British Academy, said: "This year we have the honour of once again welcoming the finest researchers and scholars into our Fellowship. Elected from across the UK and world for their distinction in the humanities and social sciences, they represent an unrivalled resource of expertise and knowledge.

"Their collective work and expertise are testament to why research in the humanities and social sciences is vital for our understanding of the world and humanity."

The newly elected fellows will play a vital role in the work of the Academy by encouraging younger researchers, engaging in public discussion of the great issues and ideas of our time and contributing to policy reports.

The British Academy is the UK's expert body that supports and speaks for the humanities and social sciences. The academy aims to inspire, recognise and support excellence and high achievement in these fields, both in the UK and internationally, and seeks to increase public understanding of how the humanities and social sciences contribute to our economic, social, cultural and individual well-being. 

A full list of the new British Academy Fellows and their institutions can be found in the links below.



  • Clockwise from top left: Professor Briony Fer, Professor Michael Parker Pearson, Professor Melanie Bartley and Professor Janette Atkinson FMedSci