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Three UCL researchers awarded Philip Leverhulme Prizes

12 November 2015

Researchers from the UCL Institute of Education, UCL Geography and the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience have recently been awarded 2015 Philip Leverhulme Prizes.

2015 recipients UCL

The prizes, each worth £100,000, are awarded annually by The Leverhulme Trust across a range of disciplines. They recognise "the achievement of outstanding researchers whose work has already attracted international recognition and whose future career is exceptionally promising".

2015 prizes were given to:

  • Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh (UCL Geography)

Dr Fiddian-Qasmiyeh's research relates to experiences of, and responses to, forced migration in the Middle East and North Africa.

  • Professor Liz Pellicano (Centre for Research into Autism Education, UCL Institute of Education)

Professor Pellicano's research seeks to understand the distinctive opportunities and challenges often faced by autistic children, young people and adults, and trace their impact on everyday life.

  • Professor Jonathan Roiser (UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience)

Professor Roiser's work focuses on the psychological and brain processes underlying mental health problems. 

In 2015 the Trust offered five prizes in each of the following subject areas Classics; Earth Sciences; Physics; Politics and International Relations; Psychology; and Visual and Performing Arts. Each of the 30 Prize Winners receives £100,000 which can be used over two or three years to advance their research.

In 2016 the Trust will invite nominations for prizes in Archaeology; Chemistry; Economics; Engineering; Geography; and Languages and Literatures. The Trust's online grant application system will open to nominations for the 2016 subject areas from 1 January.