Dr Victoria Southgate has also been awarded nearly £500,000 for a Research Career Development Fellowship by the Wellcome Trust. Dr Southgate commented: "My research question concerns those aspects of brain development that enable infants to learn from others' actions. Specifically, what are the neural mechanisms that enable infants to identify others' actions as goal-directed, and to coordinate their actions with others? In addressing these questions, I will test hypotheses generated by a model of action interpretation which implicates infants' developing motor skills in action anticipation, but dissociates them from goal attribution. Having identified these mechanisms, I will ask how the uniquely social environment of infant learning might impact on these mechanisms."
More awards have come from the Leverhulme Trust. Three early career fellowships have been awarded in the former School of History, Classics and Archaeology; to Dr Christian Goeschel for his work on Organised crime in Germany, 1918-1948, and Dr Surekha Davies for research on European Knowledge of Distance Peoples, 1550-1700. In the former School of Psychology Dr Mayada Elsabbagh has also been awarded an early career fellowship for her research on Bridging the gap between laboratory measures and Biomarkers.
Earlier this year, a research fellowship was awarded to Dr Nic Wachsmann in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology and he has also just been awarded a British Academy Research Development Award for £85k.
Professor Frank Trentmann has been awarded the prestigious Whitfield Prize by the Royal Historical Society for his book Free Trade Nation. In awarding the prize the judges said that Trentmann's human history of Free Trade was a "brilliant achievement".