Issue date: 19 November 2002

Dr Martin Thomas, a Reader in History at the University of the West of England has been awarded a prestigious Leverhulme Trust prize for the outstanding quality of his work.

The £50,000 recognises Martin Thomas’ work in the field of international history – particularly the colonial history of France and how it has intersected with that of other nations. He is currently working on a project on colonial regimes in the inter-war Middle East.

UWE is the only ‘new’ University to be honoured with one of the 24 Philip Leverhulme Prizes for 2002. The prizes are made in recognition of the research achievement by outstanding young scholars and are awarded in five disciplines.* The quality of Dr
Thomas's work has served to secure him a position at the forefront of the younger scholars working in the field of international history, and the respect with which he is held by colleagues in the UK, France and North America is well-earned.

Martin says he is delighted to receive the award.


Editor’s notes

1. *The five disciplines in 2002 are: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences; Economics; Information and Communications Technology; and Modern History since 1800.

2. The Leverhulme Trust was established in 1925 under the Will of the first Lord Leverhulme - William Hesketh Lever - the entrepreneur and philanthropist who established Lever Brothers in the late nineteenth century. The Trust provides some £25million each year to promote research of originality and significance principally in the university sector across a full span of disciplines. For further information about the Trust and a full list of prize winners please see www.leverhulme.org.uk

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