University of Sheffield academics elected Fellows of the British Academy

In an unprecedented honour for The University of Sheffield, two academic staff from the Faculty of Arts and Humanities have been elected Fellows of the British Academy – the UK’s national body which champions and supports the humanities and social sciences.

We’d like to offer our warmest congratulations to Professor Michael Braddick, Professor of History, and Professor Glynis Jones, Department of Archaeology.

Mike has recently completed a term of office as Pro Vice Chancellor for the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. Author of a number of highly acclaimed histories, he has published widely on aspects of state formation and forms of political resistance in early modern England. He is also a champion of the value of the Arts and Humanities within education, and his articles on this subject have been published by the national media.

Glynis has been a member of staff at The University of Sheffield for almost thirty years. She is the Director of the MSc Environmental Archaeology and Palaeoeconomy and is a world expert on the origins of agriculture.

Professor Keith Burnett, Vice Chancellor, said, “I am truly delighted that two of our colleagues have been honoured by Fellowship of the British Academy. It is vital that universities not only address the scientific and technical challenges of the modern age, but also that we ask profound questions about society and how we live. The humanities and social sciences bring vital insight of history and archaeology and an understanding of human life and cultures. Without this perspective, we are deeply impoverished as people and our technical solutions run the risk of misunderstanding the very people they are meant to serve.”

Additional information:

University press release

Mike Braddick’s staff profile

Glynis Jones’ staff profile