University academics scoop top fellow awards

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Two academics from Sheffield University have been elected Fellows of the British Academy – the body which champions humanities and social sciences.

History professor Michael Braddick and archaeologist professor Glynis Jones received the nominations, seen as an unprecedented honour for the university.

ProfBraddick’s most recent book was a new history of the English civil wars – his specialist period is the 17th century.

Prof Jones is a world expert on the origins of agriculture.

Professor Sir Keith Burnett, university vice-chancellor, said: “I am truly delighted our colleagues have been honoured.

“It is vital universities address not only scientific and technical challenges, but that we also 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.”