Grant winners

February 23, 2012


Philip Leverhulme Prizes

These prizes, worth £70,000 each, are awarded to outstanding scholars who have made a substantial and recognised contribution to their field of study.

Astronomy and astrophysics

• Award winner: Emma Bunce

• Institution: University of Leicester

Planetary magnetospheres and auroral emissions

• Award winner: Andrew Levan

• Institution: University of Warwick

Gamma-ray bursts, supernovae and high redshift galaxies

• Award winner: Richard Massey

• Institution: University of Edinburgh

Understanding the nature of dark matter and dark energy

• Award winner: David Seery

• Institution: University of Sussex

For his work on cosmology and the very early Universe

• Award winner: David Pontin

• Institution: University of Dundee

Modelling the structure and dynamics of magnetic fields in astrophysical plasmas


• Award winner: Michael Elsby

• Institution: University of Edinburgh

Labour economics, macroeconomics, unemployment and wage setting

• Award winner: Helen Simpson

• Institution: University of Bristol

Empirical analysis of firm location decisions, productivity and innovation

• Award winner: Andrea Galeotti

• Institution: University of Essex

The study of social and economic networks

• Award winner: Sophocles Mavroeidis

• Institution: University of Oxford

Econometrics and empirical macroeconomics

• Award winner: Paul Surico

• Institution: London Business School

Macroeconomics, business cycle, monetary economics and applied econometrics


Wellcome Trust Investigator Awards

These inaugural awards in medical humanities range in value from £700,000 to just over £1.26 million.

• Award winner: Mary Dixon-Woods

• Institution: University of Leicester

Ethics of patient safety and quality in healthcare

• Award winner: Ian Harper

• Institution: University of Edinburgh

Understanding TB control: technologies, ethics and programmes

• Award winner: Jonathan Barry

• Institution: University of Exeter

The medical world of early modern England, Wales and Ireland, c.1500-1715


National Institute for Health Research

• Award winner: Sally Jane Haw

• Institution: University of Stirling

• Value: £1,265,681

Public Health Research programme

Determining the Impact of Smoking Point of Sale Legislation among Youth (DISPLAY) Study

Every year about 15,000 young people start smoking. Tobacco marketing has been shown to influence adolescent smoking intentions and uptake. Point of sale (POS) tobacco displays are one of the few ways in which the tobacco industry can legitimately promote its products. The study aims to assess the impact of measures in the Tobacco and Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Act 2010, which ban POS tobacco displays and advertising, on young people's exposure to tobacco advertising and their attitudes towards smoking. The research will explore the relationship between changes in the prevalence, density and awareness of POS advertising; cigarette brand awareness; perceived ease of access to cigarettes; attempts to buy cigarettes; perceived youth smoking prevalence; pro-tobacco attitudes and the uptake and prevalence of smoking.

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