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St Mary’s Strengthens Research Expertise

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St Mary’s Strengthens Research Expertise

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St Mary’s University, Twickenham has strengthened its research provision after appointing Dr Glenn Richardson, Reader (Associate-Professor) in Early-Modern History, as its Director of Research. Dr Richardson, who is also Academic Director of History and Philosophy within the School of Arts and Humanities, works with colleagues to develop research in all areas of expertise across the University. Specialising in Tudor history, Dr Richardson has an extensive publication record. He was named St Mary’s Experienced Researcher of the Year for 2013/14 for his book The Field of Cloth of Gold, which explores the meeting between King Henry VIII of England and King Francis I of France in 1520. As part of this new role, Dr Richardson mentors St Mary’s academic staff, at all career stages, engaged in research and oversees the progress of PhD students. He also oversees the current stage of planning for the University’s 2020 Research Excellence Framework entry, and the University’s submission to the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for its Research Degree Awarding Powers. Dr Richardson said, “Alongside my teaching responsibilities, I am delighted to be working with my colleagues involved in research throughout the University.” Dr Richardson was recently elected to the Fellowship of the Society of Antiquaries, Britain’s oldest continually running history association, which was founded in 1707. The Society, which received a royal charter in 1751, aims “to encourage, advance and further the study and knowledge of the antiquities and history of this and other countries”. Of his election, Dr Richardson said, “I am deeply honoured to be elected to the Fellowship of this prestigious society. As an historian of the early-modern period, I am particularly happy to join an association founded in the 18th century. I look forward to making a contribution to the work of the Society henceforward.”
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