Future leaders to deliver global impact

Five more Leeds researchers have received a prestigious fellowship aimed at tackling global challenges.

Five new Future Leader Fellows have been announced from Leeds

Five new Future Leader Fellows have been announced from Leeds. September 2019

Universities Minister, Chris Skidmore MP, today (Friday 20 September) announced the next cohort of 78 Future Leader Fellows, which includes Dr Laura Carter from the Faculty of the Environment; Dr Richard Mann from the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences; Dr Izzy Jayasinghe and Dr Laura Dixon, both from the Faculty of Biological Sciences; and Dr Karen Michelle Davies, who will join the same Faculty in January.

Funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), the Future Leaders Fellowships provide funding and resources to the best early-career researchers and innovators from across universities, business and other organisations.

The Fellows’ ground-breaking work forms a key part of maintaining the UK’s status at the forefront of cutting-edge research and innovation long into the future.

Mr Skidmore said: “Delivering on our research and innovation ambitions means putting people first, whether they are just starting out in their career or are leading major projects in academia or industry.

“These inspirational Future Leaders Fellows will generate the ideas of the future, helping to shape science and research for the 21st century. But to realise the full potential of these discoveries, their ideas need to be taken out of the lab and turned into real products and services, where they can actually change people’s lives for the better.”

The new Future Leader Fellows join Dr Lauren Gregoire, Dr Katie McQuaid and Dr Alexander Valavanis, who were announced as Fellows earlier this year – highlighting the University’s ability to attract world-leading researchers who are making a difference to the world around them.

The new Fellows will focus on bolstering resilience in a rapidly changing world by examining risks and adaptability for plant and soil systems, understanding community interactions and developing new technology to better understand our biological environment.

Read more about each of these research projects.

Tackling global challenges

Leeds is a leader in addressing global challenges and is ranked in the top three UK universities for global funding success.

Leeds has received more than £45 million from the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) during the past five years and supports more than 70 GCRF research projects across 30 different countries.

These projects range from research to improve the quality of life for people in developing countries, to building communities, developing skills and combating disease.

Read more about the GCRF projects at Leeds and learn about our global presence and research and innovation excellence.

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