Two leading University of Glasgow researchers have been awarded prestigious Fellowships from the Leverhulme Trust.

Professor Michael Brady and Professor Catherine Steel both of the School of Humanities | Sgoil nan Daonnachdan will take up Leverhulme Major Research Fellowships from September 2023.

The Glasgow academics are among 30 researchers to receive a Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust.

The Fellowships aim to support well-established, distinguished researchers in the humanities and social sciences to complete a piece of original research over the course of two to three years.

Professor Brady’s two-year project will focus on the philosophy of post-traumatic growth.

Professor Brady, who is Head of School of Humanities | Sgoil nan Daonnachdan and Professor of Philosophy, said: “I am delighted to have been offered a Major Research Fellowship, and I am very grateful to the Leverhulme Trust for their support.

“Post-traumatic growth has long been of interest to psychologists and clinicians. And the idea that people can experience positive change as a result of dealing with adversity is a staple of theological traditions, and of art and literature. But philosophers have not given the phenomenon as much attention as it deserves. My project aims to rectify this, and to help us understand better an important claim about human life and human experience.”

Professor Catherine Steel’s three-year project is entitled “The Senate of Republican Rome: a new history”.

Professor Steel, Professor of Classics, said: “I’m absolutely delighted to have received this Fellowship and the opportunity it provides to pursue my research on the Roman Senate.

“Republican Rome was a military superpower, and a hugely influential model in later periods of how a society might be successful without monarchs. But we still don’t really understand how its political system combined democratic power with an apparently dominant elite, and this project will, I hope, allow me to show how the Senate played a pivotal role within this complex system.”