Pro-Vice-Chancellor honoured with top award

Gill ValentinePro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Gill Valentine has won a prestigious award from the Royal Geographical Society.

Professor Valentine has been awarded the Murchison Award for publications in recognition of her outstanding work on the geography of difference, equality and diversity.

Professor Valentine’s research has been varied but it has focused on three interconnected areas: social identities and belonging; childhood, parenting and family life; and urban cultures and consumption.

Over the last 20 years, she has undertaken research work for a number of non-governmental organisations such as Stonewall and the Citizens Advice Bureau. She has authored and edited 15 books, and had more than 170 journal articles and reports published, and her research has helped to influence government policy and strategy.

Her research has been supported by the award of 16 grants totalling approximately £5 million, including a European Advanced Investigator award ‘Living with Difference’, which looked at communities in a world with unprecedented levels of mobility and increasing diversity. The project led to numerous journal publications and a broad evidence base to inform European policy and strategy on living with difference.

Professor Valentine said:
“I am very honoured to receive the Murchison Award from the Royal Geographical Society. It is a great privilege to join the distinguished company of those geographers whose work has previously been recognised in this way."

The award will be presented to Professor Valentine by the President of the Royal Geographical Society, Professor Dame Judith Rees, at a celebration event on Monday 1 June 2015.

The Murchison Award was first presented in 1882. It is awarded for publications judged to have contributed most to geographical science in recent years.

The award has previously been awarded to Clive Oppenheimer, Professor of Volcanology at the University of Cambridge, and Professor Anne Buttimer from University College, Dublin, to name a few.