Kent shortlisted three times in Medical Humanities Award

Sam Wood

Staff in the University’s Department of Philosophy and School of Arts (Division of Arts and Humanities) have been shortlisted across three categories in the 2020 Medical Humanities Awards.

The Medical Humanities Awards are a highly renowned collaboration between the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Wellcome Trust. These awards recognise the achievements of people working to understand and transform the quality of life, health, and wellbeing, through research in the arts and humanities field.

Kent is the only institution to be shortlisted across three categories in this year’s awards.

Jon Williamson, Professor of Reasoning, Inference and Scientific Method, has been shortlisted in the Best Research category for ‘Evaluating Evidence in Medicine’, an AHRC-funded project that aims to broaden the range of evidence considered by evidence-based medicine.

Dr Michael Wilde, Lecturer in Philosophy, has been shortlisted in the Best Early Career Research (ECR) category for ‘Improving evidence evaluation in medicine’. Michael’s research develops a theory of evidence to enhance the understanding of how causal claims are established in medicine.

Dr Nicola Shaughnessy, Professor of Performance, has been shortlisted for the Leadership Award. Nicola has been at the forefront of new fields of research around creativity and neurodiversity, in particularly the projects ‘Imagining Autism’ and ‘Playing A/Part’. She has also demonstrated exceptional leadership of PhD students and early career researchers in the field.

Professor Shane Weller, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research & Innovation at the University of Kent said: ‘This is an exceptional achievement by three of our outstanding researchers, and it is a perfect demonstration not only of the very high quality of research in medical humanities at Kent, but also of the dedication of our staff to research leadership. I would like to express my heartfelt congratulations to Jon, Michael, and Nicola on their being shortlisted for these prestigious awards.’