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23 July 2016

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Professor Leach made Fellow of British Academy

St Hugh’s College Tutorial Fellow in Music, Professor Elizabeth Eva Leach, has been elected a Fellow of the British Academy.

Professor Leach FBA is a music theorist and musicologist whose main scholarly focus has been on music and poetry of the fourteenth-century, although her specialisms also include the history, theory and analysis of the thirteenth-century. She has just been elected to the Fellowship during the British Academy’s Annual General Meeting on 14th July.

The British Academy is the UK’s national body for the humanities and social sciences and has a fellowship of some 1,300 leading academics. Professor Leach was elected alongside 41 other distinguished UK academics and a further 20 Corresponding Fellows from overseas universities. The election to Fellowship of the Academy is a momentous achievement that is based on scholarly publications and research activity. There are only a small number of Fellows elected each year in the academic disciplines of the humanities and social sciences, with it quite common for only one or two to be elected in most fields.

She has published broadly, most recently Manuscripts and Medieval Song: Inscription, Performance, Context (Cambridge: University of Cambridge Press, 2015) which was co-edited with Helen Deeming. She also regularly writes a blog which allows easier access to her work and also includes abstracts of her published and forthcoming works. You can find out more and explore the blog on her website:

Professor Leach has also previously been the recipient of accolades for her work having been awarded the Dent Medal by the Royal Musical Association in 2013 which is given in recognition of outstanding contributions to musicology.

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