Kersti Börjars and Laura Tunbridge Elected Members of the Academia Europaea

St Catherine’s is delighted to announce that the Master, Professor Kersti Börjars, and Professor of Music, Laura Tunbridge, have been elected Members of the Academia Europaea. Members are elected to the Academia Europaea by their peers, as individuals who have demonstrated sustained academic excellence.

Kersti Börjars has been the Master of St Catherine’s College since January 2020. Prior to this she was a professor of linguistics at the University of Manchester, where she held a number of senior roles, most recently the Associate Vice-President for Teaching, Learning & Students. She was the President of The Linguistics Association of Great Britain from 2005 until 2011, is the editor of the Journal of Linguistics, and was Professor II of Nordic Languages at The University of Oslo 2017-2019. The Master says of her nomination, “I am delighted to be elected to Academia Europaea. It is especially pleasing to have two members of St Catherine’s be elected in the same year.”

Laura Tunbridge has been the Henfrey Fellow and Tutor in Music since October 2014. Before joining St Catz she taught at the University of Reading and at the University of Manchester. In October 2019 she was awarded a three-year Major Research Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust to work on a social and sonic history of the string quartet. She has written a book about Beethoven, for the 2020 celebrations of the composer’s 250th birthday, which is out on 16th July, more details can be found here. Laura says of her nomination “The commitment of the Academia Europaea to sharing international research and to public education is more vital than ever, and I am delighted and honoured to have been elected as a member, especially in such good company.”




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