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Prestigious international fellowship award to Portsmouth professor

A University of Portsmouth professor has been award a prestigious international fellowship in recognition of his outstanding research.

Professor Chris Brown has been awarded a Stiftung Mercator Foundation Senior Fellowship, which is awarded to only six people worldwide each year.

Professor Chris Brown

Fellows are identified by a panel as ‘exceptionally talented and outstanding researchers and practitioners’ from areas seen as relevant to the themes and fields of activity of Stiftung Mercator, such as improving integration through equal educational opportunities and anchoring cultural education in schools.

The Fellowship programme, which includes a prize of €55,500, will provide Professor Brown the opportunity to undertake a six-month research project, working with the University of Duisberg-Essen in Germany.

The aim of the research is explore the idea of professional learning networks in detail. In particular, to examine how a network of schools can work together effectively to deliver improvements in the curriculum and reduce social disadvantages of pupils.

Professor Brown, whose research interest centres on how evidence can aid education policy and practice, said: “I am incredibly proud and honoured to have been chosen to receive this award. It comes at a time where myself and colleagues are pioneering research into the relatively new area of professional learning networks, so spending six months looking at what makes certain networks effective will enable us to advance the ‘state of the art’ in this area.”

Professor Brown is one of only a handful of UK academics to receive a Stiftung Mercator Foundation Senior Fellowship. Previous fellows include advisors to former US President Obama and current French President Macron.

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