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Queen's Languages Professor shortlisted for higher education award

Professor Isabel Torres of the School of Arts, English and Languages has been shortlisted for the Times Higher Education (THE) Award 2016 for 'Outstanding Research Supervisor of the Year'.

The annual THE Awards are widely recognised as the Oscars of the higher education sector, attracting hundreds of entries that exemplify the talent, dedication and innovation of individuals and teams across all aspects of university life.

Sponsored by the UK Council for Graduate Education, the 'Outstanding Research Supervisor of the Year' award will be given to the individual 'who has created the most supportive, stimulating and inspirational research environment for PhD or professional doctoral students'.

Professor Torres was shortlisted following a team nomination from her former and present research students, who wished to acknowledge her excellence in supervision and mentoring and felt that her innovation in placing postgraduate researchers at the heart of academic dialogue deserves recognition.

Chair of Spanish Golden Age literature at Queen’s, Professor Torres is executive editor of renowned international journal the Bulletin of Spanish Studies and president of the Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland.  Her most recent publications include the 2013 book length study Love Poetry in the Spanish Golden Age: Eros, Eris and Empire, a co-edited volume of essays, Spanish Golden Age Poetry in Motion: The Dynamics of Creation and Conversation (2014) and a co-edited special issue of the Bulletin of Spanish Studies, 'Realizing the Imagination in Early Modern Iberian Culture' (2016).

In July 2016 Professor Torres was elected a ‘miembro correspondiente extranjera de la Real Academia Española’ (‘International Corresponding Member of the Royal Spanish Academy’) – one of Spain’s highest accolades – in recognition of her outstanding scholarly contribution to Spanish literature.

Winners of the THE awards will be announced on 24 November 2016 at a gala awards evening at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

View the full shortlist here.

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