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King’s wins an AXA Post-Doctoral Fellowship for 201011 Mar 2010, PR 44/10
King’s has recently been successful in attracting funding from the AXA Research Fund support a Post-Doctoral Fellow. The insurance company says that their research fund aims to encourage ‘the emergence of the world's scientific leaders from the very beginning of their career’.
Professor Vaughan Robinson, Director of the Graduate School which co-ordinated the bid said ‘King’s is delighted to be hosting Frank Foley and to be in receipt of a prestigious AXA Fellowship. Only 30 of these are awarded each year across Europe so it is a tribute to the excellence of the candidates we put forward that we have been successful in this open competition’.
Dr Frank Foley was the successful candidate for King’s and he recently took up his post in the Department of War Studies. His research project is entitled ‘Explaining the Adaptability of Counterterrorist Organisations: France, Britain and the United States facing Transnational Terrorism’.
Dr Foley was educated at National University of Ireland Cork and Cambridge. He received his PhD from the European University Institute, Florence and has been a Zukerman Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University. His work on the reform of counterterrorist organisations and the expansion of intelligence agency mandates in Britain and France has recently appeared in the journals, Security Studies and the Review of International Studies.
Dr Foley said ‘I am grateful to the AXA Research Fund for enabling me to work at one of the foremost centres for security studies in Europe. I’d also like to acknowledge the support of the Department of War Studies, the School of Social Science & Public Policy, and Graduate School in the preparation of this successful application.’
His webpage can be found at http://www.kcl.ac.uk/schools/sspp/ws/people/research/foley/
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King's has an outstanding reputation for providing world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise for British universities, 23 departments were ranked in the top quartile of British universities; over half of our academic staff work in departments that are in the top 10 per cent in the UK in their field and can thus be classed as world leading. The College is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings and has an overall annual income of nearly £450 million.
King's has a particularly distinguished reputation in the humanities, law, the sciences (including a wide range of health areas such as psychiatry, medicine and dentistry) and social sciences including international affairs. It has played a major role in many of the advances that have shaped modern life, such as the discovery of the structure of DNA and research that led to the development of radio, television, mobile phones and radar. It is the largest centre for the education of healthcare professionals in Europe; no university has more Medical Research Council Centres.
King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas', King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts are part of King's Health Partners. King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering global collaboration between one of the world's leading research-led universities and three of London's most successful NHS Foundation Trusts, including leading teaching hospitals and comprehensive mental health services. For more information, visit: www.kingshealthpartners.org.
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