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Emeritus Professor Jane Roberts elected member of the Royal Irish Association

Membership to the Academy is considered the highest academic honour in Ireland. 

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From left to right: Emeritus Professor Roberts (King's College London), Professor Rigney (Utrecht University) & Professor Corrigan (Newcastle University). Credit: RIA

Emeritus Professor Jane Roberts has been admitted as a member to The Royal Irish Academy (RIA) at a ceremony on Friday 20 May 2022.

The RIA, based in Dublin, is an academic body that promotes the study of science, humanities and social science, bringing together the world of academia, government and industry to address issues of mutual interest, through outreach events and research projects.

One of the Academy's principles roles is to highlight, support and identify world-class Irish researchers.

Each year, membership is awarded to new members who are selected from across the country. This year, Emeritus Professor Roberts was one of 29 newly elected memnbers.

It was a splendid day and such an honour to be made an honorary member of the Academy. Generally, fellows must live and work in Ireland, otherwise they have to have been born in Ireland. I have lived in England since 1969, the year I got married and came to a lectureship in King's, and this was my first journey home since COVID.– Emeritus Professor Jane Roberts
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Emeritus Professor Jane Roberts at the ceremony. Credit: RIA
We are immensely proud of these 29 new Members who we are recognising today for their scholarly achievements, their research and international distinction or for significant contributions to Irish society. As new Members of the Academy, they will contribute to and strengthen our capacity to provide expert advice on Higher Education and Research policy.– Dr Mary Canning, President of the Royal Irish Academy
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Admittance day for 24 of the 29 newly elected members. Credit: RIA

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Jane Roberts

Emeritus Professor of English Language and Medieval Literature, University of London


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