History academic recognised in Women of Achievement Awards

Dr Claire Eldridge,Associate Professor in Modern European History has been recognised in the University of Leeds Women of Achievement awards.

The Annual Women of Achievement awards recognise excellence and Dr Eldridge was named as one of 15 female colleagues across the University who have been rewarded for  their significant contribution and impact they have made to the University and in the wider community.  

Held in the Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall, the Awards were hosted by Professor Lisa Roberts, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Innovation. Alumna and Chief Executive of the Southbank Centre, Elaine Bedell, gave a keynote speech and presented the winners with their award certificates.

Dr Eldridge was presented the award in recognition of her achievement winning the Royal Historical Society’s Gladstone Prize in 2017. She received the prize for her book "From Empire to Exile: History and Memory within the pied-noir and harki communities, 1962-2012".

Dr Eldridge joined the School of History in 2015 and specialises in the social and cultural history of France and the French Empire. Her current research explores the history of settlers from colonial Algeria who served in the French military during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This project will begin by investigating the impact military service during the First World War had upon the identities of these ‘settler soldiers’ and on their relationships with the metropolitan and indigenous colonial troops they fought alongside.

The School of History is a large and diverse School with academic staff specialising in a wide range of historical periods, geographies and themes. We are committed to ensuring our active research has a wider impact and contributes to new knowledge in History.