TWO University of Oxford professors have been awarded £100,000 prizes for their research.

Professors Jeremias Adams-Prassl and Laura Quick have received the funding for their work on the legal implications of artificial intelligence and the study of the Hebrew Bible, respectively.

The prestigious Philip Leverhulme Prizes rewards early career researchers whose work has had an ‘international impact’ and whose future is deemed ‘exceptionally promising’.

Dr Adams-Prassl’s research looks at algorithms for employment law, while Dr Quick’s work examines beauty and aesthetics in the Hebrew Bible.

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Dr Adams-Prassl said: “I’m incredibly grateful and excited – the Leverhulme Prize will support inter-disciplinary research on the global rise of algorithmic management, not least by bringing together early career researchers from across the world.”

Professor Dame Sarah Whatmore, head of the social sciences division, added: “I am delighted that Jeremias Adams-Prassl has been awarded this prestigious prize as an acknowledgement of his talent and potential. His work on the future of labour markets is a vital area of social sciences research with the potential to have wide-ranging policy impacts.”

Dr Quick said she was thrilled to receive the award, adding: “Beauty is an important conceptual category which animates and informs biblical literature, yet scholars have failed to interrogate the concept beyond inherited theological frameworks.”

Dr Bill Wood, chair of the faculty board for Theology & Religion, said Dr Quick’s new project on beauty and aesthetics in biblical literature is ‘sure to have significant implications for understanding both the Bible and the history of aesthetics’.