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Fellows Awarded Academic Promotions

Three Hughes Hall Fellows have recently received academic promotions in their departments, a wonderful achievement and a reflection of their hard-work and dedication to their respective fields.

Dr. Ricardo Sabates has been promoted to Professor in the Faculty of Education.

Dr Ricardo Sabates

Dr. Sabates is an experienced academic with significant expertise on ideas around educational inequalities in the context of international development. An academic since 2002, he has held posts at the Institute of Education London and the University of Sussex, as well as spending 2012-2014 in Rwanda undertaking reseach in educational inequalities.

In 2015 he was appointed Reader in Education at the University of Cambridge where he is an active member of the Research for Equitable Access and Learning (REAL) Centre.

Ricardo has published on issues of the health and social benefits of education, educational inequalities in access and learning in low income countries, as well as determinants of educational disadvantages. 

Through his research he has collaborated with numerous international agencies including OECD, UNICEF, UNESCO UIS, DFID and the World Bank. 

Dr. Eugene Shwageraus has been promoted to Reader in the Department of Engineering.

Dr Eugene Shwageraus

Dr. Shwageraus is currently the Course Director for the MPhil in Nuclear Energy in the Department for Engineering. Prior to joining the University of Cambridge, he was the Head of Nuclear Engineering Department, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. He has recently spent two years as a Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he took part in an interdisciplinary study on The Future of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle. 

Dr Shwageraus’s research is focussed on physics and engineering of nuclear power reactors as well as modelling of nuclear systems to assist policy decision making.

Dr. Jeff Skopek has been promoted to Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law.

Dr. Skopek is the Deputy Director of the Centre for Law, Medicine and Life Sciences and the is the Hughes Hall Director of Studies for the Law LLM and MCL.  

His research explores the normative and conceptual foundations of medical law, focusing in particular on controversies about the harms and benefits that are generated by medical treatment, health care systems, and biomedical research.   

Dr Jeffrey Skopek

He has recently completed several projects on privacy and anonymity and is currently working on: liability for harms caused by the use of artificial intelligence in health care; access to precision medicine in the NHS; and the painless killing of animals in research.   

He currently serves on the Health and Social Care Advisory Panel for the UK government’s Centre for Digital Ethics and Innovation and on Astra Zeneca’s Animal Welfare Ethics Review Board.   He is also an Associate Fellow at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence. 

He previously taught at Harvard Law School, where he was a research fellow at the Petrie-Flom Centre for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics. During this time, he wrote extensively on anonymity, differentiating it from privacy in articles that reveal its importance both as a tool in the production of wide range of public goods and as a right that can be invoked against new technologies of genetic identification and surveillance. 

He has also published on the history and philosophy of genetics, animal rights, and environmental ethics.