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Diana Sofronieva

 January 22, 2016 | Simon Jenkins

Support from a donor enabled Bulgarian-born Diana Sofronieva to study for her PhD at the internationally-renowned Inter Disciplinary Ethics Applied centre at the University of Leeds.

Diana, who came to Leeds after completing a four-year Masters Degree in Physics and Philosophy at Oxford, is conducting research which blends psychology and business studies to examine the role of empathy in the lives of businesses and organisations. She will examine what is needed to ‘cultivate’ a virtuous person, especially a leader and what role should empathy play in how they behave?

Diana admits that progressing on to doctoral study would have been impossible without her scholarship. “I am so grateful for this support,” she says. Leeds is the perfect place for my research.”

Diana Sofronieva