UG Hazel Blair awarded essay prize by Groundings Ancients

Groundings Ancients

Third-year honours Mediaeval History student Hazel Blair has been awarded the prize for the best essay published in the new undergraduate journal Groundings Ancients. The prize was judged by the academic advisory board of the journal, made up of academic staff of the four ancient universities of Scotland. Hazel was awarded the prize by Sir Kenneth Calman, Chancellor of Glasgow University, and presented with a cheque at the launch of the journal at the University of Glasgow last week.


Groundings Ancients, which is an offshoot of the Glasgow University undergrad journal Groundings, chooses twelve undergraduate arts and humanities essays to be published in each issue, three each from the universities of Glasgow, Edinburgh, St Andrews and Aberdeen.

Hazel’s article is called ‘The end of time in sixth century Francia: Bishop Gregory of Tours’ Histories’ and was written for Dr James Palmer’s honours module ME3232 Mediaeval Apocalyptic Traditions c.400 – c.1200 in semester 1 of 2012-13.

The journal and Hazel’s article can be accessed online on the Groundings Ancients website or in hard copy at the British Library and the University of Glasgow’s Library and Archives, The Bodleian, Cambridge, the National Libraries of Scotland and Wales, and Trinity College Dublin.

The academic advisory board of Groundings Ancients includes the School of History’s Dr Bernhard Struck.

In summer 2013 Hazel will take up an Undergraduate Research Internship awarded by the University of St Andrews and to be supervised by Dr Katie Stevenson.

About standrewshistory
With over forty fulltime members of staff researching and teaching on European, American and Asian history from the dawn of the Middle Ages to the present day, the School of History at the University of St Andrews has one of the finest faculty and diverse teaching programmes of any School of History in the English speaking world. The School boasts expertise in Mediaeval and Modern History, from Scotland to Byzantium and the Americas to South Asia. Thematic interests include religious history, urban history, transnationalism, historiography and nationalism. The School of History prides itself on small group teaching, allowing for in-depth study and supervision tailored to secure the best from each student. Cutting edge research combined with teaching excellence offer a dynamic and intellectually stimulating environment for the study of History.

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