UG Stephanie Kirby awarded essay prize for Groundings Ancients

GA vol2 (2)Fourth-year mediaeval history student Stephanie Kirby has been awarded a prize of £100 for the best essay published in the second volume of the recently-founded undergraduate journal Groundings Ancients. The journal, which publishes the writings of arts and humanities undergraduates from across the four ancient universities of Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, and St Andrews, is peer-reviewed by an editorial panel undergraduates and advisory board of established academics. Stephanie’s article, ‘Vassals or Vikings?: Orkney’s identity in the changing Norwegian world’, which was adapted from an essay written for Dr Alex Woolf’s special subject, ‘Norway in Saga Times’ (ME4755), was voted top out of 12 articles published this year.

This is St Andrews’ (and the School of History’s) second success in the annual competition, with Hazel Blair, now a fourth-year, receiving the same award last year for her article on ‘The end of time in sixth century Francia: Bishop Gregory of Tours’ Histories’ . This year Hazel was on the undergraduate editorial board of Groundings Ancients.

Stephanie KirbyThe journal, an inter-varsity off-shoot of the University of Glasgow’s own undergraduate arts journal, Groundings, is published both electronically and in print form, and is deposited in all four of the participating universities’ libraries, in addition to the British Library, the National Libraries of Scotland and Wales, the Bodleian Library, the Cambridge University Library, and the library of Trinity College Dublin. The second volume – and Stephanie’s article – is freely available online.

Each year the responsibility for the journal is headed by one of the four universities. The inaugural year saw the University of Glasgow at the helm, whilst the University of Aberdeen led the current issue. However, academics from across the four universities are involved throughout the process; Dr Bernhard Struck, of the St Andrews School of History, is one of the journal’s twelve academic advisory board members.

Stephanie is currently completing her joint-honours degree in Arabic and Mediaeval History, and plans to undertake a postgraduate qualification in Scandinavian Studies after finishing her undergraduate course.

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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