Image: Some of the graduates of the 2013-2014 class with the staff of the IMS and School of History. L-R: Jena Carvana, Laurence Wright, Prof. Emilia Jamroziak, Prof. Graham Loud, Prof. Julia Barrow and Elizabeth Linville
The Institute for Medieval Studies awards the Robert L. Thomson Prize (named after a distinguished former Reader in Celtic at the University of Leeds) to the finest MA graduates each year in the following areas:
- Best overall performance in MA in Medieval Studies
- Best overall performance in the MA in Medieval History
- Best MA dissertation
The recent recipients are:
- 2015-16: Jack Litchfield (Medieval Studies) and Edmund Nelson (Medieval History)
- 2014-15: Dongwon Esther Kim
- 2013-14: Jonah Bomgaars
- 2012-13: Erica Simonitis
- 2011-12: Catalin Taranu
- 2010-11: Kathryn Maude
- 2009-10: Ben Hardy
- 2008-09: Stephen Werronen
- 2015-16: Edmund Nelson: Conceptualising the Socio-political Functions of Burgundian Passages of Arms: Politics,
Identity and Fantasy
- 2014-15: Dongwon Esther Kim, 'Something Looms: Weaving and the Vita Mixta of Observant Nuns in Two Dominican Convents in Franconia'
- 2013-14: Jonah Bomgaars, 'The Use of Oared Warships in Northern Waters, 1200-1500'; and Laurence Wright, 'A Study of the Geographical Conceptions of Late Medieval English Pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela'
- 2012-13: Elisabetta Krawczyk, 'The Iconography of the Decoration of Italian Armour'
- 2011-12: Marina Viallon, 'The War and Tournament Saddle in the Middle Ages, 12th-16th Centuries'
- 2010-11: Kathryn Maude, 'Female Virgins in Aelfric's Saints' Lives'; and Joanna Phillips, 'The Experience of Sickness and its Treatment at the Siege of Acre, 1189-91'
- 2009-10: James Hill, 'The Catalogus Baronum and the Recruitment and Administration of the Armies of the Norman Kingdom of Sicily'
- 2008-09: Stephen Werronen, 'The Ripon Minster and the Scottish Raids, 1318-1322'