IMS Graduate Prize

Ims graduation

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: 

Best overall performance:
  • 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 
Best dissertation (or research project):
  • 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'