Student dissertation success

Two undergraduate students have won awards for their dissertations from the Quaternary Research Association and Historical Geography Research Group.

Christopher Darvill (Streatham) has won the Quaternary Research Association Undergraduate Dissertation prize for his work titled 'Paleoenvironmental and Climatic Reconstruction of Late Devensian and Holocene Change in Northern Skye: A Multiproxy Approach'.

The assessors enjoyed reading Christophers work and commented:

“The dissertation is extremely comprehensive with a large volume of data and very clear and concise methodological appendices. The aims are clear and concise and the methodologies are precisely described and fully referenced. The results are equally comprehensively treated and the author has not shirked difficult issues and has attempted some very demanding analyses. Overall the work is excellent, almost publishable as it without edit and very well deserving of a share of the QRA prize.”

In his acknowledgements Christopher thanks his dissertation supervisors Richard Jones and Chris Turney, and also thanks Chris Fogwill for additional support and notes that 'the advice and guidance of Sue Franklin and Angela Elliott was invaluable, as was the help of Claire Twiddle and Mark Grosvenor'.

Rory Hill (Tremough) has won the Historical Geography Research Group (RGS-IBG) Undergraduate Dissertation prize for his work titled 'Circuits of capital: placing the end of Francophone Methodism in Jersey, 1900-1950'. This was an extraordinary piece of work, of a standard far exceeding many Masters dissertations and worthy of publication.

Simon Naylor was gratefully acknowledged by Rory as his supervisor and also noted the support of Catherine Leyshon and Michael Leyshon.

Congratulations to both Christopher and Rory.

Date: 28 February 2011

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