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Scholarly recognition

15 Awst 2007

A Cardiff University postgraduate student has won an international prize for her research into the English novelist, short story writer, and poet Thomas Hardy.

Jessica Webb, Cardiff School of English, Communication and Philosophy, received the $1,000 (£500) Robert C. Schweik Memorial Award at the Thomas Hardy conference at Yale University.

The award, in memory of the distinguished Thomas Hardy scholar Professor Schweik, was established to encourage new students to conduct research in the field and support their attendance at the conference.

Jessica said: "It was a huge honour to be presented with an award in memory of such a well-respected scholar. Attending the Hardy at Yale 2007 conference has undoubtedly influenced my future research into this author and his work."

Jessica delivered her winning paper ‘Religion, Sorcery and Suffering Men’ examining witchcraft in Thomas Hardy’s novel Jude the Obscure at the conference.

Professor Martin Coyle, Cardiff School of English, Communication and Philosophy said: "This is an outstanding achievement by a young scholar. Jess financed the trip herself and obviously her paper deeply impressed the Yale audience and has brought considerable credit to Cardiff. We are delighted for her."

In further success for postgraduates at Cardiff School of English, Communication and Philosophy, Kate Watson was awarded an 'Australian Bicentennial Scholarship' of £1,500 from the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, King's College London, to visit Australian libraries. Meanwhile Kara Tennant was awarded a runner-up prize for the Neila and Candadai Seshachari Faculty Convention Travel Grant, awarded by the Rocky Mountains Modern Language Association.