UWTSD graduates receive scholarships for outstanding academic work.


Students at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s, Lampeter campus are graduating today with a number also receiving scholarships for outstanding academic work.

Enrique Zagari from Buenos Aires, Argentina has won the MA Cultural Astronomy and Astrology Alumni Association Dissertation Prize for his work of originality and scholarship which deals with the construction of meaning in relation to the discovery of new planets in the nineteenth century. Associate Professor, Dr Nick Campion, Principal Lecturer in Cosmology and Culture and Director of the Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology and Centre said: “Enrique is a student of great intellectual maturity who has produced an original dissertation which merits publication.”

Jessica Heim, from Minneapolis, USA, has won The Chrissy Philp MA Cultural Astronomy and Astrology History of Astrology Prize for an essay comparing the astrological theories of the Renaissance scholar Marsilio Ficino and the astronomer Johannes Kepler. Dr Nick Campion, said “Jessica’s winning essay was erudite and meticulous.  She is one of our most hard-working and dedicated students who may have a great future in academic research”.

Jon McLeod, 49, from Preston who graduated with a high distinction in the MA in Celtic received the Silvan Evans Memorial Award. Course Director, Professor Jane Cartwight said: “Jon worked hard to learn Welsh during the course of his MA despite living and working near Blackpool.  He achieved very high marks in all of his modules and excelled in his studies relating to medieval Welsh literature. He wrote an original and innovative thesis entitled: 'Re-inventing Rhydderch Hael: history, myth and hagiography from the Old North' in which he provided a critical examination of the sources relating to Rhydderch Hael, a sixth-century ruler of the Brythonic kingdom of Allt Clud in what is now south-west Scotland. The endurance of Rhydderch Hael's name and his appearance in later medieval literature provided writers in Wales with an important political connection to the 'Old North' and various writers re-invented Rhydderch for their own contemporary political purposes.”

Hillary Fazzari, 28 from Chehali in America, also graduated with a high distinction in the MA in Celtic Studies and received the Rev Thomas Jones Creaton Prize.  Professor Jane Cartwright commented, “Every assignment completed by Hillary was a pleasure to read. A professional editor, working in America, Hillary wrote with genuine flair and remarkable eloquence. Her MA thesis on 'Edward as Arthur, Arthur as Edward' shed new light on the chivalric, Arthurian-styled propaganda employed by Edward III during his reign.  His court became the meeting place of governance and romance known for grand feasts, jousts and tournaments, as well as the Order of the Garter, and Edward actively cultivated an Arthurian image to promote his kingdom's interests.”

Arthur Halfhide, BA, aged 22, from Nairn in the Scottish Highlands received the Professor Daniel Dawson Memorial Prize for History.  Arthur has contributed fully to both the academic and pastoral life of the Lampeter Campus. Dr Lester Mason, Programme Director, said “Arthur has consistently produced work of a very high standard, and is a hardworking and popular student representative. He is an intelligent, amiable and mature young man and has been a pleasure to teach”.

Medieval History graduate, Matthew Lloyd, BA, 21, from Shrewsbury received the Revd F.J.T. David Memorial Prize in History for the high standard of his work. Dr Lester Mason said “Matthew has quietly gone about his work over his time at Lampeter, producing material of a  high standard at each level ; this was particularly evident with his third-year Dissertation on 'Organised Crime in North America', which was a pleasure to read”. 

Yvonne Herbert, from Cynwyl Elfed was awarded The Helen McCormak-Turner Postgraduate Memorial Scholarship.  Dr Lester Mason, Programme Director, said “Yvonne has proved a dedicated and hardworking student throughout her time at Lampeter and has produced work of a very high order, and this has been maintained at Integrated Masters level. Yvonne has proved an intelligent and able student.” Yvonne said: “I started on the Gateway project before moving on to do the degree course and without that, I don’t think I would ever have been able to do the course, it was fantastic. I also couldn’t have coped without the teaching staff, they were so friendly and knowledgeable. They made it a joy to do!”

Sean Strong, 21, from Aylesbury Buckinghamshire, received the Keith Hopwood Prize for his contribution to life for the Lampeter, and for his hard work as a student representative”. Sean said: “I was ecstatic when I heard that I had won. My time at Lampeter has been brilliant, the teachers are so generous with their time and with their knowledge, I’ll be forever indebted to them! The close nature of the university just drew me in, it just nurtured me, it was a wonderful experience.”

Alexandra Redfearn, 22, from Skipton North Yorkshire, received the Helen McCormack-Turner Memorial Prize for outstanding achievement in the area of medieval history or studies. Alex said: “It’s been amazing! The university is great, really friendly and the teaching staff can’t do enough for you.”

Eleanor Watson, 20, from Wakefield, West Yorkshire, received the Carl Lofmark Memorial Award, which is presented to a second-year student in recognition of outstanding achievement in the area of medieval history of medieval studies.  Dr Lester Mason said: “Eleanor contributes fully to the life of the campus, and is an enthusiastic and hardworking student”.   

Jack Elliot was graduating with a BA Ancient Civilisations. He was also awarded the Classics Prize. Jack said: “It’s been a great three years, I’ve enjoyed ever second of it. I was encouraged to reach above and beyond, it was incredible.”

Lucinda Walker was awarded the Helen MacCormack-Turner Undergraduate Memorial Scholarship. Lucinda studied BA Anthropology and during her time at university, she has visited Zimbabwe twice. She is now a Trustee for Love Zimbabwe, a charity registered in Wales that works with local communities in Zimbabwe to promote fair trade and sustainable development. Lucinda said: “I’ve loved my time here, the lectures were really lively. Because it’s a smaller university you have time to have one to one time with lecturers, who are so knowledgeable in their fields.”

Olivia Berry was joint recipient of the Keith Hopwood Prize. She said: “I’ve really enjoyed my time at Lampeter. The atmosphere is just wonderful, I felt as if I was an equal with my lecturers and I just think it is a great experience.” During her time at university, Olivia was involved with many student engagement events and taster days for prospective students. She said: “I couldn’t believe it when I was given this award, it’s such an honour.” Olivia is going on to start a masters course in UCL in London this autumn.

As well as these, Kenny Lewis, received the undergraduate prize for Anthropology and Oliver Parker was awarded the Professor Alan MacFarlane and Sarah Harrison Prize for Anthropology. 

During the second of the day’s ceremonies Naomi Pink was awarded the Revd Principal Maurice Jones Prize for Greek and the Classics Dissertation Prize, Ruth Baker received the English Prize for the best second year student, Phillip Brindley received the David Lewis Divinity Prize, Beth-Anna Varley received the Anthony Dyson Prize for English, Jonathon Woodruff received the Joint Advisory Board for Islamic Studies Prize and Philip Findlay received the Confucius Institute Prize for Best Undergraduate Dissertation in Chinese Studies.