Student achieves prestigious research award

23 August 2011

Thora Hands is studying for an MSc in Health History

Thora Hands is studying for an MSc in Health History

Award’s a Wellcome one
A GCU student has successfully applied for a prestigious Wellcome Trust Master’s Award. Thora Hands, who graduated with a First Class Honours in her first degree, will use the award to support her MSc in Health History at the university. 
She is joined by a select group of scholars from across the country, including the University of Cambridge, University of Warwick and Imperial College London. 
Says Thora: "I am absolutely delighted to have won the Wellcome Trust Master's Award. I now have the opportunity to further my studies in health history, and to pursue my research interests in the historical treatment and management of alcoholism and substance misuse in Scotland. I am also very pleased to be continuing my studies at GCU."
The awards were introduced to support exceptional students in undertaking basic training in research and methods through a one-year Master's course in the History of Medicine or Medical Humanities. They include all compulsory university and college fees, as well as the student's stipend.
Professor John Stewart, Director of the Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare comments: “We’re very proud of Thora, who has just successfully completed a BA (Hons) in Social Sciences here at GCU and we look forward to welcoming her on the Masters programme.  Special thanks are due to my colleague, Dr Janet Greenlees, who gave Thora lots of useful help and advice with her Wellcome application.”
Professor John Wilson, Executive Dean of the Glasgow School for Business and Society, adds: “Sincere congratulations to Thora on achieving this very prestigious and highly competitive award. It is a huge achievement and also reflects and reinforces the excellence of the Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare.”
The competition aims to identify the research leaders of tomorrow, with strong preference given to applicants intending to make a long-term academic career in the subject.
Universities were invited to nominate one candidate accepted onto a History of Medicine or Medical Humanities Master's programme and the applications were assessed by committee.
Winning the Wellcome Master’s Trust Award were:
Alastair Cliff, University of Cambridge 
Russell Moul, Imperial College London 
Katherine Forrest, Centre for the History of Medicine, University of Glasgow 
Natalie Paris, Queen Mary, University of London 
Louise Laxton, University of Warwick 
Joanna Lunt, University of York 
Kayleigh Nias, University of Exeter 
Thora Hands, Glasgow Caledonian University
Charlotte Kuhlbrandt, Centre for History in Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine 
Julia Dahlkamp, Centre for the Humanities and Health, King's College London 
Anneka Hickey, Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland, University College Dublin.

A GCU student has successfully applied for a prestigious Wellcome Trust Master’s Award.

Thora Hands, who graduated with a First Class Honours in her first degree, will use the award to support her MSc in Health History at the university. 

The awards enable exceptional students to undertake basic training in research through a one-year Master's course in the History of Medicine or Medical Humanities. It covers all compulsory university and college fees, as well as the student's stipend.

Thora is joined by a select group of scholars from across the country, including the University of Cambridge, University of Warwick and Imperial College London. 

She said: "I am absolutely delighted to have won the Wellcome Trust Master's Award. I now have the opportunity to further my studies in health history, and to pursue my research interests in the historical treatment and management of alcoholism and substance misuse in Scotland. I am also very pleased to be continuing my studies at GCU."

Professor John Stewart, Director of the Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare said: “We’re very proud of Thora, who has just successfully completed a BA (Hons) in Social Sciences here at GCU and we look forward to welcoming her on the Masters programme.  Special thanks are due to my colleague, Dr Janet Greenlees, who gave Thora lots of useful help and advice with her Wellcome application.”

Professor John Wilson, Executive Dean of the Glasgow School for Business and Society, added: “Sincere congratulations to Thora on achieving this very prestigious and highly competitive award. It is a huge achievement and also reflects and reinforces the excellence of the Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare.”

The competition aims to identify the research leaders of tomorrow, with strong preference given to applicants intending to make a long-term academic career in the subject.

Universities were invited to nominate one candidate accepted onto a History of Medicine or Medical Humanities Master's programme and the applications were assessed by committee.

Full list of Wellcome Master’s Trust Award winners:

  • Alastair Cliff, University of Cambridge 
  • Russell Moul, Imperial College London 
  • Katherine Forrest, Centre for the History of Medicine, University of Glasgow 
  • Natalie Paris, Queen Mary, University of London 
  • Louise Laxton, University of Warwick 
  • Joanna Lunt, University of York 
  • Kayleigh Nias, University of Exeter 
  • Thora Hands, Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Charlotte Kuhlbrandt, Centre for History in Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine 
  • Julia Dahlkamp, Centre for the Humanities and Health, King's College London 
  • Anneka Hickey, Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland, University College Dublin
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