23 August 2011
Thora Hands is studying for an MSc in Health History
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: