Students Staff

25 January 2019

Recipients of annual postgraduate history award announced

Filed under: Latest news — ckeitch @ 11:20 am

This year’s recipients of the Dr Philip Hills Award have been announced. The three students were awarded £500 each – Sarah Beer, Leanne Campbell and Melanie Taylor. All are Masters’ students within the Department of History.

Sarah Beer, Rachel Hills and Melanie Taylor

Sarah Beer, Rachel Hills and Melanie Taylor

The Award was established by Dr Philip Hills’ wife Rachel, and their sons Thomas and Matthew, to honour his memory and love for Essex, and is presented to postgraduate history student(s) at Masters or PhD level each year.

Mark Frost, Head of the Department of History, said: ‘‘Congratulations to Sarah, Leanne and Mel on winning the Philip Hills Award, and thank you to Rachel and the Hill family for continuing to generously support such interesting and diverse research in memory of a very much-loved and important member of our Department.”

Philip joined Essex as a mature student in 1979, graduating with a BA in History in 1982. He continued to study in the History Department, and completed a PhD in 1989. During and after his studies, he taught nineteenth-century English social history until he left in 1997. He was involved in the Local History Centre, took on a role as an external examiner at the University of East Anglia and taught for Cambridge University Extramural Department.

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