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HAHP post doctoral student awarded prestigious bursary

President of the BAIS Dr Caroline Magennis presenting the award to Abigail

Abigail Rieley, a second-year part-time doctoral student at HAHP has been awarded a prestigious postgraduate bursary by the British Association of Irish Studies. These awards are given to doctoral researchers whose research is expected to have a significant impact on the field of Irish Studies and is the major scheme of its kind in the UK.

The judges were impressed with the potential of Abigail’s thesis, The evolution of the reporting of the courts and crime: How 19th century Irish journalists reported on the courts and their country, to add to the understanding of 19th century Irish social and political history.

The international panel particularly commended the use of innovative technologies from the digital humanities.

Abigail, who is supervised by Professor Tim Hitchcock and Dr Sharon Webb of HAHP and the Sussex Humanities Lab, was presented with the award at a ceremony at the Irish embassy in London in May. The bursary will fund a research trip to Dublin this summer to complete archival research.

Abigail worked as a journalist in Ireland for almost two decades and specialised in reporting the criminal courts. She has written two books about trials she covered.

Professor Lucy Robinson, joint head of the Department of History said "It is important that cutting edge work of doctoral research gets this level recognition. Abigail is a great ambassador for the department and her supervisory team".

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By: Koyes Ahmed
Last updated: Monday, 2 July 2018