Dillwyn Medal

I’ve had to sit on this news for over a month, which was really hard, but I can finally tell everyone that last night I was awarded the Dillwyn Medal by the Learned Society of Wales for Outstanding Early Career Research in the Creative Arts and Humanities. I am so thrilled and honoured to receive it, and I understand that the Society received a high number of amazing submissions from researchers across the UK who were eligible for the award. It is wonderful to have one’s research recognised in this way. Later in the year/early next year, I will be giving a public lecture on my research as part of this award, so there is more to follow.

I just want to say thanks to Prof. Siwan Davies and Prof. Dave Clarke for nominating me, as well as our head of college (yes, in science, for an arts and humanities medal), and to my two human geography referees who must have provided me with amazing references! Not sure if it is appropriate to name you, so won’t, but thanks. Also, I wouldn’t have received this without all the artists I’ve worked with over the years, so thanks to all of you too – wherever you are in the world.

My colleagues have commented on how massive and shiny the medal is! It is also really heavy. I can’t see a way of wearing it but have been told that I should wear it when lecturing, at meetings etc Ali G style.

Some photos below.

Amanda Rogers & EJP

Official photo of me and Sir Emyr Jones Parry.


Me and my medal.

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Sir Emyr Jones Parry presented me with my award.


The medal. See – shiny, heavy, massive. Not possible to wear.


Siwan – who nominated me and is always pushing me to apply for things – came which was really nice.


Dinner at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama