- Welcome to all of our new students! The Head of Department from October 1 2006 is Dr Judy Quinn and the new Director of Graduate Studies is Dr Máire Ní Mhaonaigh.
- Dr Natasha Hodgson joins the Department as the new Post-Doctoral Research Officer for the Prosopography of Anglo-Saxon England project (PASE).
- Dr Kaarina Hollo joins the Department as a part time lecturer for the Teaching in Modern Irish lanaguage programme. The course is funded by a generous donation from the Department of Community Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Dublin.
- Congratulations to Ellie Barraclough (MPhil) for winning the 2006 Margaret Orme Prize awarded by the Viking Society for Northern Research for the best student work in Old Norse in the UK and Ireland.
- Congatulations to Erik Niblaeus (former student) who was awarded the 2006 English Members' Prize for his MPhil performance.
- Ms Vicky Cribb and Dr Gréta Björk Kristjánsdottir will be leading the additional language classes in Modern Icelandic (Wednesdays 1pm-2pm)
- Congratulations to Emily Lethbridge who has been awarded a Junior Research Fellowship at Emmanuel College from October 2007.
- We are pleased to announce that Mr J. P. Roed, of Tendring, Essex, has made a very generous second donation to the Department to assist with the provision of teaching in Scandinavian history in the Viking Age.
- Mr Alderick Blom (PhD student) has been appointed as a Junior Research Fellow at Girton College, effective October 2007.
- Congratulations to James Appleton (Part II student at Girton College) for coxing the Womens Cambridge team to victory over Oxford in the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race.
- Congratulations to Rebecca Dowbiggin (PhD student at Emmanuel College) for coxing the Mens Cambridge team to victory in the 153rd Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race. Rebecca was the first woman in five years to cox a Cambridge Boat.
- The 2007 Clemoes Reading Prize took place on Wednesday, 9 May in the Judith E. Wilson Drama Studio. The winners are James Lloyd (Peterhouse, second year) who read Beowulf in Old English, and Aidan Russell (Trinity College, third year) who read Tromdámh Guaire in Medieval Irish. A special recognition prize was awarded to Owain Jones (Magdalene College, second year) and Thomas O'Donnell (St. John's College, second year) who performed Ymddiddan Rhwung Cymro a Saesnes in Old English and Medieval Welsh. Congratulations to the winners and to all who took part.
- On Wednesday, 2 May the Department was visited by his Excellency, The Irish Ambassador, Mr Dáithí Ó Ceallaigh to mark the occasion of the Launch of our Modern Irish Language teaching course, which is funded by a generous grant from the The Department of Community Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. Also visiting the Department on this occasion were Dr Louis de Paor (Director of the Centre for Irish Studies, University College Galway), Professor Angela Bourke (University College Dublin and Parnell Fellow, Magdalene College, Cambridge) and members of the Cambridge Comhaltas Group.
- Congratulations to Dr Peter Stokes who has been awarded a Leverhulme
Early Career Fellowship in the Department for two years from October
2007 to work on the development and application of objective and
computer-based methods in palaeography.
ASNC in the News
- Dr Rebecca Rushforth was interviewed by Lizz Pearson at the Bodleian Library about St Margaret's Gospel-book (Oxford, Bodleian Library, lat. liturg. f. 5), which belonged to the eleventh-century Anglo-Saxon princess who married King Malcolm "Canmore" of Scotland. Dr Rushforth has recently written a book on the subject. The interview was played on BBC 4's Womens Hour on Monday 20 August 2007.