The English Department is pleased to be able to reward our students' excellent work in the fields of Old and Middle English literature with funds endowed in memory of Phyllis Hodgson. Phyllis Hodgson (1909-2000) was Professor of Medieval Literature at Bedford College, before it merged with Royal Holloway. She was an important editor of Middle English texts, especially the works associated with the Cloud of Unknowing for the Early English Text Society and the influential students' edition of Chaucer's Franklin's Tale for Cambridge University Press. She taught a generation of influential medievalists, including Elizabeth Salter, Stanley Hussey, and David Burnley.
A prize of £50 is available for exceptional achievement in one of our BA courses on Old or Middle English literature (Pre-conquest English I, Pre-conquest English II, Tolkien's Roots, Medieval Arthurian Literature, Middle English Poetry, Medieval Drama, Medieval Dream and Vision, Medieval Epic and Romance, Reading Beowulf, Beowulf and the Critics, The Gawain Poet, Special Author: Chaucer). For more on these courses consult our Options Booklet.
A prize of £100 is available for excellent work done on the MA in Medieval Studies, either for courses or for the dissertation, in the fields of Old or Middle English literature.
A prize of £200-£300 is available for excellent PhD work on Old or Middle English literature, either in the form of a conference paper or an article submitted to a journal or other publication.
Students following the BA or MA degrees will automatically be considered for awards. PhD students should submit drafts of their papers to Dr Jenny Neville in the Department of English by 31 March.
Current holder of Phylis Hodgson Bursary: Martha Baldon
Current holder of Phylis Hodgson Prize: Katie Willis