Carnegie PhD Scholar awarded Robertson Medal

On Monday 19th March, Jonathan Triffitt, PhD Scholar in History at the University of St Andrews received the Robertson Medal for academic year 2017-18

Jonathan Triffitt and Ed Weeple

The silver medal is awarded each year to the Scholarship candidate judged to be the most outstanding for that year’ competition. The medal was introduced in 2003 to mark the contribution of the retiring Chairman of the Trust, Sir Lewis Robertson, who served the Trust for over 40 years.

About this year’s recipient

Jonathan is originally from Skipton in North Yorkshire and read German and modern history at the University of St Andrews, spending his third year at the University of Bonn in Germany. As an undergraduate he appeared on the Deans’ List in each year of his degree and was awarded a Principal’s Scholarship for Academic Excellence. He then took a master’s degree in history at the University of Edinburgh before returning to St Andrews to begin his doctorate.

Jonathan’s project investigates the regional implications of the collapse of the German monarchical system at the end of the First World War. In little over a fortnight in November 1918, centuries of royal rule and tradition were overthrown by revolution; with a focus on the territories and dynasties of Hesse, Bavaria, and W├╝rttemberg, Jonathan will determine princely, popular, and political responses to this dramatic upheaval and the consequences it had for the first German republic.

“It was a great surprise and delight to be awarded the Robertson Medal by the Carnegie Trust. I had the fortune last month to meet with other scholars supported by the Trust and was struck by the incredible diversity and ingenuity of their research; to have been chosen from such an impressive cohort is a great honour. I am very grateful for the Trust’s encouragement of my project and hope its mission to further research and education continues long into the future.”