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14 June 2019

Professor Abigail Woods wins a Supervisory Excellence Award

The Head of the Department of History is awarded a Supervisory Excellence Award for her work with PhD candidates.

Image: Professor Abigail Woods, Head of the Department of History.
Image: Professor Abigail Woods, Head of the Department of History

Congratulations to Abigail Woods, Professor in the History of Human and Animal Health and Head of the Department of History who is the recipient of the 2019 Supervisory Excellence Award for the Faculty of Arts & Humanities. 

The Supervisory Excellence Awards are given by King’s College London, Centre for Doctoral Studies. During the process, Postgraduate Research Students, Heads of Departments and Faculty Deans are invited to nominate a supervisor for their outstanding work in PhD supervision.

In her role as a supervisor, Professor Woods oversees a cluster of PhD students working on different aspects of animal history. Her PhD students have successfully come together to form the Animal History Group, a London-based research network to inspire new knowledge about the place of animals within post-Enlightenment history.

I’m delighted to have won this award. PhD supervision is one of the most rewarding and enjoyable aspects of my academic life, closely followed by mentoring post-doctoral researchers and leading the Department of History. In fact, I don’t see a great deal of difference between these roles. The people concerned may be at different career stages, but the objectives are the same: to develop individuals, build communities, and advance the discipline, with benefits to the institution and the wider world. My PhD students are achieving all of this and more. I’m so proud of them and grateful that they nominated me.”

Professor Abigail Woods

Professor Woods will receive a £1,000 research grant in recognition of her exceptional work and will be presented with the award at a graduation ceremony in January 2020.

For more information about Professor Woods’ supervisory interests, please visit her staff profile.