I would like to thank the James Pantyfedwen Foundation for funding my MA degree in History at Swansea University. This grant has enabled me to complete my studies without any financial concerns, which has positively impacted both my studies and university experience. Most importantly, I gained a new-found confidence in my academic work as well as the assurance that my research was valued.
With the help of the Foundation, I was able to explore the construction and performance of masculinity amongst the Glamorgan gentry between 1485 and 1547 – something which had not yet been discussed academically. This research, in particular, has made me reconnect with my own history and cultural heritage as a Welshwomen. For example, in order to translate and analyse a selection of sixteenth-century Welsh poetry I actively sought to develop my Welsh language skills. This is something that I will continue to build upon going forward in my studies.
I have recently commenced an AHRC fully-funded PhD in History at Manchester Metropolitan University where I will explore the roles of Welsh and Englishwomen in warfare during the Tudor period. I believe that the high grades I gained during my MA degree – which the Pantyfedwen Foundation helped to fund – facilitated my AHRC scholarship and shaped the direction of my future research. Ultimately, my goal is to pursue a career in academia and continue to contribute to history on women, gender, and Wales.
Again, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the Foundation for believing in, and supporting, my research. I wish the Foundation the best of luck in the future and encourage other students to apply for this fantastic opportunity.