Laura lands Carnegie award

Research student Laura Bonsall has received a prestigious award from the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland.

Research student Laura Bonsall

Laura, who has been studying for a PhD in Human Osteoarchaeology since September, has been presented with the Robertson Medal.

Carnegie Trust scholar Laura was awarded the medal for presenting the best Carnegie scholarship application in 2008.

It is the second year in succession that an Edinburgh student has won the Robertson Medal.


Laura graduated with a first-class honours degree in Archaeology from the University in 2006 and is about to graduate with distinction with a Master of Science degree in Human Osteoarchaeology.

Laura studies evidence of disease in human remains. Her research is concerned with the relationship between health status and aspects of gender and socio-economic status in Roman Britain.

Health status has so many implications for individuals and communities and the evidence of disease that can be recovered from human remains has the potential to inform us on many aspects of life in ancient populations.

Laura BonsallResearch student, School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Laura’s PhD is entitled “A biocultural perspective on the health and socio-economic status of women in two Romano-British communities”.

Carnegie Scholarships are the gold standard in Scotland for postgraduate studentships and competition for them is very intense – to be recognised as the very best across all subjects, and all Scottish universities, is truly an exceptional achievement.

Professor Tom DevineHead of the School of History, Classics and Archaeology