UWS Academic Awarded ISCLR Lifetime Achievement Award

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University of the West of Scotland (UWS) former Social Science Academic and Honorary Senior Research Fellow Sandy Hobbs, has been awarded the Linda Dégh Lifetime Achievement Award 2022 from the International Society for Contemporary Legend Research (ISCLR).

The ISCLR awarded Sandy as “a good example of a living senior scholar who has made outstanding contributions to legend scholarship.”

Sandy first became interested in contemporary legends (calling them “modern folk tales”) in the early 1960s when it was not yet recognised as a field of study. He worked at first in comparative isolation but then began to participate in the Sheffield Perspectives on Contemporary Legend seminars.

Sandy Hobbs, UWS Honorary Senior Research Fellow

Moving from Jordanhill College of Education to Paisley College of Technology (now UWS) in the early 1970’s, Sandy joined as a lecturer within the Department of Applied Social Sciences. In 1997, he became a Reader at the University and in 2002 became an Honorary Research Fellow concentrating on child labour and contemporary legends. In 2011, in collaboration with Willie Thompson, Sandy published the book, Out of the Burning House, which contains accounts of their political activities in the 1950s and early 1960s.

UWS alumna Dr Seonaid Anderson who nominated Sandy said: “I am delighted that Sandy has received this Lifetime Achievement Award. As one of his many PhD students who have graduated from UWS I am very grateful to him for all his support and kindness during my studies and since.”

The Linda Dégh Lifetime Achievement Award is given to a living senior scholar who has made outstanding contributions to legend scholarship. The award includes a gift and a permanent page of ISCLR’s website devoted to the awardee’s accomplishments.

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  1. Sandy Hobbs says:

    I am delighted to have been recognised in this way by my peers, and happy that it has been thought worthy of being mentioned.. By the way, although as Dr Anderson mentions I have had many PhD students, I am not myself “Dr”. I entered academic life at a time in Britain when doctorates were not as ubiquitous as they are now.

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