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Françoise Henry Memorial Medals: These two awards were established in 1988 to mark the contribution of the late Dr Françoise Henry, both as a teacher and as an historian of Irish art. Dr Henry founded the Department of the History of European Painting in the University and for many years gave the course of public lectures on the History of European Painting associated with the Purser-Griffith Scholarships. The medals will be awarded annually to the undergraduate students, (i.e. taking four modules in Art History) who take first and second place respectively in the Art History Stage 1 Examination, provided a standard of at least a GPA of 2.75 is attained.

Donal Byrne Memorial Medal: This award was established in recognition of the achievement of Dr Donal Byrne, a graduate of the University and a distinguished historian of medieval art. Dr Byrne, who died in August 1988, bequeathed his collection of books to the Françoise Henry Reading Room in the School of Art History and Cultural Policy. The medal will be awarded annually to the undergraduate student in the BA (DN520) who takes first place in the Art History Stage 2 assessment (i.e taking five Stage 2 art history modules combined: this must include the two core modules and three of the four option modules), provided a standard of at least a GPA of 3.2 is attained. In the event of a tie, the student's Stage 1 GPA would be added to the student's Stage 2 GPA. Thus the student achieving the highest combined GPA would be awarded the medal.

Purser-Griffith Medals in the History of European Painting: The Purser-Griffith Medals in the History of European Painting honour the endowment of an art history scholarship in 1934 by the artist Miss Sarah Purser and Sir John Griffith. The medals are awarded to the candidates who achieve first and second places respectively having completed the two-year Diploma in the History of European Painting. The Purser-Griffith gold medal is awarded to the student who achieves first place, with distinction, on completion of the Diploma and the silver medal to the student who achieves the second highest GPA.

Michael McCarthy Medal: This medal was established in 2004 to mark the retirement of Professor Michael McCarthy who held the chair of Art History at UCD from 1994-2004. Among his achievements was the establishment and direction of a taught MA in European and Irish architectural history. His commitment to post-graduate students is recorded in this medal which is awarded annually to the candidate who obtains the highest GPA in the taught MA in Art History programme.

Michael McCarthy Medal Winners 
2018/19 Aoife Cosgrove
2017/18 Monika Smith
2016/17 Aoife Convery
2015/16 David Archbold
2014/15 Laura Ryan
2013/14 Dorothy Redmond
2012/13 Amelie Beier & Malgorzata Dynak
2011/12 Alana Zuzak
2011 Susan Storey
2010/11 Sarah Maguire
2009/10  Padraig Edwards 
2008/09 Louis Weyhe Funder
2007/08 Ruth Musielak
2006/07 Louise Kelly
2005/06 Margaret Mary (Rita) Larkin
2004/05 Alison O'Keefe
2003/04 Sarah O'Connor

The Joan Duff/Irish Museums Trust Medal: The Joan Duff/Irish Museums Trust Medal was struck in 2019 in memory of the distinguished founder of the Irish Museums Trust, Joan Duff, who died in 2018. The Diploma in Arts Administration at UCD was inaugurated in 1986 with the support of the Irish Museums Trust. It is therefore very fitting that the IMT has produced this medal for awarding to the outstanding student of the year in the MA in Cultural Policy and Arts Management (the successor to the Diploma) some thirty years after UCD began to provide training in arts management.

Joan Duff/Irish Museums Trust Medal Winners 
2018/19 Jennifer McAndrew

  

Travel Award for Postgraduate Research: This Travel Award is open to all postgraduate students who are currently registered for either the MLitt or PhD programmes in the School of Art History & Cultural Policy. The award is to help support travel abroad to undertake primary thesis research. This award is made possible by the Purser-Griffith, Françoise Henry, and Donal Byrne trust funds.