We are delighted to announce that on Friday 6th July at the Association of Security Consultants (ASC) dinner at the House of Lords, Dan Husbands won the Imbert Dissertation Prize against competition from 5 other universities. His 2017 masters dissertation ‘The Sisters of Sham: An Analysis of the Role of Women in ISIL and their complicity in violence’ was praised by the ASC judges for the striking originality of its insights. Director Tim Wilson commented: ‘Dan’s dissertation was a huge achievement that directly advanced our understanding of why women might join ISIL: a phenomenon that has all too frequently been sensationalised and trivialised. My warmest congratulations go to him, as well as to his supervisor Dr Bernhard Blumenau. We are grateful to ASC for recognising the worth of St Andrews postgraduate research at its very best.