Five students shortlisted in Undergraduate Awards

Five students from the University have been shortlisted for this year’s Undergraduate Awards.

The awards set out to identify excellent students through their undergraduate coursework in order to encourage them to reach their full potential. This year, around 5,000 pieces of coursework were submitted for review by a judging panel, which have now been shortlisted into subject categories.

The awards are now open on an international level, making it even more of an achievement to have five students from Leeds in the running for the awards. The University's students include:

Matthew Warboys (Year 4, School of Politics & International Studies). Matthew is highly commended in the Economics category out of nearly 100 submissions. His essay explored the subject of What were the immediate causes of the 1974 famine in Bangladesh?

Tanya Millett (2014 Graduate, School of Politics and International Studies). Highly commended in the Politics & International Relations category out of 330 submissions with her essay Why were child soldiers such a prominent feature of the violence in Sierra Leone and to what extent have efforts to rehabilitate them been successful?

Rhian Williams (2014 Graduate, School of Politics and International Studies). Highly commended in the Politics & International Relations category out of 330 submissions in total. His essay was entitled What are the analytical advantages of using a critical approach to understanding international security? Discuss with reference to a current international security challenge.

Lily Dessau (2014 Graduate, School of English). Lily is highly commended in the Literature category out of 551 total submissions. Her essay was Aestheticising the Abstract: The Self-Conscious Speaker in Percy Shelley’s Poetry.

Dominic O’Key (2014 Graduate, School of English). Dominic is highly commended in the Media & the Arts category of the awards. His submission essay Bela Tarr’s The Turin Horse: The (in)visible Animal” has been shortlisted out of 216 submissions.

Dominic, who is now studying for a Masters in Critical and Cultural theory, says: “It’s nice to get such a positive affirmation that my work is heading in the right direction.”

The judging panel for this year’s awards praised all the finalists, saying: “Regardless of who wins, there are serious writers and researchers in this group.”

The winners will be named the top students internationally in their respective field and receive invitations to the UA Global Summit. They will also have a chance to be published in the 2014 Undergraduate Journal.

Winners of each category will be announced on Monday 22 September and presented with their awards at the Summit in Dublin on Friday 21 November. 

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