Liberal Arts Student Prizes

The Liberal Arts programme presents awards to our final year students upon graduation, recognising their achievements in the following categories:

2020

  • Best overall programme mark in the Liberal Arts BA programme: Izzie Mangan
    • This prize is awarded to the student with the highest overall programme mark at the end of their degree
  • Best overall programme mark in the MLibArts Study Abroad programme: Dan Reid and Eleanor Weller-Poley
    • This prize is awarded to the student with the highest overall programme mark at the end of their degree
  • Best overall dissertation mark: Izzie Mangan
    • This prize is awarded to the student with the highest dissertation mark across the two Liberal Arts programmes.
  • Overall outstanding citizen in Liberal Arts: Abbie Jessop
    • This prize is to recognise a student’s contribution to the Liberal Arts programme throughout their time at Bristol University.

2019

  • Best overall programme mark in the Liberal Arts BA programme: Alix Laver
    • This prize is awarded to the student with the highest overall programme mark at the end of their degree
  • Best overall programme mark in the MLibArts Study Abroad programme: Zoe Blackhouse
    • This prize is awarded to the student with the highest overall programme mark at the end of their degree
  • Best overall dissertation mark: Florence Dickinson
    • This prize is awarded to the student with the highest dissertation mark across the two Liberal Arts programmes.
  • Overall outstanding citizen in Liberal Arts: Phoebe Graham
    • This prize is to recognise a student’s contribution to the Liberal Arts programme throughout their time at Bristol University.


Phoebe Graham's Acceptance Speech for 2019 Overall Outstanding Citizen in Liberal Arts

It’s an absolute pleasure to receive this prize, and to be sharing this day with a formidable community of students. It’s just as wonderful to see the families of our Liberal Arts cohort all here today to celebrate four years of diligent and intellectual determination, even if, like my own dear mum and dad, you’re still not quite sure what Liberal Arts actually is.

But in light of this prize for citizenship, I have been thinking about what it means to be a Liberal Arts citizen today. I think we’re characterised by our willingness to cross borders, academically, geographically and personally.

We have crossed the boundaries of academic disciplines and expectations, and we have gone beyond cultural borders in our year studying abroad, all of us scattered across the globe and learning from new horizons, side-stepping to Dublin, leaping over to Utrecht and Prague, across the Atlantic to Boston and LA, my own experience underscored by the high rise of Montreal.

In this crossing of land and learning, we have opened up the limits of our islands and ourselves, growing as empathetic global citizens. 

And I believe, in a world where certain political agents are trying to build walls and harden borders between us, I think that our Liberal Arts degree is a refreshing effort to cross over these divisions and to shift the balance towards unified collaboration between disciplines, between cultures, while appreciating what makes each learner unique.

An interdisciplinary degree has allowed us to see the world that little more clearly, giving us the tools to pose the questions that have yet to be asked, and to tackle the unanswered, working within Lewis Carroll’s transformational state of ‘curiouser and curiouser.’

I consider myself honoured to be graduating today with this curious cohort who are pioneers of this educational ethos, and who are all on the cusp of taking this world by storm.

Phoebe Graham gives acceptance speech for Liberal Arts Citizenship Prize
Phoebe Graham, who received the Outstanding Citizen in Liberal Arts Prize in 2019
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