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July graduation ceremony - Celebrating the Class of 2019

Prize winners Sophi Noble and Alena Chetwynd Martin Chainey

Lindsay Chaplin

23 July 2019

There was a fantastic turn out yesterday for the pre-graduation celebrations held in the School for Policy gardens. Soon-to-be graduates and their families mingled in the sunshine with academic staff and alumni from past cohorts for several hours before heading off to receive their degrees at the iconic Wills Memorial building.

During the garden party, prizes were also awarded in recognition of excellence in both academic study and extra-curricular activities.

2019 prize winners:

3rd year prize for the best dissertation for 2019 (Social Policy) – Noah Wescombe

Noah's Dissertation was entitled "Tailoring policy for the parched and precarious: water welfare, social need and governance." which the markers felt was "beautifully written" and "of post-graduate quality."

3rd year prize for the Best Dissertation for 2019 (Childhood Studies) – Holly Bradley

Entitled "An exploration into how art therapy might support communication in children who have Austism Spectrum Disorder." The external examiner said Holly’s final year project was "outstanding" and a "joy to read." 

Citizenship prize in recognition of outstanding contribution to university life or the wider community (Social Policy) - Hillary Gyebi-Ababio

 Programme Director for Social Policy, Dr Geentanjali Gangoli said; “Hilary has been an exceptional student, combining her skills to enable widening participation within the university, and has been elected as elected Chair of the Widening Participation Network representing the interests of underrepresented group in Higher Education. She has also held the position of Undergraduate Education Officer, and as part of this role, worked to represent the academic interests of over 20,000 undergraduate Students at the university.”

Citizenship prize in recognition of outstanding contribution to university life or the wider community (Childhood Studies) - Alena Chetwynd

During her time on the course, Alena committed to many and varied voluntary activities within her local community including (but not limited to) raising money for Medics Without Borders, mentoring refugee children (Student Action for Refugees) and raising awareness of mental health topics within secondary schools (Black Dog Project). Earlier in the year, Elena also took part in The Social Innovation Programme - in partnership with Bristol Hub and Burges & Salmon - to devise a new evidence-based mental health project targeting 16-21-year olds.

Lindsay Chaplin memorial prize

This prize is awarded to commemorate the life of Lindsay Chaplin (BSc (Hons) Childhood Studies with Quantitative Research Methods, 2014-2018).

Lindsay was an outstanding student whose passion and commitment to the study of childhood was an inspiration to staff and students alike. Lindsay embraced every opportunity she had to learn and to develop her skills and knowledge, and shared that knowledge with others with enthusiasm, kindness and great joy. This prize has been established in Lindsay’s honour and is awarded to candidates who have demonstrated a similar passion and engagement with quantitative study during their time in the School for Policy Studies.

Of the award, Lindsay’s family said, "Lindsay hugely enjoyed studying at the University of Bristol, and the degree gave her so much. The Childhood Studies with Quantitative Research Methods course brought her many challenges which she joyfully embraced, allowing her to learn and grow, as well as her confidence and self-belief to blossom. She greatly appreciated the support from her tutors and lecturers, as well as the company and friendship of her fellow students. All of Lindsay's family and friends are so proud of what she achieved and so grateful and delighted to hear of the award in her name. She would have loved that she will be remembered by an award recognising, and in support of, a fellow student, for their enthusiasm and enjoyment of learning. Sincere thanks to everyone."  

Lindsay Chaplin Memorial Prize winner - Sophi Noble, BSc Social Policy with Quantitative Research Methods 

Dr Gangoli commented, “Sophi has shown great passion to the subject of social policy and has been particularly interested in looking at how injustice and social inequality can be understood and challenged. Her dissertation addressed this in the context of gender-based violence.”

Congratulations to the Class of 2019. We wish you all well in your future endeavours. Stay in touch!

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