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May 2015

Manchester Enterprise Centre student essay competition

(14 May 2015)

Students from across Humanities were invited to write an essay on philanthropy and charitable giving for the Manchester Enterprise Centre (MEC) and the Zochonis Charitable Trust (ZCT)’s inaugural essay competition.

And SoSS student James Griffiths scooped the prize of £750 for his entry.

Lynn Sheppard, MEC Director, said: “The aim was for this to be a ‘thought-piece’ around philanthropy, providing new perspectives but most importantly addressing how ‘giving’ can deliver impact and ‘make a real difference’.”

A shortlist of 10 essays was selected and the final three were chosen by a panel, which included Matthew Jefferies, Professor of German History and Assistant Associate Dean for Teaching, Learning and Students in Humanities, and Julian Skyrme, Director of Social Responsibility.

Nigel Green, Trustee of the Zochonis Charitable Trust, announced the winners at an awards lunch for all 10 finalists. He said: “Having worked with a large number of charities over the years, we read the top 10 essays with considerable interest and would like to congratulate sincerely all the entrants for their creativity of thought, use of sources and overall passion towards their individual charitable focuses.

“I would like to pay particular praise to the two runners up for the radical thinking shown and the winner for the detailed research. We congratulate the worthy winner – James Griffiths – it has been a pleasure to have been exposed to all your thinking and ideas.”

James, a BA (Hons) Politics, Philosophy and Economics student, was presented with £750 for his essay entitled ‘Imagine that you have £5,000,000 to distribute to ‘good causes’ and charities in the UK and/or overseas.  Which ‘good causes’ would you give to, and why? How would you ensure that the recipients were able to maximise your gift?'.

Second prize was awarded to Ella Whitby, BSc (Hons) Geography student, whose would use charitable money to help abolish risks of long-term homelessness for single people between the ages of 21 and 45. Third prize was awarded to BSc (Hons) Information Technology Management for Business students, Mariah Sowa and Lauren Haynes-Ranger, who said they would give the money to Manchester Street Angels (MSA).