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November 2016

Humanities students’ achievements at Undergraduate Awards

(18 November 2016)

Natalia Beghin, an exchange student who completed units within the Schools of Social Sciences and Arts, Languages and Cultures last year, has won the Politics & International Relations prize at the Undergraduate Awards, the world’s largest international academic awards programme. The award was for her paper about power structures, which used feminist theory to outline why establishing empathy for others makes it more difficult to commit violence against them. 

An additional seven Humanities students who completed their studies in June 2016 were highly commended, putting them in the top 10% of submissions. They were: 

School of Social Sciences

  • Ryan George, BA (Econ)        
  • Esther Olarewaju, BA (Econ)
  • Ria Basu, BA (Econ) and is currently studying MSc Finance
  • Robert McCall BSc Economics and is currently studying MSc Economics
  • Rosie Nolan, BSc Economics 

School of Environment, Education and Development

  • Bethany Ryan, BA English Language for Education, currently studying MA Educational Leadership 

School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

  • Robin Trenbath, BA Politics & Modern History 

The Undergraduate Awards recognise excellent research and original work across the sciences, humanities, business and creative arts. They are the ultimate champion of high-potential undergraduates. This year there were over 5,000 entries from undergraduates in 244 institutions and 121 nations. The ‘Global Winner’ award won by Natalia is given for the highest-performing paper within its category. 

Natalia said: “I came to Manchester because my grandmother is an alumna - she studied medicine there in the 1940s, and I wanted to have the privilege to say we studied at the same institution. I really enjoyed my time at Manchester, and am hugely grateful for the opportunities I had there.” 

The papers were submitted as part of the University's ‘Learning through Research’ project, which aims to equip students with skills they can use in their everyday lives through the use of research methodology.