On Wednesday 17 October 2012, the School of Languages & Social Sciences held a well-attended prize-giving ceremony to present three prestigious prizes: the University’s Gwen Kingston Memorial Prize (for best first year undergraduate Aston University student whose first language is not English), the inaugural Da In Lee Memorial Prize (awarded to a second year LSS student for outstanding community engagement activities) and four inaugural Santander Prizes (for the best students on the University Wide Language Programme).
Recipients and nominees for the prizes attended the reception, with family members and friends as guests; and the staff who nominated them introduced them with a few words about why they had been recommended as worthy recipients. Representatives of Santander, sponsors for the UWLP prizes, also participated in the ceremony.
The Gwen Kingston Prize was awarded by Professor Pam Moores OBE, Executive Dean, LSS, to Kalina Todorova (BSc Politics with International Relations). Another nominee, Ariane Maixandeau (BSc Politics with International Relations), was also present, and was commended and congratulated alongside her.
The Da In Lee Prize was awarded in absentia to Kamalpreet Singh (BSc European Studies and Sociology). Two other nominees who were able to attend, Jayne Reilly (BSc Sociology) and Hannah Swallow (BSc English Language) were also commended and congratulated.
The Santander Prizes were awarded by Michael Wilson and Seema Sandhu, of Santander, to:
Hanifa Rahman (BSc English Language & Psychology) – Study Abroad Prize
Mindaulas Vaiciulis (BSc International Business & Economics), Bozhana Deneva (BSc/MPharm Pharmacy), Radina Simeonova (BSc International Business & Economics) – free UWLP tuition.
Words by Carol Marley
9 November 2012