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Student Competition Showcase

As part of the Chancellor's Commission we ran a series of student competitions that stimulated ideas about future roles and contributions locally and regionally. The competitions were judged by commissioners Professor Cathia Jenainati and Isaac Leigh and Commission Project Manager Jo Handford. You can see a selection of the submissions below.

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Students were asked to submit an essay of 2,000-3,000 words, on the theme: The University of Warwick – Supporting, Inspiring and Engaging a Region.

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Winner: Lara Epsley

Undergraduate: Law (European)

Feedback from judges:

This is an excellent response to the set question. It is evidence-based, well-researched and engagingly written from a personal perspective that is socially aware and politically informed. Some excellent points about creating benevolent intentions among students from as soon as they start at the university, alluding to a necessary culture shift. The recommendations may be challenging, but they set the bar high for a university like ours to offer meaningful and long-lasting interventions.

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Runner-up: Luke Blackburn

PGCE (Secondary): Chemistry

Feedback from judges:

Could this be the best quote ever: “Undergraduates are to universities what electrons are to atoms - transient, yet defining”? The author is clearly motivated by a genuine passion to engage with the topic and has ventured to create an ideal scenario in which the university becomes more accessible, more inclusive and more global. We admired the level of detail you had included in some of your suggestions, especially the use of visual stimuli and explanation. Not all of the judges agreed with the author’s aspirations to mandate that all undergraduates should learn a second language (although some did!) but appreciated the recognition that this would not be possible. We liked the mix of pragmatic and idealistic suggestions included in the essay.

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Runner-up: Giancarlo Martinez Blandino

Master of Science (by Research)

Feedback from judges:

This is a thoughtful and well-structured essay which remains focussed on its premise and offers a compelling case for the university’s strategic and practical involvement in its community. There are some errors in the writing style and grammar, but it is a strong essay.

Highly Commended: Lanre Ige, Undergraduate: Philosophy, Politics and Economics


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Students were asked to submit a photo focussing on the role of the University of Warwick in the local community.

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Winner: Alicia Chung

Undergraduate: Accounting and Finance

Photo description:

The University of Warwick offers great business opportunities to the local communities and provides a platform for educational as well as family activities.










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Winner: Avantika Jhanji

MEng Mechanical Engineering

Photo description:

Warwick Engineering Students have decided to take on a helicopter rotor head restoration project, where the students are working closely with staff at the Midland Air Museum in Coventry, to create a display for the museum. This photo shows Engineering students (in lab coats) and Volunteers from the local community moving the component, to be transported to the University, where the restoration will take place.

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Winner: Kingsley Lee

Undergraduate: Accounting and Finance

Photo description:

A day in class of a Lifelong Language Learning student.








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Winner: Luke Baker-Smith

Master of Engineering

Photo description:

This photo is taken at sunset by the lake between Bluebell and Tocil woods, so close to busy central campus however feels a world away.


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