We’re incredibly proud of the achievements of our students, and in March we weren’t the only people to notice them as a number of our students received awards and national recognition.

Firstly, BGU History student, Abigail White, was been nominated for a nationally recognised competition for outstanding MA thesis in History.

Abigail’s work entitled: ‘To what extent did the School Boards contribute to changes in teacher training colleges, 1890-1912? The case of Lincoln Diocesan Training College.’ explored the educational history of Lincoln Diocesan Training College (as BGU was once known) and made exceptional use of the University’s own library and archives. Focusing on the Training College it evaluates why teacher training colleges experienced change in the 1890s and into the twentieth century.

Following its publication, Abigail’s dissertation was been nominated for the Rees Davies Prize for an outstanding Master’s Thesis, an award which commemorates former Royal Historical Society President and distinguished medieval scholar, Professor Sir Rees Davies (1938-2005).

The prize is awarded for the best Master’s dissertation submitted by a UK institution of Higher Education. You can read more about Abigail, and her inspiration by clicking here.

In addition to Abigail’s success, our Enactus team headed to the head offices of Arla Foods in Leeds to compete in the regional Enactus finals.

Enactus aims to support young people to engage in youth social action, and youth social enterprise. Their mission in the UK is to be recognised as a leader in developing a national network of socially minded young leaders of the future who transform communities and society through real life social action and environmentally responsible enterprise.

At the regional finals team members Jessica Vernon and Courtney Simmons presented a TESOL focussed project centred around providing opportunities for English speaking practice to people that have English as a second language in disadvantaged communities while second year Geographers Mark Wright and Ellie Cordon presented a project focussed around disaster risk reduction in Fiji.

The team’s passion, ideas, knowledge and project plan received high praise from the judges and the BGU team were highly commended by representatives from Asda, Arla and Enactus. The team were awarded a golden ticket on the day and will now progress to the Rookie League in April to showcase their projects to universities and organisations from across the UK.

You can find out more about Enactus and how to get involved by clicking here.