2009 Prize Giving

MPW 2009 Prize Giving

MPW college awards a number of prizes in recognition of academic achievement. Last year’s prize winners include:

The MPW Outstanding Achievement Prize
Luke Rowland
Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge (English)

The Denise Callahan Prize
Rosa de Graaf
Chelsea College of Art and Design
(Art Foundation)

The Martin Dyson Prize
Jointly awarded to:
Kaian Wang
Queen’s College, Oxford
(Experimental Psychology)
Shaobo Pang
St Hugh’s College, Oxford (Mathematics)

The Winifred Durnford Prize
Jointly awarded to:
Jiali Zhang
University College, London
(Mathematics and Economics)
Viet Le
University of Warwick (Economics)

The Huw Thomas Prize
Louise Dillon
University of Bristol (English)

The MPW A Level Retake Prize
Laura Jafarby
University of Nottingham (History)

The Sylvia Trott Prize
Edward Prosser
University of Edinburgh
(Spanish & Portuguese and European Studies)

The MPW Medicine Prize
Tabassum Tawhid
University of Liverpool (Medicine)

The MPW Lower-Sixth Prize
Awarded to:
Varitha Techakesari
Now in her A2 year

Phil Tyler Memorial Prize
Jack Merril
The School of Oriental and African Studies
(Religious Studies)

The Laura Freeman GCSE Prize
Alex Healy Evans
Now in his AS year

The annual Prize Giving is one of the highlights of the MPW calendar and this year was no exception. The Principal, Matthew Judd, paid tribute to the hard work of students and teachers as well as to the unsung heroes of education – the parents. The outstanding academic achievements of last year’s students were marked by the annual ceremony in which guest of honour Clare Riley, Microsoft group manager for education and herself a former MPW parent, awarded the prizes. In her speech she said how much she enjoyed celebrations and stressed the value of praise in our daily relations with others. She also emphasised the importance of independent thinking and learning as a vital part of preparing not only for the world of work but also for life. Curiosity and passion will be more important even than IQ if young people want to succeed in the 21st century, she suggested, singling out MPW’s teaching and learning style as one which fosters independent learning.