2011 Prize Giving

MPW 2011 Prize Giving

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

The MPW Outstanding Achievement Award
Lurii Nikitin
University of Nottingham (Law)

The Principal’s Award
Chang Wook Park
London School of Economics (Economics)

The Huw Thomas Prize
Edmund Speaight
University of York (English)

The MPW Medical Sciences Prize
Jointly awarded to:
Yusuf Blunt
University of Manchester (Medicine)
William Wadman
University of Manchester (Medicine)

The Winifred Durnford Prize
Jointly awarded to:
Bao Ngoc Le
City University (Banking and International Finance)
Hong Nhung Nguyen
London School of Economics (Accounting and

The Sylvia Trott Prize
Alexandra Jackson
University College, London (Civil Engineering)

The Phil Tyler Prize for Religious Studies
Sebastian Tate
King’s College, London (Law)

The Martin Dyson Prize
Jointly awarded to:
Federica Foglia
University of Lausanne, Switzerland (Medicine)
Gulnaz Niyazova
Imperial College, London (Environmental Geoscience)

The MPW Mathematics Prize
Sam Capp
University of Bristol (Mathematics)

The Denise Callahan Prize
Polly-Anna Monckton
London School of Economics (Law)

The MPW A-level Retake Prize
Rizwan Chaudhry
Durham University (Psychology)

The MPW Lower-Sixth Prize
Hui Liu
Now in her A2 year and planning to read Civil

The MPW Art Prize
Katie-Ann McGuigan
Central Saint Martin’s College (Art Foundation)

The Laura Freeman GCSE Prize
David Hallam
Now in his AS year

The annual prize-giving is a highlight of the college calendar and this year was no exception. The outstanding academic achievements of last year’s students were marked by the ceremony in which guest of honour and Olympic Gold Medallist, Duncan Goodhew MBE, awarded the prizes. The principal, Steven Boyes, welcomed prize winners and their parents to an occasion which was, as ever, a welcome chance to wind down in the final week before Christmas. Choosing the winners this year was especially difficult, as a record 41% of all exam entries were graded at either A or A*. Duncan Goodhew, himself an MPW parent, gave a very well-received speech that emphasised the virtues of hard work and discipline. Drawing upon his own experiences as an Olympic sportsman, he stated that life is simple in that it is about the work that we put in and what we get out of it. He argued that it is always wonderful to be able to celebrate success. We often have to struggle in life and are ambushed by unexpected difficulties, so it is good to be able to stop, admire the view and assess our progress. Drawing his speech to a close with a final, theatrical flourish, he hoped that those who had succeeded at MPW were on their way to gaining their own gold medal, ‘just as I have’, whereupon, to gasps of delight in the assembled audience, he produced his Gold Medal from the 1980 Moscow Olympics. Then, as a gesture of appreciation, he asked all the teachers of the prize winners to stand up, insisting that they also be given a round of applause.