From left to right: ECM MPhil student Jory Fleming (Worcester, 2017) and Undergraduate Honour School Finalists 2017, Rachel Hough (Hertford, 2014), Ben Nother (Mansfield, 2014), Caragh Bennet (Jesus, 2014) have been recognised for their excellence in data storytelling and dissertation-writing.
Jory Fleming (Worcester, 2017) wins 'Rising Star' prize at KANTAR Information is Beautiful Awards 2017
Jory Fleming, an Environmental Change and Management MPhil student, is celebrating after winning a prestigious award in digital data storytelling. He won Gold in the Rising Star category for his series of maps of the US entitled 'Gerrymandering: A Nation Divided, but Who's Drawing the Lines?'. He said: 'As a geography student I love making maps, and after Obama's last state of the union address I became interested in gerrymandering…I hope they can help others become interested in an esoteric yet important subject.'
Rachel Hough (Hertford, 2014) wins Urban Geography Undergraduate Dissertation Prize
UHS Finalist Rachel Hough won first place in the RGS-IBG Urban Geography Research Group's annual undergraduate dissertation prize for "innovative, original and high quality research in urban geography". Her dissertation was called '"There is more to this area than I think perhaps most of us know": the role of the past in the 'future' town of Cranbrook, Devon'. She explains: "My dissertation examined the temporalities of the new town of Cranbrook, East Devon, particularly focusing on the role that the agricultural heritage of the area might play in the context of a rapidly-expanding development".
Ben Nother (Mansfield, 2014) wins Marjorie Sweeting Dissertation Prize
UHS Finalist Ben Nother has been awarded joint-second in the British Society for Geomorphology's dissertation prize 2017, for 'Beach sand morphology and provenance: a geoforensic and geomorphological comparison of the Regina v. Walgate (1999) murder trial'. Ben comments: "My dissertation comprised of an academic reappraisal of forensic evidence presented in a criminal trial, in which the defendant was convicted for the murder of an individual on a beach based wholly on trace quantities of sand recovered from his clothing. This analysis was undertaken in order to provide a contextual basis for the dissertation's main theme, which sought to examine how the analysis of sediment may differ within a forensic investigation when compared to a geomorphological study."
Caragh Bennet (Jesus, 2014) wins Gender and Feminist Geographies Research Group Undergraduate Dissertation Prize
UHS Finalist Caragh Bennet has won third-prize in the RGS-IBG Gender and Feminist Geographies Research Group's 2017 undergraduate dissertation prize. Her dissertation, entitled 'Women's Empowerment, Development Discourse and Shifting Subjectivities: Everyday Performances of Gender in Rural Uganda' explores the gendered impacts of the introduction of a women's empowerment programme by a development NGO in Uganda.