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Congratulations to the class of 2014


The School of Geography Class of 2014.

Graduates Nick Riley, Abi Aldridge, Laura Nott and Bradley Williams.

Students from across the School of Geography threw their hats to the air and raised a glass in the sunshine to celebrate their graduation this month.

The Class of 2014 stepped boldly across the stage at Queen Mary’s People’s Palace to shake hands and acknowledge their degree success.

Academics met with family and friends in the Octagon and students receiving special awards met with the Head of School for photographs.

Each year, the School of Geography gives a number of awards in recognition of exceptional academic achievement. Recipients from the graduating third year included:

  • BA Geography graduate Max Thompson who received the Michael Alexander Jones Memorial Award for the best overall performance in the third year.
  • BA Geography graduate Sophie Lyddon who received the A.E. Smailes Prize for the best dissertation.
  • BA Geography graduate Anisa Daud who received the Roger Lee Prize for the best dissertation in the fields of economic geography, development geography or geography of social justice.
  • BA Geography graduate Harry Murdoch who received the Simon Tavana Writing Prize for creative writing in human geography third year coursework.
  • BSc Geography graduate Louise Dell who received the Mark Landskroner Prize for a first-class dissertation in physical geography/environmental science.

Graduate Harry Murdoch with Professor Miles Ogborn.

Graduate Harry Murdoch, who is now hoping to travel abroad and teach English in Japan, said the award was a lovely surprise. “I was delighted to find out I had been nominated and subsequently awarded the prize for my piece on the place of animals in the city,” he said. “The work was part of the Readings in Urbanism module that I took in my third year. My whole experience at Queen Mary was great fun. It’s such a diverse discipline – but that’s what attracted me in the first place.”

Graduates from the School of Geography were also recognised for overall top academic achievement in their final year by Queen Mary University of London:

  • BA Geography graduate Nicholas Blundell and BSc Geography graduate Laura Mills both won a £100 Draper’s Company Prize.
  • BA Geography graduate Sophie Lyddon and BSc Geography graduate Elia Maritan both won a £100 Principal’s Prize.

Head of School Professor Miles Ogborn said he admired the hard work and dedication of the School’s students. “Each year we applaud and commend our third years but I’m always taken aback by the new levels of achievement reached,” he said. “From those early days in the first year where everything is new to the final year where students are developing specialist research interests and ideas about their careers, we’re always keen to give as much support as possible. But it’s their hard work that gets them to this stage ready to set out in the world, so I have been delighted to oversee this graduation and I wish all our graduates the best for their futures.”

  • For more pictures from Graduation day 2014, please take a look at our new Flickr page.
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  • Inspired to join us? Find out more about studying with us in 2015 by taking a look at our latest film or undergraduate brochure. The next Open Day is on October 11 2014 – come by and say hello.

Graduates from the School of Geography 2014.
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