Second year undergrad scoops Cheney Prize

14th December 2015

News, Student news

Wadham undergraduate Anna Seccombe (2014, History and English) has been named as winner of the Cheney Prize in the Arts and Social Sciences 2015.

  • Anna Seccombe

Her essay: What can we learn from the myths surrounding the Easter Rising of 1916? was described by the judges as “exemplary in its quality of writing”, framing specific details of the topical focus, evidence and conclusions within a broader topic.

The Judges commented: “A number of well-written essays used a variety of sources to examine a particular historical question, but this one in particular used specific documents in a nuanced way to also interrogate how history is made.”

The Judging Committee, made up of Wadham Fellows Emma Cohen, Jane Griffiths and Alexander Kilpatrick, reviewed eleven essays submitted for the Arts and Social Sciences Prize. All had a fairly clear question and line of argument and the judges said that the standard was good overall.

Anna will receive a prize of £200 for her entry.

There were five entries for the Sciences and Mathematics Prize, three of which failed to meet the eligibility criteria, having been assigned by tutors. The other two essays explored interesting topics but the committee agreed that their quality or originality was not sufficient to merit to the College Prize in the Sciences and Mathematics this year. 

Applications were received from a broad range of subject areas and year groups; Chemistry, Physics, Experimental Psychology, History, Ancient and Modern History, History and Modern Languages, History and Economics, History and English and English.