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SEI News: Honours Fellows Alice Simpson-Young, Anja Bless & Gemma Viney Awarded Prizes at the 2018 SSPS Prize Ceremony

The SEI congratulates our 2018 Honours Research Fellows Alice Simpson-Young and Anja Bless, and our 2017 Honours Research Fellow Gemma Viney, who were recently awarded prizes in recognition of their outstanding academic achievements at the School of Social and Political Sciences Prize Ceremony.

The University of Sydney Great Hall. Image by Mark爱生活. Sourced via Flickr Commons.

On Thursday 10th May 2018 the School of Social and Political Sciences held a Prizes Ceremony to honour undergraduate and postgraduate students who have achieved exceptional results in the areas of Government and International Relations, Sociology and Social Policy, Anthropology, Graduate School of Government, Peace and Conflict Studies, and Political Economy. The SEI is proud of the achievements of Alice, Anja and Gemma Viney who all took home a prize at the ceremony.

Alice Simpson-young was one of four students to be awarded the Public Service Association of New South Wales John S. D’arcy Memorial Prize. The four D’Arcy Prizes recognise outstanding achievement by second and third-year students in Government and in Honours. The prize is in honour of John Synott D’Arcy (1867-1918) who held a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney and always listed it as a matter of pride. His premature death led his family, friends, and admirers to create the suite of D’Arcy Prizes.

Associate Professor Anika Gauja presents Alice a John S. D’arcy Memorial Prize. Image sourced via SSPS.

Alice is currently undertaking Honours in the Department of Government and International Relations, and Alice’s research aims to explore Sydney and Melbourne’s Resilience Strategies, to understand to what extent environmental justice, vulnerability and social resilience are incorporated.

Anja Bless was awarded the Emeritus Professor F.A. Bland Prize for Government III. The Bland Prize is awarded annually to the best student completing a major in Government. The prize is named after Professor Francis Armand Bland who long served the Department of Government at the University of Sydney.

Chair of Department of Government and International Relations, Professor Colin Wight, presents Anja with the Bland Prize. Image sourced via SSPS.

Anja is undertaking Honours in Government & International Relations, and her research is examining how Australia’s tobacco control policies can be applied to reducing meat consumption for environmental and public health benefits.

We would also like to give a special mention to our 2017 Honours Research Fellow Gemma Viney, who was awarded the Helen Nelson Prize for Best Honours Thesis. The prize is awarded annually, for the thesis component of Honours alone. Gemma’s Honours research investigated Australian environmental justice and the coalitions forming between rural farming and Indigenous Australian communities. The prize is named after Associate Professor Helen Nelson, who was the first woman to take up the position of Head of Department at the University of Sydney, and the first woman to serve as Sub-Dean (Undergraduate Studies) in the Faculty of Economics.

For full details on the awards, prizes and winners, click here.

Note: The details for this news post were sourced from the School of Social & Political Sciences’ Prizes Ceremony Programme.