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Graduation 2011

Posted on 19/07/2011

The Department congratulates the highly successful undergraduate, MSc and PhD cohorts who graduated on 14 July 2011.

Graduation ceremonies for the 2010/11 undergraduate finalists, 2009/10 MSc students, and 2010/11 PhD graduates, were held on 14 July 2011 in the Picture Gallery and Chapel of Founder's Building.

Congratulations to undergraduate finalists Mahwish Hanif, awarded a departmental prize for the highest dissertation mark; Sanders Arampamoorthy, who was awarded the Driver Prize for outstanding piece of work as part of a course; and David McLellan, who was awarded the PIR Prize for best overall performance.

The MSc students who attended graduation represented a cohort of 51 students -- the largest in the Department's history -- whose achievements included four Distinctions and seven Merits. One MSc graduate, Billur Aslan, is returning the PIR to start a PhD in September.

Two research students were on hand to receive PhD degrees on the day:

  • Joana Kaminska, for her thesis, "New member states influence on the Eastern Dimension of the EU external relations - the case of Poland."
  • Luis Simon, for his thesis, "International Change, National Grand Strategy and the Future of European Power: Britain, France, Germany and the evolution of the European Union Common Security and Defence Policy and NATO (2001-2009)."'

Also completing in 2010/11, but not in attendance at the graduation ceremony, was Christopher Perkins, whose thesis was titled, "National thinking and the politics of belonging in contemporary Japan: a constitutive constructivist approach."

We wish the entire graduating class best of luck for the future. And thanks to the mother of finalist Jiwon Lim, who took the photo included in this story.


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