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Desi girl wins top law school prize

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BBC journalist Priya Patel, Gurpreet Dhaliwal from Campion School, & Dr Anil Awesti, University of Warwick

The year 12 pupils from schools across Coventry and Warwickshire have been getting a taste of studying law at the University of Warwick, reports Asian Lite News

Gurpreet Dhaliwal from Campion School, Leamington Spa who wrote an essay called ‘Human Trafficking, an underworld crime’ won the 2500 word essay competition on the theme of social justice, held by the University of Warwick. The school of Law at the University of Warwick has been running a six-month programme to widen access to the country’s top universities for secondary school students.

Since November 2015, 25 pupils from eight schools across the region have been taking part in intensive Saturday workshops and lectures and have been learning how to improve their A Level study skills. They also met professional writers including leading journalists and writers of fiction and non-fiction. The Year 12 pupils were selected from Tile Hill Wood, Caludon Castle, President Kennedy, Cardinal Wiseman, Foxford, Lyng Hall, Westwood Academy and Campion schools.

BBC journalist Priya Patel, Gurpreet Dhaliwal from Campion School, & Dr Anil Awesti, University of Warwick
BBC journalist Priya Patel, Gurpreet Dhaliwal from Campion School, & Dr Anil Awesti, University of Warwick

As part of the scheme the students worked on their entries for a competition to write the best 2,500-word essay on the theme of social justice. The winner of the competition, Gurpreet Dhaliwal will see her essay published in the online magazine Lacuna, and have a paid, month-long summer internship with the publication. “I didn’t expect to win at all so it’s a great surprise. I’d like to say thank you to Anil and his team at the School of Law so for their help and support throughout the project” said Gurpreet.

The runners up for the competition were Grace Knowles from Tile Hill Wood School, Coventry who wrote ‘The segregation of social classes’ and Claudi Geraghty also from Campion School, whose essay was called ‘The United Kingdom of the homeless’. The three were presented with their awards by BBC political journalist Priya Patel.

Dr Anil Awesti, widening participation officer and researcher said, “The Year 12 pupils have been working towards our ‘Writing Wrongs’ competition since November which was designed in line with the magazine’s ethos of challenging indifference to suffering and promoting human rights. We were impressed with the standard of the entries and would like to congratulate the winner Gurpreet for her interpretation of the brief.”

Grace Knowles from Tile Hill Wood School, BBC journalist Priya Patel, Gurpreet Dhaliwal from Campion School & Claudi Geraghty also from Campion School
Grace Knowles from Tile Hill Wood School, BBC journalist Priya Patel, Gurpreet Dhaliwal from Campion School & Claudi Geraghty also from Campion School

Gurpreet’s teacher, Steve Bolsover from Campion School said, “The writing wrongs essay competition was a big confidence boost to our two winning pupils and to our school to get both Gurpreet and Claudi recognised for their essay writing skills,”

The University of Warwick supports disadvantaged and talented students to achieve their potential and progress to higher education such as the School of Law’s programme, summer schools and mentoring. It works with the local community to widen participation of the hardest-to-reach and those least likely to enter higher education, including funded projects supporting looked after children and disabled young people.”

 

 

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