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Bursary winners 2012-13 announced

This year the WRSA Committee approved four awards totalling £1250, which were presented on 28 November 2012.


The winners are shown with three members of the WRSA Bursary Committee.

Left to right: Joan Cole (Chair WRSA), Michael Hale, Jamie Goodhart, Alun Rhys Williams, David Levesley, Cathryn Turhan, Georgie Hale and Steve Van Toller.

The 4th Committee member Terry Kemp is pictured below.


David Levesley (3rd year English and Comparative Literature)

David is a co-author with Cathryn Turhan of a play ‘The House Beautiful’. David has written a number of stage works including ‘FML: The Musical’ which has been performed both at a number of local venues and the Victoria and Albert Museum. The aim is now to stage the play at the Edinburgh Fringe, and the application sought funding for the costs of registration, marketing and production. The award was £350.

Alun Rhys Williams (PhD English Literature)

Alun’s project is a monthly magazine ‘The New Pamphleteer’ of wide coverage, e.g. the 2012 Olympics, Afghanistan, the Eurozone crisis, authored by both early career researchers and established academics and specialists. The articles are aimed at a generalist rather than a specialist audience, and a number of leading academics have already offered their support. Initially, the magazine will be free of charge, the production costs being met by advertising and patrons. The award was £500, made in two instalments, initially £100 and the second of £400 being subject to progress.

Jamie Goodhart (2nd year Medical student)

Jamie is planning a mountaineering expedition with six colleagues to Antarctica for which funding has been secured. The request was for £300 to mount a photographic exhibition based on his experiences; this will be shown to the University, schools and the wider mountaineering community. The award was £250.

Michael Hale (3rd year Medical student)

Michael has recently acted as workshop coordinator for the ‘Peer Support and Debate Day’ at Warwick Medical School. Debate is seen as a useful skill for individuals competing for jobs, working in a competitive environment, and ‘arguing’ for the rights of patients. The application was for funding to allow Michael to attend the first ‘Medical Debating Congress’ to be held at Oriel College, Oxford, on December 14-16, 2012. Michael plans to organise similar events at Warwick in the future. The award was for £150 to cover registration charges.