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Congratulations Liberal Arts Class of 2021!

Our Liberal Arts third- and fourth- year finalists were awarded their degrees on Monday 12 July 2021. The past two years have been particularly challenging and we are so proud of everyone who has graduated this year.

A headshot of Dr Stephanie Panichelli-Batalla. Stephanie is stood outside and smiling

“Congratulations to all of you! The past two years have been really challenging but you have all done extremely well! We are all so proud of you. When I took on the role as Head of School (HoS), one of the duties I was most looking forward to was the graduation ceremony. Unfortunately, I still haven’t had a chance to take part in it as HoS. I do hope that one day we will be able to see you in person again, and celebrate your achievements properly! It has been a real pleasure to have you as a member of our School for Cross-faculty Studies community over the past 3 to 4 years, and we will miss you very much!! Please join our alumni network and make sure you stay in touch! And if you’re back in Coventry at some point, do come and say hello. It would be so lovely to have a chat and see how you are doing.”

Dr Stéphanie Panichelli-Batalla,
Head of the School for Cross-faculty Studies

To celebrate our graduates we held a virtual graduation event on Friday 16 July 2021. During the event, our staff and students shared stories and anecdotes and the following prizes were awarded:

  • The Liberal Arts Achievement Prize: Ben Gallagher

  • The Dissertation Prize: Molly Samwells

  • The Cathia Jenainati Prize: Olamide Ajisafe and Paula Strubel

"I feel really pleased to get this award and encouraged because I was able to do it by following my interests from the start. I’m also happy to get it from a department that understands that grades are not the most authentic sign of success. It’s a great treasure to have felt supported in other successes and been around to see others succeed. I think of the conversations we’ve had as Liberal Arts students and the work we’ve done together as real blessings."

Ben Gallagher, Liberal Arts Achievement Prize Winner

"My dissertation examined how gender identities in the UK are reproduced by the media during times of crisis. I compared archival newspapers about the 1918 influenza pandemic to current editorials about COVID-19 to show how the media naturalises through discourse, certain characteristics as inherently ‘female’ or ‘male’. This reinforces the power hierarchy which confines women to the role of mother, housewife and carer. A huge thank you to my tutors for their unwavering support, as well as my peers for creating such a welcoming community and academically stimulating environment."

Molly Samwells, Dissertation Prize Winner

"Thank you so much for this award, it means the world! I'm so grateful to the department for allowing me the creative freedom to represent the department through my blog posts and videos. It's so nice to have my hard work recognised, and I am honoured to accept this award. The Liberal Arts department has given me so much over the years and I am so glad that I have been able to give even a little bit back."

Olamide Ajisafe, Cathia Jenainati Prize Winner

"I am honoured to win the Cathia Jenainati Prize together with Olamide. I have loved working with and helping my peers and the staff through the Student-Staff Liaison Committee, in staff meetings and at the Undergraduate Studies Committee meetings. I am sad that my time at Warwick is over, but it has been an honour to have the opportunity to contribute to building and enhancing Liberal Arts. I look forward to keeping in touch and seeing how it will continue to grow and strengthen over the coming years."

Paula Strubel, Cathia Jenainati Prize Winner

Congratulations Ben, Molly, Olamide, and Paula - your hard work has not gone unnoticed and we enjoyed being able to share your wonderful achievements in this way.

Liberal Arts staff and students during the virtual graduation event. Most are smiling and clapping.

Above: Staff and students during the virtual graduation event

Virtual Yearbook

Staff and students have been adding messages to the Liberal Arts Virtual Yearbook. If you are a Class of 2021 graduate and you haven’t added a message to the yearbook yet, we encourage you to get involved! You can submit your message and photo here.

Staying in touch

Liberal Arts graduates, please remember to register on so that we can keep in touch with you. In addition, you can: