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Kate Birkinshaw - French Studies Undergraduate Prize Winner

Kate BirkinshawKate Birkinshaw, final-year French and History student 2005-06, has become a Joint Winner of the Society for French Studies' R. H. Gapper Undergraduate Essay Prize with her essay Revolutionary Propaganda 1788-1789 (with particular reference to pamphlets).

The R.H. Gapper prize is awarded by the Society for French Studies for an essay in English or French, of between 2,000 and 5,000 words, on any subject within the scope of French studies. The award is for outstanding academic merit at undergraduate level ( The award includes:

  • a cash prize of £250
  • expenses-paid travel to the next annual conference of the Society for French Studies
  • mention in the French Studies Bulletin and on the Society for French Studies website
  • consideration by the Editorial Panel of the French Studies Bulletin.

Kate is currently studying for the French department's MA in French Culture and Thought. The President of the Society for French Studies, in writing to congratulate her, commented that: 'it is very reassuring to know that young scholars of your calibre wish to pursue their studies in French!'