Student scoops top prize for essay on disfigurement.

An essay on “Coping with Disfigurement” has earned a University of Bath student a joint first prize in a national competition.

Natalia Kucirkova’s essay ‘Intimate memoir of a journey to an embodied self’ is a fictional journey of a woman being diagnosed with cancer and reflects on the importance of the right therapeutic intervention that helped the patient regain her self confidence and self esteem.

The competition was organised by Changing Faces, a charity which supports and represents people with disfigurements of the face or body.

Natalia will be presented with £500, along with Charlie Khoo, fellow prize winner and a medical student at University College, London.

She graduated from the University of Bath with a BSc (hons) Psychology earlier this month.

She said: “The competition helps to raise awareness of the work of Changing Faces and I find their work invaluable. People with disfigurement face many psychosocial difficulties and it is important to talk about it.”

Richard Lansdown, Chair of the Changing Faces Research Council and one of the essay judges, said: “We were pleasantly surprised by both the number of entries, 30 altogether, and their quality and range.

“Some were formal and academic, some personal, some relating mainly to one condition, some more broad in their scope. But they had in common an appreciation of the psychological factors associated with disfigurement and they were all thoughtful in their approach.

“The two winners are quite different in the way the authors tackled their subject, but what both showed was a powerful grasp of the topic in hand and an ability to convey their thoughts clearly and effectively.

“This was our first attempt at offering an essay prize. We have been most encouraged by the response and look forward to a repeat performance next year.”

The prize was open to both undergraduates and postgraduate students of medicine, dentistry, psychology, nursing, social work, play therapy, and professions allied to medicine (prosthetists, orthotists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists).

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