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Professor Barry Crittenden presents Lisa Russell with her award
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Professor Crittenden presents to Richard Bourne
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Press Release - 16 June 2008

Students take the two top prizes in international essay competition

University of Bath students have scooped top prizes in two categories in an international essay competition run by the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA), the professional body for environmental managers in the UK.

Lisa Russell, from the Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology, and Richard Bourne, from the School of Management, fought off competition from around the UK and overseas to take the two prizes for the best student essays on environmental topics.

Lisa was the winner in the postgraduate section with an essay entitled: Why our ‘meat and two veg’ diet is not sustainable. She said: “My essay discusses the main environmental consequences of the over-reliance on meat, fish and dairy in Western diets. Researching this topic was really interesting. I learnt a lot and enjoyed writing in a 'popular' rather than 'academic' style.

“I was absolutely thrilled to have my essay selected, and spent a good few minutes jumping round the lab with a big grin on my face when I found out! The conference in Bournemouth was superb, and a really encouraging eye-opener to the strategies businesses and the Government are using to limit their environmental impact.”

Richard came first in the undergraduate category with his essay entitled: In what ways is the role of poetry important in rekindling our connection with nature? He said: “I would really like to thank the University and IEMA for giving me the opportunity to enter my essay and for the consideration it was given; it really means a lot to me.”

The competition is sponsored by the University of Bath’s MSc in Integrated Environmental Management programme. Professor Barry Crittenden, from the Department of Chemical Engineering, presented the winners with their prizes at the IEMA Annual Dinner held in Bournemouth on 6 June.

After the announcement of the winners there were enthusiastic calls from the audience for Richard to read out the poem that he had written as part of his essay and he kindly obliged – the first time that the IEMA National Conference had included a poetry reading.

Both winners received a cash prize, free student membership of IEMA and the opportunity to study one of the short courses from the University’s Integrated Environmental Management by distance learning programme. The winning essays will be published in full in The Environmentalist magazine.

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