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PhD student’s essay the year’s best in ethics and social welfare

School of Social and Political Science (SPS) Social Policy PhD student Ashlee Christoffersen has started 2019 in style by winning a national award for the best postgraduate student essay related to ethics and social welfare.

PhD student Ashlee Christofferson, winner of the Jo Campling Memorial Essay Prize

Ashlee won the Jo Campling Memorial Essay Prize postgraduate category, given each year by the journal Ethics and Social Welfare to the top student papers.

Ashlee’s essay was called Researching Intersectionality: Ethical Issues and discussed intersectional positionality as a key ethical consideration of social research. 

As well as receiving £150 prize money, she saw her paper published in the journal.

The winning essay was based on coursework Ashlee did for the Working with Self and Others in Qualitative Research: Theory and Practice course, convened by Professor Viviene Cree, then Professor of Social Work Studies. Professor Cree was responsible for encouraging Ashlee to submit her work for the prize. 

Ashlee said: “Thank you to Viv Cree and Cat Wayland (PiR PhD Candidate) for very helpful comments on the essay. I hope it might be of interest to those interested in intersectionality, and in social research more generally.”

Professor Cree said: “It’s fantastic that Ashlee won this prize. Her essay was first class and fully deserved to win. She is the third graduate from the Working with Self and Others in Qualitative Research course to win this award, demonstrating the quality of the work that our students produce year on year."

Ashlee is currently working on her PhD, ‘Intersectionality in practice: Concepts and uses in the equality-seeking third sector’. More on her work is available on her website profile.

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