School of Social and Political Science

SPS students recognised for enhancing the reputation of the University


Three students at the School of Social and Political Science have been jointly awarded the University of Edinburgh 2021 Sir William Darling Memorial Prize for enhancing the University’s reputation through community building and engagement with global challenges. 

Congratulations to Leanne Atkinson, Zoe Carpenter and Holly Martindale, postgraduate students on the MSc Global Environmental Politics and Society (MSc GEPS) programme, on receiving the prize.

The Sir William Darling Memorial Prize is awarded by the University Principal Peter Mathieson to an individual or group of students who has done the most to enhance the reputation of the University.

Peter wrote to the winners, saying: “You have all most certainly played a part in that by your conduct, example, scholarship and through your community building, optimism, and engagement with global challenges.”

The students were nominated for the award by the MSc GEPS programme directors Elizabeth Bomberg and Darrick Evensen for their excellent academic work and their role as postgraduate programme representatives for the MSc GEPS programme in 2020-2021.

The students led on several hands-on climate projects and were selected to represent the University of Edinburgh in the highly prestigious Yale Climate Forum, an initiative to bring together students from all corners of the world to share ideas, learn, connect, and act on the global imperative of addressing climate change. 

Professor Bomberg said: “As programme reps they helped create community and stoke engagement in the absence of normal opportunities to meet, engage and build relationships. Congratulations!”

More information

MSc Global Environmental Politics and Society