School of Social and Political Science

Three SPS students win at the EUSA Student Awards 2020

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Congratulations to three students from the School of Social and Political Science, who picked up awards at the Edinburgh University Students’ Association (EUSA) Student Awards 2020. The awards are a celebration of student achievements across the University of Edinburgh.


Instead of a physical awards ceremony, originally planned for the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh, the ceremony was broadcast online and the results posted on Twitter by the Edinburgh University Student’s Association.

Student Collaboration Awards

Dhruti Chakravarthi, a third-year Sustainable Development student, along with Sam Bayliss, a second-year English Literature student, picked up the Student Collaboration Award. 

This award recognises students who have worked together to successfully create partnerships in a project, event or activity. 

Dhruti and Sam received the award for their time as editors in chief at the University of Edinburgh’s student newspaper The Student, which has more than 60,000 readers. They brought out the first liberation edition, celebrating the voices of marginalised communities.

Read an interview with Dhruti and Sam from September 2019 here, when they were made editors in chief.

Contribution to the Global Community Award

Fourth-year International Relations and International Law student Mathias Jacobsen received the Contribution to the Global Community Award. 

This award recognises those who have made a substantial contribution to developing the international community in Edinburgh or overseas.

Mathias is co-founder and director of the Edinburgh International Justice Initiative (EIJI). EIJI delivers free research assistance on legal issues for institutions and organisations working on issues related to international justice. Bringing together students, professionals and industry, the Mathias and the EIJI contributes to strengthening international human rights law and the international criminal law system.

Unsung Hero Award

Khadija Binladen, a fourth-year International Relations student, was awarded the Unsung Hero Award. 

This award recognises students who have consistently made themselves available and acted selflessly for a cause they are passionate about, who create a positive environment for all and make a real impact on the lives of others.

Khadija created the Syrian Futures Project, within the University of Edinburgh’s Al Waleed Bin Talal centre, is a founding member of the Edinburgh Coexistence Initiative and is a member of the University’s Refugee, Asylum & At-Risk Advisory Board. Khadija works tirelessly to make all feel welcome at the University.

Find out more

Read the full list of awards and winners here.