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Final Year Undergraduate Prize-Winners

Summer Congregation is a time of celebration for all School students, and it’s a great day for all involved.

As well as the formal graduation ceremony at Durham Cathedral, graduating students, their families, friends and staff have the opportunity to continue their celebrations at a number of events held in the School.

The events also offer the chance to acknowledge exceptional students and their work, and this year was no different with 18 undergraduate students receiving a range of awards.

Phoebe Huzar, BA (Hons) Business and Management graduate, was just one of those to receive recognition of their commitment, dedication and efforts this year and commented:

“Graduation day was a brilliant end to my four years at Durham. Following the cathedral ceremony, my guests and I attended the Business School prize-giving where I was delighted to receive an Outstanding Achievement Award for having the highest dissertation mark across all undergraduate programmes. It was also a great opportunity to network and discuss my work with professors and university staff, all of whom were very interested in my dissertation as well as my plans for the future.”

The awards were made by Philippa Matthews, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programmes who added:

“The School has over 2,000 undergraduate students studying undergraduate degrees in Accounting, Business, Economics and Finance-related subjects. Graduation day is hectic, with our undergraduate students participating in three separate ceremonies in Durham Cathedral, throughout the day. Our graduates are sought after by employers for their knowledge and skills and we consistently demonstrate among the highest rates of progression to careers and further study in the UK.

We have an excellent reputation for producing world-class graduates from our world-class programmes. Celebrating on graduation day by presenting awards for academic achievement, helps staff and students to reflect on the excellence of our graduates and the efforts that our highest achievers have put into their years of study at Durham University Business School. Our awards ceremony is always a happy occasion for staff, graduates and their guests.”

Photos from the awards ceremony and graduation can be viewed here.

The prize winners were;

Outstanding Achievement Award for highest dissertation mark across all undergraduate programmes (joint award)

Phoebe Huzar, BA Business and Management

Caterina Strada, BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics

The Jo Masheder Prize for best performance in History of Economic Thought

BA Economics - Harry Bishop, Elyse Hussain

BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics – Oshmita Ray


The Adam Smith Academic Achievement Award for highest mark in BSc Economics – Rhianna Lindsay

The Barclays Prize for best performance in Monetary Economics – Bethany Beckett

The J.S. Mill Prize for the highest weighted average in Philosophy, Politics and Economics – Edoardo Lanfranchi


Academic Achievement Awards (highest mark in programme)

BSc Accounting – Carys Annear 

BSc Accounting and Finance – Michelle Tanuwidjaja

BSc Accounting and Management – Joseph Molyneux

BSc Finance – Paul Bamber

BA Business and Management – Henry Thornton

BA Marketing and Management – George Hall