The Anthropology Department would like to congratulate each and every one of our 2021 graduates on their degree results.
In any normal year, we would be welcoming graduates back to the Department to celebrate their achievements after a wonderful graduation ceremony in the Cathedral. The last year and a half have been anything but normal. Even so, our graduates are joining thousands of our alumni who have gone on to do amazing things and a diversity of careers. However, very few of them will have faced the challenges of completing their degrees during a global pandemic and it makes their achievements all the more impressive.
Students are the life-blood of our academic community and everyone has contributed something important. Even with such a stellar cast, though, some achievements stand out. We want now to recognise the outstanding accomplishments of our prize-winners.
The first three prizes are awarded for the most outstanding performance on each of our three single honours degrees. This year, these prizes go to:
All of our single honours students are registered on one of these three degrees, but one of the strengths of our department is that we cover the breadth of anthropology and some students choose to integrate modules from our full range of our discipline. Our final single honours prize goes to the highest-performing student who took evolutionary, social and health anthropology modules at Level 2 and Level 3.
Anthropology is connected to many other disciplines and we therefore award a prize to the best performing student on our joint honours degrees, which this year goes to:
Our final award this year is the David Brooks Memorial Prize, which was established in recognition of his highly distinctive contribution to teaching and research in social anthropology. The prize recognises originality in undergraduate ethnographic research for their dissertation, and this year goes to:
Turning now to the future: our graduates are leaving Durham at a time of unprecedented global uncertainty, with major challenges ahead. However, as graduates of Durham Anthropology, with its broad-based curriculum that embraces and seeks to understand human beings in all their biological, social and cultural complexity, they are uniquely positioned to go out and help tackle pressing challenges facing the world.
We congratulate all our graduates once again on behalf of the whole department, as both individuals and as a community of scholars. We very much look forward to the time when we can finally get together in person to celebrate graduation in person next year.