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Economic, Social and Political Sciences

National accolade for politics student

Published: 25 June 2008 Origin:  Politics and International Relations

Social Sciences student James Rose has been named one of the most promising young political writers in the country.

The second year International Relations student has jointly been awarded the T.E. Utley memorial prize for political writing. The 22 year old overcame dyslexia to write an essay on the future of the United Kingdom.

The £2,500 prize was presented to him at a ceremony in London by Lady Thatcher.

‘Writing 5,000 words was a real challenge but I enjoyed researching the subject and hoped I’d be in with a good chance of winning,’ said James.

T.E. Utley was an author and journalist. He worked for newspapers including the Times and the Daily Telegraph. Margaret Thatcher called him 'the most distinguished Tory thinker of our time'.

James has also won a paid fast stream civil service internship for the summer. He will be working in the Department for Children, Families and Schools in London for two months.

After University, James has ambitions to work in political strategy or commentary.

Lady Thatcher with James Rose (left) and James Hickling.
T.E. Utley memorial prize
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