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The English Department presents Awards to Outstanding Students

The English Department presents Awards to Outstanding Students

The UWC English Department recently honoured two students for their outstanding achievement in English for 2015. On the 10th of March Muneebah Osman and Janine Lange received these awards. Muneebah received the Patrick Cullinan Award for excellence in English three. Muneebah is currently busy with her honours studies in the English department.

The second recipient was Janine who was honoured for excellence in Creative Writing, for which she received the Wendy Woodward Award. Janine is currently completing her MA degree in creative writing and also holds a Masters degree in development studies from UWC, and currently teaches communications in the biomedical science faculty at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT). She commented that this award was given to her for “producing work of a high quality, and being held in high esteem by [her] peers and lecturers”, and that it served as “a great encouragement and affirmation that she is a competent writer”.

Postgraduate coordinator Dr Fiona Moolla said the awards were presented to Janine and Muneebah not only for their exceptional performance last year, but also for the future potential demonstrated by each of these students. The awards were made possible through personal donations to acknowledge the students who perform exceptionally within the department, said senior lecturer in the English department, Ms Cheryl-Ann Michael.

The award for Creative Writing was presented by Senior and creative writing lecturer, Dr Meg van der Merwe, and associate professor Hermann Wittenberg presented the award for English three at the first weekly English department seminar for 2016. At this meeting all in attendance were asked to bring a novel or collection of short stories along to the gathering and to explain why they think their pick is worth reading. These seminars happen on Wednesdays during lunch in D238 in the English department, and are open to all interested.