Press Release

12 September 2013

A Canterbury Christ Church University student has been announced as one of four winners in a national essay writing competition, run by UCAS and The Times.

Adam Dark, 43, who is studying Law at the University, won the Social Sciences category after writing about his dedication to the subject.

Students were challenged to describe their passion for learning at degree level, explaining why they chose their subject and their experience of immersing themselves in study.

Over 2,500 entries were received with the winners being chosen by academic experts and David Willetts, Universities and Science minister.

Mary Curnock Cook, UCAS Chief Executive, said: “Adam painted a startling picture of the mundane world he might have inhabited had he not chosen to study a law degree; one in which he ‘didn’t step through that lecture hall door and find a seat, waiting expectantly to learn about justice and truth’ but was instead languishing on a bed watching TV.

“His was an outstanding piece of writing with a unique vision.

“All four category winners gave us special insights into the pure pleasure of studying at a higher level. All tell the story that degree level learning expands the soul as well as the mind. I wish them all the best in their studies and future lives.”  

Adam said: “To have won means a lot to me and I am very grateful. I hope it will impress pupillage committees and persuade them to take a chance on me in the future.”

Universities and Science Minister David Willetts said:"This competition proves that higher education transforms people's lives. The entries took very different paths but they all reflected a passion for learning.” 

Adam won the social sciences category, and receives £3,000, plus a day at The Times newspaper, a six month digital subscription to The Times and will have his winning entry published on The Times online.

Archaeology student Elena Chabo from Essex has been announced as the overall winner and will receive £5,000.


Notes to Editor

  • UCAS is a charity and is the UK's shared admissions service for higher education. We manage applications from over 650,000 applicants each year for full-time undergraduate courses at over 350 universities and colleges across the UK.

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 20,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 94% of our most recent UK graduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2012 UCAS).
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2011/12 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey


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