On Monday, 11th of September 2017, at the Principal’s Welcome Ceremony for the Class of 2021, I received the Sir William Darling Memorial Prize from Sir Timothy O’Shea, the Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh.
This award is bestowed on “to such student in the University of Edinburgh, who, in the opinion of the Principal of that University for the time being, shall by his conduct, his example, his scholarship, or his pre-eminence in sport, have done in any year most to advance or enhance the reputation of the University.”
The Edinburgh Award for Professionalism in Community Engagement is bestowed on students at the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh, who are engaged and active in their communities. I received the award by virtue of my work as the President of the University of Edinburgh Society for Quantitative Research. Although usually meant for postgraduate students, it was rolled out to final-year undergraduates for the first time in the 2017-18 academic year, making me one of the first undergraduate students to receive the award.
In late 2014, I was awarded the Edinburgh Award for International Work Experience in recognition for the work experience I gained in the preceding summer.
In the summer of 2014, I did a one-week work placement at The Daily Telegraph in London, and then went on to commence a month-long editorial internship at The Times of India in Goa. At the same time, I did a part-time non-residential research internship with the Hudson Institute’s Centre for Political-Military Analysis.