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05 August 2022

Department's top-performing undergraduate student receives 2022 Kingstone Sumner Prize

International Development undergraduate student, Gideon Coolin has won the Prize which honours him as the department’s most-outstanding student.

Gideon Coolin

The annual Kingstone Sumner Prize recognises the hard work and academic achievement of a student studying the International Development BA.

Professor Jelke Boesten, Interim Head of Department of International Develoment, said: "Gideon wins the Kingstone-Sumner Prize for his excellent performance in his studies with us, two years of which were spent during a global pandemic with lots of unusual forms of teaching and learning."

We are happy and proud that despite these circumstances, students like Gideon made the most of their studies, and are able to set out a future path for themselves that includes care about and interest in the global inequalities and injustices that affect so many. Congratulations Gideon!"

Professor Jelke Boesten, Interim Head of Department

Gideon graduated with a First Class Honours in BA (Hons) International Development in 2022.

Reflecting on the win, Gideon said: “This is wonderful news - I am extremely humbled and am lost for words."

It has been a pleasure studying at DID and joining the department has been hands down one of the best decisions I have ever made. It has made me certain that the alleviation of global inequality and poverty are issues that I want to dedicate my career and life to, and in the autumn I'll be going on to continue studying Development at Cambridge for my Masters. I hope to carry forward the academic rigour that characterises DID! Thank you so much for this award, it is a fantastic honour, and I am so pleased.”

Gideon Coolin