2nd August 2017

Winner of Inaugural MCR Writing Competition: Ex Aula



Screenshot 2017-08-02 23.21.29The winner of the first Ex Aula prize, for the best article submitted to the Teddy Hall MCR online journal, has been announced as Elizabeth Raine (2014, DPhil in Zoology). Elizabeth receives the £500 prize for her intriguingly-titled article, ‘Dung Beetles: We Should All Talk More About Poo’, in which she discusses the fascinating and often underestimated role played by dung beetles in reusing waste.

Ex Aula was started by the MCR (Middle Common Room, the College’s postgraduate student body) in January this year, as a new initiative to share and publicise more of the research being carried out by its members, in a wide variety of different subject areas. All the journal articles are aimed at non-specialist readers, and give a quick introduction to some aspect of the writer’s research area.

To date, 14 Ex Aula articles have been published and a judging panel of St Edmund Hall SCR members Dr Emily Winkler (photo: middle), Dr Linda Yueh, and Professor Paul Skokowski had the difficult task of selecting the winner. The panel explained their decision as follows: “The title of the essay hooks the reader from the start. The entry’s coverage is expansive, ranging from ancient Egypt to Australian cattle. The colourful descriptions keep the reader engaged and informed about an important research area. As one judge put it, ‘What’s not to like!’ This year’s winner was chosen because the essay epitomises the aim of the prize, which is to make research accessible to a wider audience and more relevant to people’s lives.”

Winkler

DPhil students Tim Donnison (photo: left) and Trent Taylor (photo: right) are the founders and editors of Ex Aula, and are already looking forward to encouraging more submissions in the next academic year and continuing to build the readership of the journal. “We both feel that the inaugural year for Ex Aula went tremendously well,” said Tim, “with all the published articles being accessible, interesting and covering a range of subject areas.”


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2nd August 2017

Winner of Inaugural MCR Writing Competition: Ex Aula

The winner of the first Ex Aula prize, for the best article submitted to the Teddy Hall MCR online journal, has been announced as Elizabeth Raine (2014, DPhil in Zoology). Elizabeth receives the £500 prize for her intriguingly-titled article, ‘Dung Beetles: We Should All Talk More About Poo’, in which she discusses the fascinating and often underestimated role played […]

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1st June 2017

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