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Mobeen wins prestigious essay writing prize

Saturday 2 August 2014

Richmond upon Thames College student Mobeen Salih has been announced as the winner of the Lloyd Davies Prize in Philosophy, a prestigious essay writing competition held by the University of Oxford's Oriel College.

The seventeen-year-old's essay 'What, if anything, is wrong with inequality?' was chosen by judges ahead of 46 entries from across the world and earned Mobeen £250 in prize money.

"When I was told that my entry had won first prize I really couldn't believe it!" said Mobeen. "It's a proud achievement to win the prize as this year's other entries were really strong and I put a lot of time and research into the essay. I really enjoyed the process of writing it and it's great to gain some recognition at the end of it all."

Mobeen also gave special thanks to his tutors at Richmond College for suggesting that he entered the competition. "The tutors at RuTC are very supportive and are always encouraging students to get involved in extra curricular activities that will strengthen university applications. My tutor is brilliant and I'm really grateful to her for making me aware of this great opportunity."

Mobeen, who came to the college from Teddington School to study the International Baccalaureate diploma, collected his prize during a recent visit to Oxford, where he was also given a tour of Oriel College and met with fellow and lecturer, Dr Oliver Pooley. He hopes to study Philosophy and Spanish at Oriel College in 2015.

The Lloyd Davies Prize in Philosophy was established in 2006 and aims to encourage students in Year 12 to write about a subject they are interested in and develop their abilities for independent research and thought in Philosophy. The competition also encourages able students to consider applying to Oxford for Philosophy by giving them some experience of the type of work involved.

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