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Student scoops national prize for academic writing


A University of Wolverhampton student has won a prestigious national prize for her academic writing.

Emma Johnston won the undergraduate Critical Writing Prize 2015 for the best student essay demonstrating a high level of critical thinking.

The annual prize, sponsored by Critical Publishing, open to students from social work and education related disciplines.

Emma was nominated by her tutor Paul Gurton, Senior Lecturer for Primary Initial Teacher Education, who said: ““I would just like to say that I am thrilled for Emma and it is testament to the high quality of her thinking and all the reading and hard work she put in to this submission. The Primary Initial Teacher Education Team is proud of her achievement.”

Emma, who is a third year student on the Primary Education BA (Hons), said: “I am delighted that my work has been selected to win the Critical Prize 2015. I would like to thank Paul for giving me the opportunity to submit my work and I was pleasantly surprised to receive the news. Talk to enhance learning is a topic that I have great interest in and I am proud that my review was well-received by the judge for Critical Publishing.”

She received Critical Publishing books worth £200 for her essay, entitled Children’s Engagement with Talk to Enhance Learning in the Primary School Classroom: Literature Review.

Emma’s winning entry can be read on The Critical Blog:


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