A BA (Hons) Creative Events Management graduate has been praised by Arts Council England Chief Executive Darren Henley OBE for her “thought-provoking” work after claiming a new prize awarded by AUB
Louise Giadom won The Henley Prize for Outstanding Creative Events Management Dissertation for her piece titled: “How do ideas of ‘normalcy’ in film help shape society’s view of the disabled and mentally ill?”
The prize was judged by AUB Honorary Fellow and Chief Executive of Arts Council England, Darren Henley, who is also the author of books including The Arts Dividend: Why Investment in Culture Pays.
Speaking about Louise’s dissertation, he said: “Tackling an important topic, which has been overlooked in the past, this dissertation was extremely well argued, benefiting from deep insights born out of extensive and careful research.
“It’s thought-provoking discussion meant that I came away from reading it feeling that I had learned something new.”
Creative Events Management Senior Lecturer, Cathy John, said the Henley Prize “celebrated student academic achievement by recognising astute scholarship and insightful critique of the creative industries and its outputs”.
Speaking about Louise’s work, she said: “We were delighted to award graduating student Louise Giadom with the inaugural Henley Prize.
“Amongst a strong field of our students’ dissertations, Louise’s work pushed further, in research, in its engagement with ideas which challenge hackneyed understandings of disability and in its perceptive analysis and argument.”
Louise said the topic of her work was something she could relate as she would like to be a writer for film and television.
But she added she was surprised to come out on top and said it was only possible thanks to the help and guidance of AUB staff members.
She said: “Winning the award and getting that recognition for my dissertation was pretty surreal.
“It took a lot of all-nighters and stress but it was definitely worth it and shows my hard work paid off so I’m really, really happy.
“And I’d definitely credit my tutor Cathy for my success to be honest, she helped direct areas of the dissertation and knew so much about the topic that it just came together so effortlessly,
“I don’t think I would’ve done half as well had it not been for her.”
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