Two Rare First Class Distinction Degrees Awarded to SHS Alumni

We have had some brilliant reports of the achievements of two of our ex-students this week, both being awarded first class honours with distinction classifications for their recently comnpleted university degrees.

A minority of universities award first class honours with distinction, informally known as a "Starred First" or a "Congratulatory First". These are seldom awarded; among notable recipients are the writer Karen Armstrong, the philosopher Bernard Williams, the historians Simon Schama and Quentin Skinner and the classicist Bob Cowan.

Former student Martha Norton Saunders, achieved a rare starred first from King's College, Cambridge in Human, Social and Political Sciences this weekend. 

Alice Jane McEllin, another former SHS student, has also been awarded a first with distinction from the University of York, and the Winfield Medal for the best overall performance in the York MChem course. She will be returning to York as a PhD student in October. Alice has also recently received a prestigious Salters’ Graduate Award, of which only ten are given each year to UK graduating Chemists or Chemical Engineers.

Congratulations to both Martha and Alice on their fantastic achievements!