UG Dissertation Prize 2023 winner

Claire Taylor is the worthy recipient of this year's UG Dissertation Prize for her study into how eating disorder practitioners conceptualise the relationship between cognition and anorexia.

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Claire was nominated for the award by her dissertation supervisor, Dr Jessica Bradley, whose nomination statement noted, "I have been impressed throughout at the way Claire engaged with her study, and in particular the analytical process which was highly rigorous. Importantly, her study has already had an impact on the practitioners involved and affected a change in practice". Dr Sabine Little, School of Education Director of Education who judged the student nominations stated: "The dissertations that have been put forward for awards were all of an exceptionally high standard. They are testament to the innovative, brave, diverse, and rigorous research that is taking place on our BA programme."

On hearing that she was the recipient of the UG Dissertation Prize, Claire commented, “I am delighted to have won the award, especially as a mature student and mother of five! I poured a huge amount of time and dedication into my dissertation and it is a great feeling having a piece of work I am proud off receive this level of recognition.

The topic is close to my heart, and was inspired by the personal experience of my child, whose strength and determination I will forever be in awe of.

I was fortunate I had access to an amazing group of practitioners who willingly shared their opinions and experiences. My supervisor, Jessica, was very supportive and an excellent critical eye for which I am thankful.

I believe it is important to continue research  in the eating disorder field, and more widely in supporting young people with their mental health. I am going on to complete the MSc Psychology and Education (Conversion) here at the School of Education. I hope to continue research with both practitioners as they are core within treatment and, importantly, with young people themselves. They are the true experts and I would hope to give their lived experience a voice in the future.”

Congratulations on your prize, Claire, you should feel very proud!

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