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Anglo-Portuguese Society announces Cardiff graduate as winner of annual student award

19 September 2018

The first cohort of students to study Portuguese at the School pictured here with Programme Director, Dr Rhian Atkin (centre) and Louise Ormerod (third from left).
The first cohort of students to study Portuguese at the School pictured here with Programme Director, Dr Rhian Atkin (centre) and Louise Ormerod (third from left).

A Modern Languages graduate who joined the School as a novice Portuguese speaker has been announced as the winner of a prestigious best student award.

Louise Ormerod, who graduated this year as part of the first cohort of students to study Portuguese at the School, was awarded the Ann Waterfall prize by the Anglo –Portuguese Society (APS) who present the award each year to the best student of Portuguese. The prize is in memory of Ann Waterfall, who served as the Society’s Secretary for 20 years.

Students from universities across the UK are nominated for the prize by their teachers or lecturers, and the nominations are jointly reviewed by the Portuguese Embassy and trustees of the APS.

Louise, who achieved a first-class honours after studying Portuguese and Spanish, will be presented with her award this October in a ceremony held at the Residence of H.E. The Portuguese Ambassador, Manuel Lobo Antunes. Louise will receive £1,000 and a year’s membership to the APS.

Louise Ormerod
Louise Ormerod

Speaking of her achievement Louise said, “I am truly delighted to have been selected for this year’s Anglo-Portuguese Society Prize. It really is the cherry on the cake after graduating with first-class honours in BA (Hons) Portuguese and Spanish in July. Four years ago I started Portuguese at beginner level, therefore I am honoured to have been given such a prestigious award for my achievements in the study of Portuguese.”

“I would like to thank Dr Rhian Atkin and Ms Licínia Pereira for all their academic support, without which this would not have been possible. I hope to continue to build on my academic achievements in Portuguese as I pursue the MA in Translation Studies at Cardiff University later this month.”

Dr Rhian Atkin, programme director for Portuguese, said, “We are extremely proud of what all of our students have achieved in their studies and beyond, and it has been a pleasure to work with every one of them over the last four years as we have established the Portuguese programme together. We give our warmest congratulations to each of them on their graduation, and additional parabéns to Louise on this prestigious award. We wish all of our graduates the very best for their futures, and we look forward to hearing about their adventures.”

Portuguese is available at the School of Modern Languages at beginner and advanced levels and can be taken as a joint honours programme with French, German, Italian or Spanish.