Tom Bingham Memorial Essay Prize Competition Winner Announced

The Rt Hon Lord Bingham of Cornhill

The Rt Hon Lord Bingham of Cornhill

It is with great excitement that the OU Law Society and OU Law School jointly annouce the winner of the 2015 Tom Bingham Memorial Essay Prize Competition.

A huge congratulations must go to David Lilburn who was awarded this year’s title. David studied W301 at the time of entering the competition and takes away the £250 prize.

The two very worthy runners-up, Kirsty Paget and Keith Palling, took £100 each. Here’s what they had to say:

Kirsty Paget (runner up):

“I am thrilled to be chosen as a runner up for the Tom Bingham memorial essay competition as I didn’t think I would have a chance, being a first year student with no previous experience of studying law. Working full time as a learning disability support worker whilst studying two modules full time has been challenging, so having my essay chosen for a prize has just added validation to all of the hard work over the last year. I have met amazing people such as my tutor Caroline Ingram, who has been incredibly supportive and made my first year of study less daunting, plus she has great book recommendations.

“Returning to study as a mature student and working full time was overwhelming at first but I have found ways to manage, with my employer being flexible and it has been so enjoyable. This prize has given me a new level of enthusiasm for my second year and I’m looking forward to October to see what W202 and W203 will bring.”

Keith Palling (runner up):

“I started my LLB full-time in 2014 at the age of 71, after a career in IT with a multinational oil company and the NHS. I have a BSc in Engineering but Law has always interested me and I was impressed by the OU offerings. Having completed my first year, I can definitely say that although it was hard work, the quality of the material and the support and feedback from Tutors were excellent.

“I am retired and do voluntary work two days a week, but still found it possible to cope with two 60-credit modules in parallel. The cost is not negligible, especially if one doesn’t qualify for any financial support, but for those who doubt their ability to do an OU degree I say ‘go for it’.”

More about the competition:

The competition, set up by previous OULS Chair, Amy Woolfson, and then Head of Law at the OU, Geoff Peters, was kindly judged by Shami Chakrabarti, director of the human rights campaign group Liberty.

The late Rt Hon Lord Bingham of Cornhill is recognised as one of the most pre-eminent judges of recent times, having served as Master of the Rolls, Lord Chief Justice and as Senior Lord of Appeal. His prize winning book, The Rule of Law, remains a favourite with Law students at all levels.

Planning for the 2016 competition is currently underway. More information about this year’s competition can be found on the OU Law School Website.


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