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PIR alum wins the Sir William Darling Memorial Prize

Our recent graduate, Nishad Sanzagiri, took home a top University prize at this fall's Welcome Ceremony.

Nishad Sanzagiri, a 2017 graduate in PIR, recently won the University's prestigious Sir William Darling Memorial Prize, which is given 'to such student in the University of Edinburgh, who, in the opinion of the Principal of that University for the time being, shall by his conduct, his example, his scholarship, or his pre-eminence in sport, have done in any year most to advance or enhance the reputation of the University.'

University Principal, Prof. Timothy O'Shea, noted Nishad's contributions to campus life, in particular his leadership of the Model UN Society and the Edinburgh Quantitative Research Society, and his pivotal contributions in creating the latter. Nishad also played a key role in developing Peer Assisted Learning (PALS) for the SPS 'with Quantitative Methods' degrees. You can see Prof. O'Shea's award remarks here, and Nishad's own remarks here (you might also remember Nishad from previous news items, when he was presenting his dissertation research to last spring's PSA conference).

Since graduating, it hasn't been all awards and ceremonies for Nishad, though. He is already hard at work on a postgraduate degree in South Asian politics within the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies at the University of Oxford. No rest for the victorious. Our most hearty congratulations to Nishad Sanzagiri!