Each year CIFE awards prizes to the 30 or so very best students from its member colleges, and we’re delighted that DLD students have won three of them in 2016! Students collected their prizes from CIFE President Lord Lexden at the awards ceremony in the House of Lords

DLD-College-student-Gaia-Racca-with-Lord-LexdenGaia Racca was awarded a CIFE Prize for Economics. She is an exceptionally able student. Multilingual in Italian, English, French and Spanish, she came from Italy to study at DLD for one term, but stayed for the complete two year programme.  She brought with her a European perspective, and an impressive willingness to challenge assumptions.

In Economics, Gaia supported her studies by following economic events in the media, resulting in an awareness of conflicting viewpoints and the complexity of issues.  Her knowledge of the changes taking place in the international monetary system and their implications for world order enriched her study of A level Politics. This led to a real aptitude for Business where she attained 96.8%. Gaia achieved A*A*A* in Business, Government & Politics and Economics. She is now studying International Relations at King’s College London.

Alexandra Reid received the CIFE Prize for Social Sciences.

DLD-student-Alexandra-Reid-receives-CIFE-PrizeAlexandra is a perfect example of self-discipline, focus and perseverance in the face of obstacles, and made excellent progress throughout her time at DLD. Additionally, she was a very supportive and successful mentor for a younger student with learning difficulties and language issues.  Alexandra’s marked talent in essay-writing stood her in good stead in her A level subjects, whilst her excellent contributions to class discussions were highly valued. Her performance in A level Politics is especially note-worthy where she achieved 398 out of 400 possible marks across her four modules. Taking A level Religious Studies in just one year, she narrowly missed an A*.

Having secured A*AAA in Politics, History, Religious Studies and English Literature, Alexandra is now at King’s College, London studying Economics.

Evelina Polyakov won a CIFE college award for her outstanding contribution to life at DLD.

DLD-student-Evelina-Polyakov-receives-CIFE-PrizeEvelina was DLD’s top performing student in 2015, with grades of A*A*A*A*A in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Biology. Evelina was a remarkable student, with a genuine love of science.  Insatiably curious, insisting on understanding concepts at a deep level rather than merely accepting taught facts, she showed interest in many topics beyond the scope of her courses.  Her overall UMS was 97.8% for Physics! Evelina threw herself into College life, a stalwart of the Maths Club and a memorable cast member of the DLD Christmas production. She loved to help other students and coach them when they needed an extra hand.

Evelina has impressed us all with her determination to achieve her goals and will read Natural Science at Murray Edwards College, Cambridge next year.