Students win prizes in national competition

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TWO graduates from the University of Portsmouth have won highly competitive national prizes for their in-depth understanding of modern France.

Danielle Hayter, 23, and Liam Jones, 24, graduated this year with first-class degrees from the School of Languages and Area Studies.

It is the first time a single university has won both prizes in the competition, which is organised by the Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France.

Danielle, now studying for her masters in International Relations and European studies, won the Brian Darling Prize for the best undergraduate essay in French studies.

Liam won the Douglas Johnson Prize for the best dissertation on a French subject.

His study analysed the motives behind increased Franco-German economic integration in Europe from 1982-1995 and its consequences.

Liam is now working as an English teacher in a French university.