Asian Studies

Student prizes and awards

A list of students awards from various national and international events.

13th Japanese speech contest

From Japanese studies, Hester Mullen (4th year) and Peter Adolfsson (4th year) competed against applicants from 17 universities across the UK and made it to the final of the 13th BATJ Japanese Speech Contest held in King’s college in London on February 24. Two out of the six national finalists in the Speech Category came from Edinburgh University this year and Hester won first prize in the final. Both Hester and Peter impressed the judges and audience with not only their excellent speeches but also their ability to answer questions and discuss difficult complicated issues fluently in Japanese.



All of the four Edinburgh students of Chinese who participated in the 16th Annual UK Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency Competition reached the final (of ten students in total) and one brought a first prize home to Edinburgh. Olivia Contini was awarded a third place prize, Jozette Allan won the prize for Most Creative, Will Mitchell for Best Performance, and Christopher McNulty, who was only in second year, won first place, after his outstanding Kunqu performance! He went to China in the summer to participate in the worldwide Chinese Bridge Competition.

Federica Sala, a former student of our Master of Chinese Studies programme, made it to the final of the 2017 China-based national Chinese language teaching competition "Chinese Language Teaching Idols" (汉教英雄会). The competition involved selected Chinese and foreign students doing the Chinese Master of Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (汉语国际教育硕士) all over China and tested the candidates' teaching skills as well as their knowledge and understanding of Chinese culture. Frederica represented both Nankai University and the University of Edinburgh alongside the Confucius Institute for Scotland until the final of the competition and in the end ranked fourteenth out of 700 candidates.   



James Mabbutt (3rd year) won the first round of the Chinese Bridge Competition in Jinan for Shandong Province and will be flying the flag for The University of Edinburgh in the live final in Beijing this summer.



A team of three 4th-year students took part in 14th UK Chinese Bridge this year: Riona Lesslar (Economics and Chinese), Caitlin Todd (Chinese) and Anna Lykkeberg (Chinese). Riona won the Second Prize and went to China in the summer to compete in the global final, along with three other UK university students. Both Caitlin and Anna also impressed the audience and judges with their outstanding language skills and artistic talents.



37 contestants from 17 UK universities competed in this year's 13th Annual UK 'Chinese Bridge' held in London on March 22. Representing The University of Edinburgh were our 4th year students James Mabbutt, Ieva Nagyte and Marta Hennig, accompanied and coached by Dr Zhu Zhu. All three made it to the final and, ahead of students from Oxford University, SOAS and other universities, James took the Grand Prize (top prize) with Ieva taking the First Prize and Marta taking the Best Knowledge Prize. Dr Zhu Zhu was also awarded the Best Tutor Prize.

  • James Mabbutt - Grand Prize
  • Ieva Nagyte - First Prize
  • Marta Hennig - Best Knowledge Prize
  • Dr Zhu Zhu - Best Tutor