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Childhood Studies student awarded RSA Edward Boyle Prize

8 October 2012 | Peter Edwards

Undergraduate Childhood Studies student, Ruth Spillman has been awarded third prize in the RSA Edward Boyle Competition. The RSA Edward Boyle Prize was created to reward vacation scholarship students who have shown progression and development during their placements.

Ruth completed a two year vacation scholarship placement with Dr Paula Clarke on the topic of ‘Supporting Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder to Read for Meaning’.

This placement involved conducting a literature review, carrying out observations in school and developing a computerised reading comprehension assessment. Ruth is one of the first Undergraduate Research Scholars connected to the Leeds Social Sciences Institute, a scheme which aims to  provide successful undergraduate students the opportunity to work with a research team in a supervised research environment.

On 27 June 2012, Ruth presented her work at a dinner at Weetwood Hall to other scholarship students and representatives from the University of Leeds and from business and industry.

Dr Clarke comments:

"Ruth gave a fantastic presentation and was awarded the third prize (£200). We are very proud of her hard work and achievements and thank her for the input she has given to our developing research in this area."

For more information about Ruth, visit the LSSI website's profile of her in their Undegraduate Research Scholarship Scheme section.

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