Students Recognised for Contributions to College Life

19 June 2024

Postgraduate Ishbel Henderson and undergraduate Juan Arcos Sterling have been given awards for their contribution to the life of the college and JCR.

Primary Health Care Sciences DPhil student Ishbel Henderson has won the Stirling Boyd Prize, which is awarded annually to the student whose attainments and influence on the life of the College are, in the opinion of the President and Fellows, of the highest value. Ishbel’s nominations recognised her work as an ambassador for the college as former MCR President, Junior Dean, and helping to run the MCR Research Showcase events, among other contributions.

Ishbel says of winning the prize: ‘I feel honoured to have been selected for the Stirling Boyd Prize and would like to thank all the people who nominated me. Despite being a small college, Trinity has a huge sense of community and so many really wonderful people. The more involved I get in college life, the more I consistently get back in return. Being part of a college has been my favourite part of Oxford, and as a Junior Dean I'm especially lucky to be part of the MCR and the SCR, where I am very fortunate in having made some amazing lifelong friends. This year, I particularly enjoyed the MCR research showcases, especially appreciating all the kind support from JCR, SCR, and staff members.’

Chemistry undergraduate Juan Arcos Sterling has been given the David Evers Prize by the JCR; this prize was established by an anonymous Old Member of Trinity, in memory of a friend and fellow Trinity Old Member. The prize is awarded annually by election by Trinity undergraduates for one of their fellow students who ‘best exhibits the fellowship, sportsmanship, character, generosity and good-humour which gives substance to the distinctive Trinity style’. Juan’s role as a welfare representative and interim JCR President were noted in particular.