UWE Bristol Law students win 'Speaking Championship' in Cambodia

Issue date: 01 February 2013

UWE students in Cambodia

Three law students from UWE Bristol have just returned triumphant from Cambodia after winning the International Springboard-Kaplan English Speaking Championship 2013.

The event took place at Chatomok Convention Hall, Phnom Penh on 24 January 2013.

Hazel Brayden, the winner, received a cash prize of $250 which she donated to the Harpswell Foundation, a charity whose mission is to increase access to education for young women in Cambodia, Ashley-Daisy Collins came second and Adam Bancroft was runner up. The prizes were awarded by the British Ambassador, Mark Gooding.

Hazel Braydon is in her 2nd year and Ashley and Adam are in their final year studying for the LLB Law qualification.

The students were selected after taking place in an audition where they spoke on the topic of 'University Fees' for five minutes in front of law lecturers Eleanor Harries and Mark O'Brien.

Ashley-Daisy Collins said, “The competition gave me the opportunity to practice and enhance advocacy skill, to think on the spot and work under pressure. I no longer worry about making presentations for my course assessments. I met some very interesting people at the British Ambassador's house including government ministers and school presidents. Whilst there I had an interesting conversation with a lawyer who first went to Cambodia to work on the Khmer Rouge treaties.”

Adam Bancroft said, “The speaking competition was a great experience that will help me in future public speaking events, mooting and job interviews. The visit to Cambodia has been an incredible experience; it is a beautiful country with really friendly and hospitable people.”

The trip to Cambodia was sponsored by the University enabling a small group of students to take part in the competition where they represented UWE Bristol at school visits and the Springboard UK Education Fair. The students spent a day at Norton University in Phnom Penh, visited the British Ambassador and went on a trip to Siem Riep to see the temple complex at Angkor Wat.

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