[Press and Publications] What a Triumph! University of Leicester Graduate Overcomes More Difficulties Than Most



July 2001

No. 79

Most students find it challenging enough to take a degree. But Emma Lister not only coped with a liver transplant during her final year, but went on to achieve a first-class BA degree in History of Art.

Her academic performance has won her the Luke Herrmann award for the best undergraduate performance and the Hilda Willis Memorial Prize for the best undergraduate dissertation (each award shared with a fellow student).

Emma, who has cystic fibrosis, said: “I was just so glad to graduate. It was a difficult year and I am grateful to everybody at the University for their support. I feel I am very lucky.”

This has been a ‘bumper’ year for History of Art. For the first time in living memory five students have achieved first-class degrees, and the overall standard of degree results has been very high.

Head of Department Dr Phillip Lindley said: “This has been a year of excellent results but Emma’s achievement, in the face of serious health problems, has been absolutely outstanding. We are all full of admiration for her tremendous achievement.”

Note to editors: Further information is available from Dr Phillip Lindley, Head of Department of History of Art, University of Leicester, tel 0116 252 2840, email pgl1@le.ac.uk. Emma Lister can be contacted by tel 01279 876613.


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