Leamington pupil wins university competition with human trafficking essay

Campion School pupil Gurpreet Dhaliwal (centre) with BBC journalist Priya Patel and Dr Anil Awesti from the University of Warwick.
Campion School pupil Gurpreet Dhaliwal (centre) with BBC journalist Priya Patel and Dr Anil Awesti from the University of Warwick.
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A Campion School pupil’s essay on human trafficking has won her a Warwick University law competition and a paid internship with an online human rights magazine.

Gurpreet Dhaliwal was on of 25 pupils from schools in the region to take part in a sixth-month programme with the university’s law school, during which she took part in intensive Saturday workshops and attended lectures.

As part of the scheme, she entered a competition to write a 2,500-word essay on the theme of social justice. Gurpreet’s winning essay, ‘Human Trafficking, an underworld crime’, will be published on the university’s online magazine, Lacuna, where she will take part in a paid internship over the summer.

After being presented with her award by BBC journalist Priya Patel and Dr Anil Awesti from the university, Gurpreet said: “I didn’t expect to win at all so it’s a great surprise.”

Claudi Geraghty, also from Campion, was selected as a runner-up for her essay, ‘The United Kingdom of the homeless’.

Campion teacher Steve Bolsover said: “The competition was a big confidence boost to our two winning pupils - and to our school to get both Gurpreet and Claudi recognised for their essay-writing skills.”