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Dee Amy-Chinn Prize

The Centre for Gender and Feminist Studies offers two prizes annually for excellence in gender and feminist studies here at Stirling. Named for our founder - Dee Amy-Chinn – these prizes are awarded in June (for undergraduate work) and November (for taught postgraduate work) and we accept nominations from all degree programmes across the University.

We are delighted to announce the joint winners of the 2017 postgraduate prize: Rebecca Jones (MLitt in Gender Studies (Applied)), and Bethany Avery (Msc in Strategic Communication and Public Relations). Rebecca’s winning dissertation is entitled Blogs, Bodies and Beasts: Feminism and Animal Rights Discourse in Online Spaces. The judges noted that Rebecca had an impressive grasp of complex theoretical positions and was able to integrate these well to produce an original analysis. Bethany’s dissertation – The Experiences of Women in Scottish Public Relations – offered an original study of how gender plays out in the public relations sphere, engaging with a group who have not previously been studied in this way. The judges were impressed with the standard of both dissertations and offer our congratulations to the winners as well as to the other nominees.

Earlier this year, we awarded the 2017 undergraduate prize to Yvonne McGregor (BA Hons Film and Media) and Judit Villena Rodo (Bachelor of Laws with Honours). Yvonne’s winning dissertation is entitled ‘It is about ethics in video game journalism: a gender representation and portrayal study of contemporary videogame journalism content.’ The judges were extremely impressed with Yvonne’s understanding of her chosen topic (computer gaming and associated journalism), the clarity, originality and perceptiveness of her critical engagement with that topic, her meticulous attention to methodology and presentation and her ability to contextualise the theme in relation to pressing issues of feminist concern

Judit’s winning dissertation is entitled ‘The impact of Gender Stereotyping on the Human Rights of Domestic Abuse Victims. An Analysis of Gender Stereotyping in Scottish Domestic Abuse Proceedings in Light of the CEDAW Committee's Jurisprudence.’ The judges noted that while this dissertation was clearly excellent in terms of general presentation and critical engagement, it made a particularly impressive case as to why the analysis of what is meant by gender stereotyping, matters so much within a legal framework. They felt that the writer had produced a genuinely important a nd somewhat original piece of work detailing how the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Domestic Violence Against Women has (or has not) been enacted, making a potentially useful contribution to discussions around issues of violence against women and girls (VAWG) in the local Scottish as well as the broader context.

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The standard of nominations was incredibly high and we’d like to extend our congratulations to everyone who was nominated, as well as to Yvonne and Judit. We know that Dee would have been as inspired as we were to see such fantastic work from Stirling undergraduates.

Previous winners

Previous winners of the Dee Amy-Chinn Prize for Gender Studies:

2016 Undergraduate: Shared

Jenni Keenan (BSc Hons Criminology and Sociology) for the dissertation: 'A Place of Refuge: An Evaluative Study of the Services Provided by Rape Crisis Scotland to Survivors of Sexual Violence'.


Sarah Young (BA Hons Journalism) for the journalism project: 'Sexual Violence in Scotland'.

In an incredibly strong field, these pieces of work stood out for their applied nature and ambition to shift perceptions and support service provision in this area. Huge congratulations to Jenni and Sarah and to all the other nominees on their fantastic achievements.

2016 Postgraduate

Kylie Grant (MSc Gender Studies): From liberation to limitation – an exploration of women’s experiences with the oral contraceptive pill.

2015 Postgraduate: Shared

Rachel Adamson (MSc Gender Studies): Towards an alternative: A feminist critical policy analysis exploring the impact of neoliberalism on gender equality in Scottish higher education


Elizabeth-Anne Graham (MRes Social Science): Intellectual contests? Gender inequality and identity in the game of bridge

2015: Undergraduate winners (shared)

Janine Mitchell – for the Creative Writing dissertation 'Helena – The Literary Representation of Boer Women During the Second Anglo-Boer War, 1899-1902'.


Anudath Samaraweera – for the Sociology dissertation 'An Exploration of Non-Heterosexual Male Experiences of Homophobic Hate Crime in Scotland and Attitudes Towards Police'.

2014: Postgraduate winner

Joanna McCafferty – for the Film Studies dissertation 'Steve McQueen: The Body, Excess and Representation'.

2014: Undergraduate winner

Emma Smith – for the English Literature dissertation 'The Coming Out Novel: Questioning Heteronormativity in Society'.

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