Anna Secreti Memorial Essay

Anna Secreti Memorial Essay – UPDATE: WINNER ANNOUNCED – 7/2/21

We are delighted to announce that the winner of the very first Anna Secreti memorial essay is Joseph Onuoha from the University of West London.

All at SOS send our congratulations to Joseph, who submitted an excellently researched and well structured essay.

Although Covid 19 delayed our announcement, it did not diminish Joseph’s brilliant efforts, which you can read at the end of this article – simply scroll to the end of the page until you reach it.

SOS was in part established in memory of Anna Secreti ( nee MANSFIELD ) who took her life by suicide in May 2015.   Our short film introduced by Ruby Wax is dedicated to her and to all those who work so hard in the field of suicide prevention.

Anna graduated from the University of West London (previously Thames Valley) and SOS now has a close working relationship with the University.

Over the last year 2019/20 we have attended a number of functions and a decision by Michael Mansfield and the University was taken to implement an annual essay prize in Anna’s name commencing in 2020.

Michael feels that this is a gesture Anna would appreciate, and it has certainly met with the approval of Anna’s husband, Carlo.  Anna always discussed about how difficult it was financially for those at University, so it is hoped the winning student gets a little financial boost during these difficult times.

The overarching context for the essay is the current global threat to universal and fundamental human rights.  Interestingly, this theme was decided upon early last year, long before we had even heard of Coronavirus!

The essay should include elements such as access to justice and civil rights, both of which Anna was passionate about and which are both under threat during these changed and challenging times.

Students will be asked to demonstrate, in words:

What do you think poses the biggest threat and

What do you feel you can do about it ?

Michael is sponsoring this annual memorial award which carries a £1000 prize for the student who submits the most innovative and structured essay around the stated themes.

The University expressed their thanks to Michael  ‘for his generosity towards our students and University’.

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We wish all students  the very best of luck with their essay entries.


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