Anna Secreti Memorial Essay

Anna Secreti Memorial Essay


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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.

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 her name commencing this year in 2020.  Due to Coronavirus, the winning essay for this year will not now be announced until the Autumn.

Michael feels that this is a gesture Anna would apprecite, 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 this award will be much welcomed by the winning student.

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.

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!

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’.

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