Sheffield student in the money with competition win

Lizzy Hunt, of Milkround, left, presents the cheque to student Emma Blake
Lizzy Hunt, of Milkround, left, presents the cheque to student Emma Blake
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A Sheffield student who penned an article about the role a university education plays in your career has had her work published by The Sunday Times.

Sheffield University law student Emma Blake won the national Sunday newspaper’s prestigious student journalism prize – which included a £5,000 prize fund.

The 22-year-old will put the funds towards a legal practice course, her next step towards her dream career as a lawyer.

Emma, who is originally from Cheshire but is based in Sheffield city centre, said: “It’s pretty crazy to know I’m the winner. It does feel amazing. I’ve had a very good reaction from family and friends so I feel pretty good.”

The competition was open to students across the country and asked entrants to answer in 500 words: “How confident do you feel about your future career and how do you think university is helping you?”

Emma’s entry was judged the best out of 3,000 submitted.

Alexandra Sydney of graduate careers website Milkround, which helped judge the entries, said: “University fees continue to be a challenge for today’s students and hopefully supporting Emma in this way will allow her to really focus on her future.”