Poppy Price wins the 2018 Rachel McLean Prize

13th June 2018
Rachel McLean Award 2018

The Rachel McLean Prize is awarded annually to the member of St Hilda's Junior Common Room who has 'improved JCR life and/or raised the profile of the JCR student community within the University'. Madeleine Hancock, JCR Vice President, read out the list of shortlisted nominees, Ed Maclean (Music, 2015), Ruth Cox (English, 2016), Amber Sparks (History, 2016), and Poppy Price (Classics, 2015), before announcing Poppy as the winner:

“...Finally, we come to the well-deserved winner of this great award. This person has been a wonderful presence in the JCR this year for many reasons. She took on the roles of LGBTQ+ officer and president of the Classics society with zeal and devotion, as well as contributing significantly to the JCR redesign committee. She has made members of the LGBTQ+ community feel welcome, safe and proud of their identity through teas, drinks and a fantastic Queer BOP, for Hilda’s and members of other colleges alike, to which she devoted enormous amounts of time and energy over two terms. She ensures her presence in the JCR regularly, despite offsite, and is always happy to take new students to LGBTQ+ drinks in other colleges if they haven’t been before so they are not nervous; she is always a friendly face and a positive influence and tackles issues in the most proactive manner. Even this week, she has put significant effort into organising a present for the leaving Bar Manager, a task which no one else took on. She has also gone above and beyond for welfare for JCR members. She is a committed Peer Supporter and regularly hosts “biscuit club”, a drop-in session for any member of the JCR. She also arranged a ‘mods reassurance tea’ for the second-year classicists before their exams. Many have commented on the accomplishment of this year’s Queer Bop which was an incredible event with student comfort and expression at the forefront. She is a much-loved and appreciated member of St Hilda’s and her enthusiasm and positivity have had a great influence on many others."

Poppy is pictured here (second left) with our Principal, Professor Sir Gordon Duff, and her fellow nominees, Amber and Ruth (photo by Lara Breckon, Modern Languages, 2016). We thank them for bringing so much to our College community. Congratulations to all nominees, especially Poppy.