Skip to main content


Jacalyn and Professor Thorpe

Classics and Ancient History student receives Pro Vice Chancellor’s Award for Academic Excellence

First year Classics and Ancient History undergraduate, Ying Ting Jacalyn Leong met with Professor Andrew Thorpe, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of the College of Humanities, to receive the Pro Vice Chancellor’s Award for Academic Excellence. 

Jacalyn was recognised for her strong academic performance within the Humanities. INTO work in partnership with Higher Education institutions (including the University of Exeter), helping to equip international pre-application students with the skills they need to study at Undergraduate and Postgraduate level in the UK.

A celebratory tea was organised by the Classics and Ancient History department, and Jacalyn was also gifted with a book, as well as the award delivered by Professor Thorpe. Jacalyn said, ‘I am delighted to receive this award from the College of Humanities for my hard work, and am honoured that the Classics department took the time to celebrate my humble achievement. Both the award and the chance to know members of the faculty provided me with keen affirmation of my decision to study Ancient History, and spurs me to continue diligently contributing to this field’.

She continues, ‘This encouragement could not have come at a better time as I embark upon the next three years of study, and I hope that it will empower me with greater motivation and thirst for insight. I hope enjoy see more exceptional progress in my journey at Exeter and perhaps, if fate wills it, even stay on for a Master’s degree!’

Classics and Ancient History lecturer, Dr Sharon Marshall said, ‘We were delighted to hear of Jacalyn’s success in being awarded the Pro Vice Chancellor’s Award for Academic Excellence which is a remarkable achievement. Jacalyn’s passion for the ancient world already shines through and we are very much looking forward to nurturing that passion over the course of the next three years of her studies’.

Chloe Sharpe, Assistant Director (INTO Liaison) commented, ‘We really are incredibly proud of Jacalyn and the results she achieved on the INTO Foundation in Humanities Law and Social Sciences. Jacalyn worked consistently hard to achieve high results, was a pleasure to work with, and we wish her very success in her study in the College of Humanities’.

Finally, Professor Andrew Thorpe said, ‘I’m delighted to have been able to make this presentation to Jacalyn. The fact that people of Jacalyn’s calibre come here to study is sure proof of Exeter’s status as a global institution, and it’s great that INTO helps us recruit such able students’.

For more information about INTO at the University of Exeter, please visit their website.

Date: 17 October 2016

Read more University News