IELTS Award 2021 poster

Thomas Tsichtis is the winner of IELTS Award 2021

The £10,000 British Council IELTS Award has been given for the seventh consecutive year. The Award is designed to assist a high-calibre individual who has a strong motivation to develop his/her career and who can also demonstrate that he/she has the potential to contribute to society with his/her studies.

The application process ran for four months, with approximately 250 successful applications meeting the criteria set. After an initial pre-screening stage, which involved close evaluation of all the criteria and each candidate’s personal statement, five applicants were selected to go through to the interview stage with representatives from the British Council's IELTS and Education teams.

At the final evaluation stage, Thomas Tsichtis was selected as the winner of the IELTS Award 2021. Thomas will study for an MSc in Social and Cultural Psychology in the 2021-22 academic year at the university of his choice: the London School of Economics and Political Science in the UK. The British Council with the £10,000 IELTS Award 2021 will cover part of his tuition fees.

Thomas holds a Psychology degree from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He chose to pursue a postgraduate degree in Social and Cultural Psychology at the London School of Economics and Political Science because he believes that this is a unique opportunity to cultivate his skills and further his knowledge as a prospective practitioner in the field of educational and clinical psychology.

Through his MSc in Social and Cultural Psychology, Thomas aspires to study the social and psychological processes through which children participate and inhabit our problematic shared world. As he said, ‘In terms of personal development, by attending this programme I will benefit from rigorous training in social developmental processes relating to the psychological growth, well-being and rights of children. Professionally, it will allow me to engage in educational and legal contexts, and reform both content and processes around issues of healthy child development, child support and protection’.

As the IELTS Award 2021 winner, Thomas will be a true IELTS ambassador, networking within the IELTS community and sharing his experience with other students wishing to pursue higher education studies.

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