Vasilios Oikonomou and Christina Diamandara, winners of the IELTS Award 2017
Vasilios Oikonomou and Christina Diamandara, winners of the IELTS Award 2017

Meet the winners of the IELTS Award 2017

The British Council IELTS Award has been given for the third 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 procedure ran for six months with more than 340 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, Vasilios Oikonomou was selected as the overall winner of the IELTS Award 2017. Vasilios will study for a postgraduate MRes degree in Chemistry in the 2017–18 academic year at the university of his choice: Lancaster University in the UK. The IELTS Award 2017 and the British Council will cover his tuition fees.

Vasilios’ research will be based on bio-synthetic materials as augmented human organs, which he describes as ‘the area that intrigues me the most as I imagine that in the future it might be possible for everyone to have their own organ library.’

This year, in addition to the payment of the overall winner’s tuition fees at the university of his choice, the British Council has decided to allocate part of the amount remaining from the total £10,000 available through the Award to Christina Diamandara, selected as the runner-up, to cover the cost of the fees for her studies at the American Film Institute Conservatory in the USA. Christina will study for a Master of Fine Arts degree in Film Directing.

Christina has already won first prize in the Local Short Film Festival. Her ambition is to promote her country’s ideals and values, and to help tell the unheard stories of today’s Greeks.

As the IELTS Award 2017 winners, both Vasilios and Christina will be the true IELTS ambassadors, networking within the IELTS community and sharing their experience with other students wishing to pursue higher education studies.

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