Budding barrister wins prestigious scholarship

Abigail Holden (PR)

20 April 2018

  • Abigail Holden wins the Thomas More Scholarship from Lincoln’s Inn worth £14,500.
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A Worcestershire law student has beaten stiff competition to win a prestigious scholarship worth £14,500.

Aston University student Abigail Holden, from Bewdley, was awarded the Thomas More Scholarship from Lincoln’s Inn – one of four Inns of Court and the largest by student count. It will cover her fees for the Bar Professional Training Course, which will allow her to qualify as a barrister.

The scholarship was awarded to Abigail following her application and interview before senior barristers of the Inn. The award reflects Abigail’s intellectual abilities and her clear commitment to pursuing a career as a barrister.

Abigail said: “I am extremely grateful to Lincoln's Inn for providing me with such a generous scholarship.

“The interview was one of the most challenging experiences I have encountered. I am extremely thankful for the advice I received from lecturer, Adam Shaw-Mellors, who provided me with guidance and support from his previous experiences, which I needed when completing the application process.

“This scholarship has increased my confidence dramatically, as it shows that you can achieve anything with hard work and determination.”

Adam Shaw-Mellors, law lecturer at Aston University, said: “I am delighted Abigail has received this award. Abigail has embraced the activities available to students in Aston Law School, such mooting and the student law society. Her academic successes and her participation in numerous extra-curricular activities means she has developed an outstanding profile, which this award reflects.”


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About Aston University

Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston is a long established university led by its three main beneficiaries – students, business and the professions, and our region and society. Aston University is located in Birmingham and at the heart of a vibrant city and the campus houses all the university’s academic, social and accommodation facilities for our students.  Professor Alec Cameron is the Vice Chancellor & Chief Executive.

Aston has been a leading university for graduate employment success for over 25 years and our students do extremely well in securing top jobs and careers.  Our strong relationships with industry partners mean we understand the needs of employers, which is why we are also ranked in the top 20 for graduate employability.

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