Collecting his degree, Tom Merriman added another success story to his growing list of accomplishments.
The 21 year old from Thame, gained a degree with first class honours in religious studies at the University of Chester.
He also received the Astbury Prize for consistently producing a high standard of academic work at the university’s Valedictory Awards in June.
Tom was one of the founding members of the Hollybank Society and the friendly face at the reception of Chester Students’ Union.
He said: “The Hollybank Society was set up with two main aims.
“We wanted to create a community within the department of theology and religious studies and to develop its social life and space. It is very much about the students and staff taking ownership of the life of the department.”
Since the start of this academic year, the society has been setting up a series of debates and conferences centred on addressing the key religious issues.
“We also organise monthly socials which bring lecturers and students together to enjoy the community and life of the department,” he said.
“It’s been a real pleasure to have been one of the driving forces behind this and it’s been nice to see it grow with the full support of the staff and students.”
Once he has finished his MA, the former Lord Williams’s School pupil plans to travel before starting a PhD and embarking on a career in academia.