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Student winners announced in Guardian awards

Three of the top prizes at the Guardian Student Media Awards last night were won by the University of Cardiff.

The university’s Gair Rhydd was named newspaper of the year, judges describing it as “a very well executed broadsheet”.

Another of its publications, Quench, won magazine of the year, the judges hailing it as “a lively, fun look at student life with strong features, good listings and impressive interviews”.

Its editor, James Anthony, scooped the top award, student journalist of the year, to win himself a six-week work placement at the Guardian.

The judges included Channel 4 newsman Jon Snow, Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger, broadcasters Mark Lawson and John Inverdale, Newsnight’s Martha Kearney, Sky News associate editor Simon Bucks and former Mirror editor Piers Morgan.

The winners were:

Overall student journalist of the year
James Anthony, Quench, Cardiff University

Student newspaper of the year
Winner: Gair Rhydd, Cardiff University
Runner-up: Nouse, University of York

Student magazine of the year
Winner: Quench, Cardiff University
Runner-up: Impact University of Nottingham

Student small budget publication of the year
Winner: Lippy, University of Leeds
Runner-up: Smiths, Goldsmiths College, London

Student reporter of the year in association with Sky News
Winner: Roger Waite, Oxford Student, University of Oxford
Runner-up: Jessica Salter, Leeds Student, University of Leeds

Student feature writer of the year
Winner: Steve Dineen, Glasgow University Guardian, University of Glasgow
Runner-up: Zoe Corbyn, Felix, Imperial College London

Student columnist of the year
Winner: Jonathan Bray York Vision, University of York
Joint runners-up: Daniel Calder, Student Direct, University of Manchester Peter Cardwell, Oxford Student, University of Oxford

Student website of the year
Winner:, London School of Economics
Runner-up:, University of Warwick

Student critic of the year
Winner: Laura Battle, The Student, University of Edinburgh
Runner-up: Matt Green, The Badger, University of Sussex

Student publication design of the year
Winner: Smiths , Goldsmiths College, London
Runner-up: Less Common, University of the Arts, London

Student diversity writer of the year
Winner: Sam Richardson, Varsity, University of Cambridge
Runner-up: Pooja Menon, Platform, Nottingham Trent University

Student travel writer of the year in association with easyJet
Winner: Robert Castell, Concrete, University of East Anglia
Runner-up: Silje Boyum, Degrees North Magazine, University of Sunderland

Student photographer of the year
Winner: Sheila Barry, Glasgow School of Art
Runner-up: Lisa Barnard, University of Brighton

Student sports writer of the year
Winner: Simon Osborn, York Vision, University of York
Runner-up: John Donaldson, Glasgow University Magazine, University of Glasgow