Stonyhurst student wins Cambridge University history award

A SIXTH-FORM student at Stonyhurst College has won a prestigious Cambridge University essay prize – the Trinity College Robson History award.

A-level history student Patrick Hoffmann won first prize with his 4,000 word essay on "The significance of the fourth crusade" and has been invited to visit Cambridge with a view to reading history there. The prize of 600 is to be shared between Patrick and the Stonyhurst History Department.

"My ambition is to read history at university" said Patrick, who comes from Berlin and is a boarder at the Hurst Green college. "I chose this essay title from a list of 93 because I am particularly interested in Byzantine history. The letter in the holidays was a great surprise and I am delighted to have won."

Michael Turner, head of history at Stonyhurst, said: "This is a tremendous achievement; Patrick has a very bright future ahead of him."

The prize is in memory of Robert Robson, a fellow and tutor at Trinity College, and is awarded each year to Year 12 or lower sixth students.