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Cian Tudur Siôn

After graduating with a First Class honours in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Warwick University, I was very keen to continue with academic study. I was fortunate enough to receive a generous grant from the James Pantyfedwen Foundation to study for a MLitt in Moral, Political and Legal Philosophy at St Andrews University – a wonderful opportunity considering the renowned status of the University itself and the strength of its philosophy department.

The course itself included a variety of modules, from epistemology and linguistically philosophy to more contemporary approaches including ethical questions deriving from climate change and global poverty. The opportunity to integrate philosophy with contemporary topics was a unique element of the course and one I thoroughly enjoyed. It was also fantastic to discuss and present ideas amongst staff and other students who shared my enthusiasm for the subject. I was awarded first class marks for each element of the first part of the course.

During the last three months of the year I worked on a research project evaluating the risks of developing artificial intelligence technology and discussing possibly strategies for the future. This was a very contemporary field, and I profited greatly for the expertise of the staff and especially my supervisor, Dr Theron Pummer.

Completing the course has cemented by desire to research further in the field, and the skills I honed during the course has put me in great stead for further opportunities. Thank you very much to the Foundation for its support and generosity.