Association of Open University Graduates


The AOUG Chancellor Lord Asa Briggs Award for Arts

2014  Recipient Bijon Sinha

The 2014 Award winner was Bijon Sinha for “The Crete and Cretans of Euripides: Perceptions and Representations”. He was introduced by Dr James Robson. His thesis focused on Euripides’ dramatic representations of Crete, famous from myth, geography, art, literature and philosophy.
Bijon started his first OU course in 1989 and progressed from a Diploma in French and a BA (Honours) in Spanish to a Diploma, then a Masters in Classical Studies, and on to a PhD in the same field (all with the OU). OU qualifications enabled him to make a career change from an accountant in the early 1990s into academia, and gradually from part- to full-time teaching, as a College lecturer and then Course Leader.