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Presentation of First Farsons Dissertation Award
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The first Farsons Award for Masters dissertations in conservation and cultural heritage has been awarded to Ms Janice Borg, for her dissertation titled 'Further Studies of the Use of Linseed Oil on Building Materials, with particular reference to Globigerina Limestone'.

The Award was set up in February 2014, as part of a Memorandum of Understanding between Simonds Farsons Cisk plc, the Farsons Foundation and the University of Malta. The MoU envisages that Farsons will fund an award of EUR 1,000, for three successive years, which will be awarded to a Masters graduate from the Department of Conservation and Built Heritage.

The presentation of the Award took place on 25 February 2015 following a public lecture at the Aula Magna of the Valletta Campus delivered by Professor Ing. Robert Ghirlando, a member of the Faculty of Engineering, and Director of the Institute of Sustainable Energy, on 'Malta's Industrial Heritage: Highlights and Challenges'.
The Farsons Dissertation Award was presented by Mr Michael Farrugia, Chief Business Development Officer at Simonds Farsons Cisk plc, and Trustee of the Farsons Foundation, together with Professor Alex Torpiano, Dean of the Faculty for the Built Environment. Mr Farrugia noted the high level of all dissertations that were considered for the Award. Professor Torpiano expressed the University’s appreciation to Farsons for making possible the Award, which celebrates and recognizes the achievements of its graduates.

All Masters dissertations completed with the Department of Conservation and Built Heritage, and for which the final result is published between 1 December 2014 and 30 November 2015, will be eligible for the next edition of the Award. Selection takes place on the basis of scope and originality of research; choice and correct use of research tools; coherence and clarity; applicability and relevance to cultural heritage and society; and academic excellence.

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Mr Michael Farrugia, Trustee of the Farsons Foundation, announcing the winner of the first Farsons Dissertation Award.
left to right: Mrs Antoinette Caruana (Simonds Farsons Cisk plc Company Secretary), Prof. Alex Torpiano (Dean, Faculty for the Built Environment), Mr Michael Farrugia (Trustee of the Farsons Foundation), Prof. JoAnn Cassar (Head, Department of the Built Heritage) and Prof. Ing. Robert Ghirlando (Director, Institute of Sustainable Energy)

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from left to right: Mr Michael Farrugia, Trustee of the Farsons Foundation, and Prof. Alex Torpiano, Dean of the Faculty for the Built Environment, presenting the Award to Ms Janice Borg.Farsons Award
Ms Janice Borg delivering a short address after receiving the Award


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