The University of Essex Model UN Society is rejoicing after achieving several awards at an international competition.

A group of 15 students participated in the London International Model United Nations (LIMUN), Europe's largest Model UN conference.

It is a platform which engages students from more than 50 countries.

Among the victors from Essex, four savoured the taste of success, with two of the accolades being diplomacy awards, celebrated for the finest performance in debates and negotiations.

Leading the team was Tari Seif, a politics and international relations student, who said: "I am very pleased with how the whole team performed, and everyone really enjoyed themselves.

"This conference provided a unique opportunity for Essex delegates to showcase their skills and talent."

Before the event, the Essex team immersed themselves in an eight-week training programme to learn the rules and proceedings of the debate, and perform foreign policy research.

Tari added: "The event was very challenging as it pushed every member of the team out of their comfort zone."

Among the proud victors from Essex were students Neemah Balogun and Ylenia Piccolo, who won Most Improved Delegate and received an Honourable Mention, respectively.