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Dr Greg Wells UG Essay Prize

The Dr Greg Wells Undergraduate Essay and Dissertation Prizes

The Centre for the Study of the Renaissance is pleased to confer the Dr Greg Wells prizes upon scholarly work of outstanding merit, quality and value in the field of Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

Three separate prizes will be awarded by the Centre to undergraduates of outstanding academic merit, based at the University of Warwick: one award will be at intermediate-year level, and one at final-year level, for an essay of between 2000 and 5000 words, on any subject within the broader scope of Medieval or Renaissance studies. A third award is reserved for an undergraduate dissertation in the same field. The awards include a prize of £50 each. The prizes will be announced and given out at a suitable departmental function during the Summer Graduation ceremony period.

Conditions of entry  

The essay or dissertation must have been written in the current academic year by an undergraduate student enrolled at the University of Warwick. (Work written by Erasmus+ students enrolled for the full academic year also qualifies.) The essay or dissertation must be entered for the Prize in the original, unrevised state in which it was submitted to the candidate’s lecturer or tutor, or to a relevant electronic platform such as Tabula.

Submission must be made through the student’s personal tutor, course convenor, module tutor, or dissertation supervisor/coordinator. It is expected that tutors will put only the most promising essays or dissertations forward, typically 1 middle or high first-class entry per specialist module with a cohort of up to 10 students, or up to 2 for larger groups.

An electronic copy of each entry and a coversheet should be emailed by the personal tutor, module tutor, course convenor or dissertation supervisor/coordinator, to Please note that the readers for the prize will not see the student’s or module tutor’s name, marks awarded, or any departmental comments or feedback.

The essays and dissertations will be judged against the faculty-wide criteria for knowledge, argumentation and presentation or style, with special attention being paid to originality (either in approach or source material) and intellectual ambition or scope, and – where relevant – cross-disciplinary appeal.

The closing date for receipt of entries is typically early June. Dates for 2020 are yet to be confirmed.