4.4 University Awards and Prizes
The University will be offering a generous package of financial suport for full-time undergraduates starting their courses in 2012 and beyond. The Warwick scheme incorporates the government's National Scholarship Programme, but offers greater financial support, applies to all years of an undergraduate course and guarantees additional funding to all eligible students.
The scholarships are funded through the following sources generated by the Development and Alumni Relations Office:
- Annual Fund Telephone Campaign
- Friends of the University
- MISYS Charitable Foundation
- The Ogden Trust
- Warwick Alumni & Friends, some of whom fund individual scholarships including the Multi-Cultural Scholars' Programme
- GSK GlaxoSmithKline
- Anonymous Benefactors
- Honorary Graduates
Further details can be obtained from the Student Funding Team's website: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/academicoffice/funding/undergraduate/
International Office Scholarships
The International Office offers a range of bursaries each year to postgraduates and undergraduates. Some of the Awards are offered jointly with external agencies such as H.M. Government’s Chevening Programme, or corporate sponsors overseas. All information on these scholarships can be obtained from the website.
University of Warwick Music Scholarships
Up to ten scholarships are available for tenure by students of outstanding musical ability. Scholarships are awarded for the duration of a degree course, subject to conditions being fulfilled, on the basis of competitive auditions in the March prior to entry to Warwick. There are scholarships available for instrumentalists and singers. These include the Doug Gleig and Keith Bowen Scholarships. Full details are available from the Music Centre.
Outstanding Student Contribution Award
The University’s Outstanding Student Contribution Award (OSCA) aims to recognise truly exceptional achievements.Warwick's students are amongst the most active in the country, with thousands taking part in and running student societies, volunteering through Warwick volunteers, taking an active role in their learning through the SSLC system and the recent Institutional Review of Teaching and Learning. Some of our students, however, are truly exceptional. Not only do they excel academically, but they manage to find the time to campaign for good causes, raise enormous amounts of money for charities, start small business, and work with local charities.
Edwyn Charles Hart Memorial Prize
A prize established from the Beaumanoir-Hart estate to be awarded from time to time to undergraduates for outstanding work in any subject.
The Anonymous Bursary for Part-time Degree Students
A bursary scheme was established by a Warwick graduate who particularly wished to provide financial support for students studying on part-time degrees.
A number of awards are made through the Centre for Lifelong Learning – the total value of awards made will not exceed £1000 per annum.
Warwick Postgraduate Research Scholarships
Around 40 awards covering academic fees and a maintenance allowance will be available each year for full-time study for a PhD. The scheme is open to any nationality and awards are made on the basis of academic excellence and research potential.
Warwick Awards for Teaching Excellence for Postgraduate
The Warwick Awards for Teaching Excellence for Postgraduate Research students (WATEPGR) gives students and staff the opportunity to recognise and celebrate excellent teaching by postgraduate research students. Research students can carry out a range of teaching activities including facilitating seminars,lecturing,demonstrating and project supervision and the awards aim to recognise students who have had a positive impact on the student learning experience.
Department of Economics
Peggy Ford Memorial Prize
A prize to the value of not less than £10 is awarded annually to the best third-year or postgraduate student working in the field of Economic History (broadly interpreted to include especially the History of Population). The prize is awarded in the form of books, which bear book-plates.
The prize, founded by Professor A.G. Ford in memory of his wife and her interest and research in Economic History and Historical Demography, is known as the Peggy Ford Memorial Prize.
In the first instance the Board of Examiners in Economics will be asked to propose an award on the basis of the best performance in the papers in Economic History in the final examination for the degree of BSc in Economics and Economic History. If a first degree course in Modern Economic History is established, the Board of Examiners of that course shall equally have the right to propose an award. Postgraduate students working in the fields of the History of Population, Historical Demography or Modern Economic History are likewise eligible for consideration, subject to the proviso that the prize must be awarded to an undergraduate student in at least one year out of two. In the case of competing claims the Chair of the Board of the Faculty of Social Sciences shall adjudicate.
Any changes to the above arrangements may only be made during the lifetime of Professor A. G. Ford with his concurrence.
Shiv Nath Memorial Prizes
Two student prizes in memory of Shiv Nath, a member of the Department of Economics from 1965 until his death in 1988, have been established by gifts to the University. One prize is awarded to a graduate student for outstanding work in development economics, on the recommendation of the Board of Examiners for the MSc degrees in Economics. A second prize is awarded to a final-year undergraduate student for the best performance in economics and politics, on the recommendation of the Board of Examiners for the BA or BSc degree in Economics, Politics and International Studies.
The Greenlite Prize
Greenlite (Manchester) Ltd awards an annual prize to the value of at least £75 to the second-year student who shows the most promise in Economic History. The award will be made on the recommendation of the appropriate Board of Examiners on the basis of work undertaken during the second year.
Three prizes are awarded by the Board of Examiners in Economics. A prize of £200 is awarded to the best performance in Economics by a third year student. A prize of £100 is awarded to the best performance in Economics by a second year student. A prize of £100 is awarded to the best performance in MSc Economics and best dissertation.
The Deutsche Bank Prize
Deutsche Bank awards an annual prize to the value of £500 to the top performing first year student in Economics. The prize may be split between two students if appropriate.The award will be made on the recommendation of Head of department (or his/her nominee(s)) on the basis of work undertaken during the first year.
Centre for Education Studies
The Joan D. Browne Travel Bursary
The Joan D. Browne Travel Bursary Fund was set up by Joan D. Browne, the first Principal of Coventry College of Education in order to assist students in the Centre for Education Studies who wish to travel overseas and whose travel involves an educational project of assistance to others. The bursary is a one-off payment.
The Bursary is administered by the Centre for Education Studies with assistance from the Development and Alumni Relations Office. The closing date for applications is at the end of April. Bursaries are awarded in June.
School of Engineering
Institution of Civil Engineering Prize
The Institution of Civil Engineering awards an annual prize in the form of a Certificate of Merit and a sum of £100 to the undergraduate student who is judged best in performance over both the penultimate and final year; the student must be registered for an Engineering degree programme recognised by the Institution as qualifying eventually for corporate membership of the Institution. The award is made on the recommendation of the Dean of the School of Engineering in consultation with colleagues. The prize-winner will be selected not solely on examination performance, but with regard to course work and in particular ability in Civil Engineering design (which includes but is not exclusive to structural design) even if this subject is not taken into account for the award of the degree.
Institution of Engineering and Technology Prize
The Institution of Engineering and Technology awards an annual prize in the form of a Certificate, a sum of £250 and two years free membership of the Institution (upon graduation) to a student who has shown distinction in a specified stage of a programme leading to the award of an Honours degree in Electrical/Electronic Engineering. The term “distinction” may be interpreted as including outstanding performance in examinations, in project work or any activities which further potential as a professional engineer. In exceptional circumstances the prize may be divided between two candidates of comparable merit.
Institution of Engineering and Technology Benefactors Prize
The Institution of Engineering and Technology awards an annual prize of £200 to a BTEC entrant (or similar) who has achieved a First Class Honours Degree on a programme accredited by the Institution of Electrical Engineers.
Institution of Mechanical Engineers Prize
The Institution of Mechanical Engineers awards an annual prize in the form of a Certificate and a sum of £100 to the student, normally in the final year of an accredited degree programme, who completes an outstanding research development or design project. If an award is not possible under these criteria, the prize shall be awarded for the best design work completed in the accredited degree programme. If an award is not possible under either of these criteria, then the prize shall be awarded to the most distinguished student in the accredited Engineering programme, particular weight being given to outstanding performance in project or design work. The prize shall be awarded on the recommendation of the Board of Examiners responsible for the accredited Engineering programmes.
Institution of Mechanical Engineers Frederick Barnes Waldron Prize
The local society of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers awards the Frederick Barnes Waldron prize of the sum of £100 to the best student on a course accredited by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.
Rolls-Royce Manufacturing Engineering Awards
Rolls-Royce plc award two annual prizes to the value of £100 each to an undergraduate student and to a postgraduate student who have made meritorious contributions to Manufacturing Systems Engineering through outstanding performances on the MEng programme in Manufacturing (third-year) and an MSc postgraduate course in Manufacturing. The prizes shall be awarded on the recommendations of the appropriate Boards of Examiners.
The British Constructional Steelwork Association Prize
This prize is awarded to the Civil Engineer who produces the best project work in constructional steel. This award of £100 is made by the Association to encourage excellence in design using this material.
IET Manufacturing Project Prizes and Bridgeport Prize
The Institution of Engineering and Technology awards an annual prize ranging from £50 to £500 to a student, normally entering the final year of an IEE Accredited MSE degree programme, who completes the best final year project in one of the following areas: Precision Engineering, Production Management, Production Technology, Production Technology related to Electronics, Production Technology related to Electromechanics, Manufacturing Technology/Management, CIM or Quality Management. Note: one nomination only per Institution.
Institution of Mechanical Engineers (Best Student Certficate)
The Institution of Mechanical Engineers awards an annual prize in the form of a Certificate to a student, normally entering the final year of an accredited BEng and MEng degree programme in Manufacturing, Mechanical Engineering and EDAT, who completes the degree programme as the best student in their discipline.
Institute of Mechanical Engineers (Best Project Certificate)
The Institution of Mechanical Engineers awards an annual prize in the form of a Certificate to a student, normally entering the final year of an accredited BEng and MEng degree programme in Manufacturing, Mechanical Engineering and EDAT, who completes the best final year project in their discipline.
Stuart Lawson Memorial Prize
This prize is awarded in memory of Dr Stuart Lawson, Reader in the School of Engineering. The prize is a certificate and an award of £100 made to the final year student who completed the best project in an area related to Dr Lawson's interests.
Institution of Structural Engineers Prize
The Institution of Structural Engineers, Midland Counties Branch, awards an annual prize in the form of a Certificate and a £50 book token to a student who shows the most promising academic achievement in the penultimate year of study in structural engineering.
Hays Consulting Engineering Prize
Hays Consulting awards an annual prize in the form of a Certificate and a sum of £150 to the best final year MEng Civil Engineering student in design.
Peter Carpenter Memorial Prize
The prize is awarded in memory of Professor Peter Carpenter, Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the School of Engineering. The prize is a Certificate and an award of £100 made to the final year Mechanical Engineering student for the best performance in fluid dynamics.
Department of German
The Zoe Russell Prize for Most Improved Language Competence
This endowed prize was established in memory of Zoe Russell, who was a student at Warwick from 1993 to 1997, gaining a BA (Hons) in German and Business Studies.
The prize is worth £200 per annum and is awarded to the first-year undergraduate student within the German department who demonstrates the best improvement in their German language competence during their first year of study.
A single prize of £200 or two prizes of £100 each are awarded and the winners are selected at the end of the Summer Term each year with an awards lunch in the following Autumn Term. Funding has been provided to ensure this award now exists in perpetuity.
The Frankfurt Prize for Translation Excellence
This prize was established by two Warwick alumni, Jeremy Gaines and Paul Keast, who completed PhD studies before going on to become joint founder members of a Frankfurt-based translation company.
The prize is awarded for the best translation by a final-year student. The winner, chosen in the summer term each year, receives €250, together with a week’s work placement with the donors’ company in Frankfurt-am-Main.
Department of History
Beaumanoir-Hart History Prize
The Beaumanoir-Hart Prize, open to first year students, will be awarded annually for outstanding work in History.
Felix Dennis History Essay Prize
An annual essay prize to the value of £100 is open to third year students of History. The prize, known as the Felix Dennis History Prize, was instituted in 1999.
Second Year History Prize
An annual award for the best overall performance in the second year.
The Iain Smith prize
An annual prize for overall examination performance open to final year undergraduate students on the single honours History degree.
The Roger Magraw Prize
An annual prize for overall examination performance open to final year undergraduate students on the joint honours History degree programmes.
The Chris Clark Prize
An annual prize for overall examination performance open to final year undergraduate students on the Comparative American Studies degree programme.
The Sir John Elliott Prize
Awarded annually, the Sir John Elliott Prize celebrates the best postgraduate performance in History.
Music Centre Bursaries
Approximately 12 bursaries (equivalent to up to three terms’ individual music tuition costs) are awarded for one year to students selected by audition in the first term of each academic year to contribute to the cost of individual music lessons provided by Music Centre tutors. Criteria for selection include musical ability, potential for development, involvement with music-making activities on campus, and personal situation. Auditions take place at the end of week 3 of the Autumn term, and forms are available from the Music Office in the Arts Centre. All students, except for those who have received a Music Scholarship, are eligible to apply for each year of their time as a student at the University.
Music Centre Awards
These annual awards (variously between £25 and £100) are made in the last week of the summer term by the Director of Music following nominations from staff and the committees of the Music Centre ensembles, orchestras, choirs and bands to recognise the contributions made by individuals during their time at the University to the administration and musical standards of the Centre’s programme of activities and concerts.
Department of Politics and International Studies
Wilfrid Harrison Memorial Prize
An annual prize of £50 is awarded to a second year Politics student for the best overall performance in the degree of Politics.The prize was established in 1980 in memory of the founding Professor of Politics and first Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Wilfrid Harrison.
Jim Bulpitt Prize
An annual prize of £100 is awarded to a final year student for the best overall performance in the degrees of Politics or Politics with International Studies. This prize was established in memory of Professor Bulpitt.
Fred Hirsch Prize
An annual prize of £100 is awarded to a first year student for the best overall performance in the degrees of Politics or Politics with International Studies.
David Mervin Prize
An annual prize of £50 is awarded for the best performance in the module Politics of the United States.
Department of Psychology
Simon Heywood Awards
The Psychology Department awards prizes from the Simon Heywood Prize Fund established in memory of Dr Simon Heywood, a lecturer in the Department between 1975 and 1982. The prizes commemorate Dr Heywood’s outstanding qualities as a teacher and also his wish that students be encouraged to study and write outside the assessment system. There are two types of prize:
The Simon Heywood Project prizes
Prizes of not less than £100 awarded to outstanding second or third year projects.
The Simon Heywood Student prize
A prize of not less than £100 awarded to any third year student for his/her contribution to the life of the Department, for academic achievement or for both.
Lord Rootes Memorial Fund Awards
The Lord Rootes Memorial Fund was established through the generosity of the Distributors of Rootes Group products to commemorate the late Lord Rootes and his part in the foundation of the University. The Lord Rootes Memorial Fund is intended to encourage student enterprise and effort and to support projects by individual and groups of Warwick students, especially projects:
- involving observation and the intelligent use of experience in the scientific, cultural, business or environmental context;
- demonstrating creativity of thought and the development of an original and personal idea or objective.
Regulations for Awards under the Lord Rootes Memorial Fund
- Subject to the conditions in paragraphs (a) – (e) below, any formally registered full-time or part-time postgraduate or undergraduate student of the University of Warwick, any group of such students and any student society of the University of Warwick shall be eligible for an award from the Lord Rootes Memorial Fund.
(a) Awards are available to students on programmes of one or more years’ duration, including students about to leave the University, provided the project is limited to the period of the subsequent long vacation.
(b) Awards from the Fund are not intended to cover the cost of personal equipment.
(c) Tours by sports teams are normally not eligible for support from the Fund.
(d) Awards are not available to support activities which form part of an applicant’s programme of study or planned future research.
(e) Awards are not available to members of staff also undertaking full or part-time study.
- An individual, group or society shall apply for an award in writing and shall give a full statement of the project and its aims. Estimates of expenditure to be incurred and of finance already obtained, promised or applied for from other sources must accompany the application.
- If successful in an application, an individual applicant or the representative of a group or society shall normally be paid 80% of the total award. The individual or representative must undertake to supply to the Committee two copies of a report, one of which may be a photocopy of the original, on the use made of the grants received, by a date to be specified by the Committee (which will normally be in the ninth or tenth week of the autumn term following the grant of the award).
The report shall incorporate an accounting statement. In the case of film production projects, a video copy of the film must be submitted in addition to and at the same time as the written report. In the case of web-based project reports, a printed version of the website must be submitted. Reports (including web-based project reports) must meet the standards of presentation set out in the report writing guidelines.
- The retained 20% of the award shall only be paid if, at their meeting in the spring term following the grant of the award, the Committee resolves that the report is satisfactory and meets the requirements set out in paragraph 3. If the report is submitted more than one week after the date specified in paragraph 3 without the prior agreement of the Secretary to the Committee, the award holder will normally be entitled to a maximum of half of the retained amount (ie 10% of the total award).
- No portion of the award may be used for purposes other than those contained in the application and approved by the Committee. Any unspent portion of an award shall be repaid to the Committee by the date specified in paragraph 3.
- Where grants have been made for the purchase of equipment, the equipment shall be held in trust by the applicant or applying group or society and shall revert to the Committee when the project is completed or when the group or society is disbanded, unless the Committee grants permission for it to be retained.
- Applications and confidential written references shall normally be submitted to the Secretary of the Committee not later than the end of the first week of the spring term of the year in which the grant is desired, but late applications may be considered if suitable reasons are given. Letters of support may be included. Applicants will normally be interviewed early in the spring term and will normally be notified of the Committee’s decision before the Easter vacation.
- An award holder seeking to publish his or her report shall:
a) consult with the Secretary to the Committee;
b) acknowledge in the publication that the project which was the subject of the report was supported by funding from the Lord Rootes Memorial Fund; and
c) undertake to repay to the Fund any income generated from publication (net of any other costs associated with publication), to a maximum of the value of the Lord Rootes Memorial Fund award received in respect of the project.
- The Committee's decisions on applications, grants and matters associated with them shall be final.
The Lord Rootes Memorial Fund Committee reports to the University of Warwick Foundation Trustees. The Committee was re-constituted for 2008-09, with the following members:
(a) Five members of University staff nominated by the Chair of the University Council and appointed by the Foundation Trustees;
(b) Three members external to the University who have experience of industry, commerce or the practice of any profession;
(c) One student of the University nominated by the University of Warwick Students’ Union and appointed by the Foundation Trustees.
Opportunity Fund bursaries are funded through the generous donations of Warwick alumni and friends. The bursaries are provided to help clubs, societies, other groups of students and individuals fund extra-curricular activities. These bursaries are ‘one-off’ contributions to support unique activities that will benefit the individuals involved and help to enrich their Warwick experience.
For further information, please contact the Development and Alumni Relations Office on 024 7657 4375.
Warwick Medical School
The following prizes will normally be awarded to students who have studied on the 4 year graduate entry MB ChB.
Phase II Prizes
Nominations for all Phase II prizes will be made by the Warwick Medical School to the WMS Phase II Examination Board for consideration at the June meeting each year.
The WPH Charitable Trust Gold Medal
This prize, an inscribed gold medal and £500, is awarded to the final year student with the best overall performance in the Finals examinations.
The aggregate percentage score from the two written papers plus percentage score achieved from the Observation of Clinical Practice will be added together. For the Observed Clinical Practice the following scores will be applied:
A=7 B=5 C+=4 C-=3 D=1 E=0
The Faculty of Medicine Written Prize
This prize of £250 is awarded to the final year student with the best combined performance in the written papers of the Finals examinations.
The scores from both papers will be added together and a percentage given.
The Faculty of Medicine Clinical Prize
This prize of £250 is awarded to the final year student with the best performance in the Observation of Clinical Practice part of the Finals examinations.
For the Observed Clinical Practice the following scores will be applied:
A=7 B=5 C+=4 C-=3 D=1 E=0
The Dean’s Prize (Warwick Medical School)
This prize of £250 is awarded to the final year student who in the opinion of the Dean has excelled at a discipline outside of their medical studies or has contributed to the life of the University of Warwick. Excellence may be demonstrated in sporting, musical or any other interest.
The M and J McCarthy Prize for Consisted Performance
This prize of £250 is awarded to the final year student who has performed consistently throughout Phase I and Phase II of the MB ChB across both the academic and clinical curricula. They will have amassed the most number of points leading to the award of their “with Honours” degree. In any year that 2 or more students achieve the same number of points the student scoring points in each one of the individual 5 categories possible shall receive the prize. (Categories are Phase I core, SSM, CASSM plus Phase II FPE written and Phase II FPE clinicals).
The N.Kane Prize
This prize of £250 is awarded to the 3rd year student with the best performance in the Intermediate Clinical Examination.
Senior Academic Half Day/Clinical Pharmacology
This prize is awarded to the final year student with the best performance in the Senior Academic Half-Day assessment. Letters of commendation will also be presented to the top 10 students.
This £100 prize is awarded to the 3rd year student with the best elective report as determined by the Phase II co-ordinator.
General Practice Course
This £200 prize is awarded to the 3rd year student with the best case study report as determined by the GP Education Group. Students with portfolio cases that are rated as “Highly Satisfactory” during the Clinical Methods Block of the Junior rotation will be invited to submit further a case study for assessment.
Endowed @£200 annually
Medical Woman's Federation Student Prize for Child Health
This £100 prize is awarded for an essay based on child or maternal health. A panel comprised of Warwick Medical school staff and representatives from the Medical Woman's Federation will decide the overall prize winner.
This £100 prize is awarded for a submission based on a clinical case that considers the way orthopaedic conditions, diagnosis or treatment may be performed in the future. The format may be in any format including an essay, video or powerpoint presentation. The three criteria are: scientific scholarship, imagination and presentation.
Best Performance in Child Health
Awarded by the Grace Research Fund using the end of block assessment in Child Health.
Henry Parsey Prize
This £100 prize for psychiatry is awarded to the 3rd year medical student who has obtained an Excellent grade in the formative block assessment and then performs best in a viva voce conducted by senior teachers.
Phase I Prizes
The Felicity Smith Prize
This prize of £300 is awarded to the Small Group which demonstrates the best examples of teamwork throughout Phase I as assessed by a mechanism established by the WMS Deputy Senior Tutor in conjunction with the Senior Tutor and Phase I co-ordinator.
End of Semester prizes (2006 cohorts onwards)
Nominations for all Phase I prizes will be made by the Dean of the Warwick Medical School to the WMS Phase I Examination Board for consideration at the June meeting each year.
Prizes will be awarded to the top student at the end of Year 1 for the following:
- Combined top mark for the written ESA (semester 1 and 2)
- Combined top mark for OSCE (semester 1 and 2)
Prizes will be awarded to the top student at the end of Year 2 for the following:
- Combined top mark for the written ESA (semester 3)
- Combined top mark for OSCE (semester 3)
Prize for the top mark for the Clinical Applications Special Study Module dissertation
Letters of commendation will be awarded to students ranked 2nd-5th in the above listed examinations.
Letters of commendation will be awarded to students with top marks for each individual special study module in semester 3.
Inter Phase Prizes
Nominations for all Inter-Phase prizes will be made by the Warwick Medical School to either the WMS Phase I Examination Board for consideration at the June meeting each year or the WMS Phase II Examination Board for consideration at the June meeting.
The Faculty of Medicine Prize for Outstanding Contribution to the Community
This prize of £250 may be awarded to any MB ChB 4 year student studying at the University of Warwick who in the opinion of the Dean (Warwick) has demonstrated or performed an outstanding act of humanity or public service.
The Faculty of Medicine Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Student Life
This prize of £250 may be awarded to any MBChB student studying at the University of Warwick who in the opinion of the Dean has demonstrated commitment to and development of student life e.g. establishment of a student society or representing their cohort in an official capacity.
NOTE: Endowed Prizes are in perpetuity, being the interest from capital. It is envisaged that in the future the value of the Prize will rise in line with inflation.