Academic prizes

The University of Westminster has three categories of prizes.

  • University prizes - All university students are eligible to be nominated for these prizes.
  • Faculty prizes - These prizes are available to students with the relevant faculty. Some will also be course specific.
  • External prizes - These prizes are usually course specific and awarded annually.  Occasionally a student may be awarded an external prize on a one off basis. If we are able to verify this then it may also be included in the HEAR.

Students cannot nominate themselves for prizes. The nominations are made by academics within your faculty in adherence to the criteria set out below.

Academic prizes are normally awarded at the end of the academic year and successful students will be notified in writing by the Ceremonies and Conferment team or by the relevant Faculty. Achievement Award winners are identified following the July assessments and notified in the following semester.

Name Prize Eligibility criteria
University of Westminster £100 This prize is awarded annually to the student with a disability who has the best record of achievement and determination in obtaining a degree, diploma or other qualification at the University. A successful nomination is most likely to be that of a student in the final year of their course, demonstrating achievement and determination over the whole period of study.
Ede and Ravenscroft Prize £250 Thanks to the generosity of Robe Makers Ede and Ravenscroft, these two prizes will be awarded annually to continuing students. One prize will be awarded to a first-year undergraduate who has shown a particularly high level of academic achievement and potential for excellence, and one to a second-year undergraduate using the same criteria.
The Robert Mitchell Medal £500 The Robert Mitchell Medal was established in memory of Major Robert Mitchell, the first Director of Education at the Regent Street Polytechnic (the forerunner of The Polytechnic of Central London). It is awarded to the undergraduate student with the most creditable marks over the whole of his/her course, and is therefore most likely to be awarded to a final year student.
UG Achievement Awards £1,000 Each Faculty is allocated a number of achievement awards in a pro-rata basis for the highest achieving level 4 and level 5 students in each academic year.
Irene Fox Prize £150 Awarded to the student in the Campus whose performance has been creditable despite difficulties met and overcome during study. Students eligible for this award must be registered either in the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages, the Westminster Business School.

Architecture and the Built Environment

Name Prize Eligibility criteria
Hubert Sands Memorial Prize £100 Established in memory of Hubert Sands. To be awarded to the student with the best overall results on the BSc (Hons) Architecture course on the Architectural Engineering pathway.
John Walkden Memorial Award £350 Established from a fund commemorating John Walkden's headship of the School of Architecture during its initial period of growth and consolidation from 1944-67. Awarded annually to the graduate of the BA/BSc (Hons) Architecture with the best final year design.

Media, Arts and Design

Name Prize Eligibility criteria
Sir Alan Thomas Prize £250 Celebrating tenacity, and encouragement of the advancement of education, the Sir Alan Thomas prize will be awarded annually to a first-year undergraduate student demonstrating outstanding citizenship, strong academic performance, potential for leadership and musical talent. The prize will reward their accomplishments and encourage their progression on the BA Commercial Music in our nationally recognised School of Media, Arts & Design.
BA (Hons) Fashion Merchandise Management Course Prize £250 Awarded annually to the final year student who achieves the best overall results on the BA (Hons) Fashion Merchandise Management course. 
Fashion Buying Management Outstanding Achievement Prize £250 This prize is awarded to the student with best average across Level 6.
The Graham S Brand Memorial Prize £300 Established in the memory of the late Graham S Brand, a student at The Polytechnic of Central London from 1984-87. The prize is awarded annually to a student on levels 5 or 6 within the field of Media Studies for the most promising piece of radio (maximum length 30 minutes).
The Bobbie Black Memorial Award £500 Established in memory of the late Bobbie Black, a student on BA Mixed Media Fine Art at the University of Westminster 2009–12. The prize will be awarded to a graduating student from BA Mixed Media Fine Art who has achieved at a  high level despite difficult circumstances, and made a significant contribution through their studentship to the success of the degree show.
De Gratia Award Facilities access The De Gratia award would granted to a graduating student who through their studentship had made an outstanding contribution to the BA Hons Mixed Media Fine Art course. The decision on whom the award would be granted to would be arrived at by the BA Hons Mixed Media Fine Art  academic staff team with approval from the Dean of Faculty of Media Arts & Design and the Head of Department of Art & Design.

Science and Technology

Name Prize Eligibility criteria
Margaret King Memorial Prizes £100 Established by the family of Margaret King, a former lecturer in the School of Integrated Health, one prize will be awarded to the student who achieves the best overall performance in Therapeutic Massage, and one prize to the student with the best overall performance in Chinese Massage.
Ian Killilea Memorial Prize £300 Established in memory of Ian Killilea, formerly Chair of the Information and Software Systems Department. This prize will be awarded to the BSc (Hons) Computer Science student with the best final year project.

Social Sciences and Humanities

Name Prize Eligibility criteria
Philip Bagwell Prize £100 Awarded annually to the student nominated by the History Subject Area Board for the best undergraduate dissertation in History.
Hugh Hegarty Prize in History £150 This prize rewards good citizenship and encourages progression for a second year student on the BA (Hons) Modern History degree who demonstrates greater promise than at the point of entry.  The best candidate each year will demonstrate that they have not previously had a scholarship from the University and have shown commitment in the face of adversity, good humour with peers, and focus in their studies.
F E Smith Bequest £125 Established from a bequest from a former lecturer in the School of Law. Awarded annually to the student submitting the best paper in Criminal Law.
Alistair Berkley Memorial Prize £100 Established by the relatives and friends of Alistair Berkley, a lecturer in the School of Law who was one of the victims of the terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie on 21 December 1988. Awarded annually to the student who has contributed in an original, creative or distinguished way to the areas of Philosophy of Law, Legal Reasoning or cognate subjects.
JD Spicer Zeb Summer Legal Placement Prize Two week, summer legal work placement at JD Spicer Zeb, London. For the student getting the highest grade in the Criminal Law 1LAW500 module.
EC Eckersley Prize £150 Established from a fund set up by EC Eckersley and further subsidised by the School of Languages, this prize is awarded annually for the best performance by an international student in the School of Languages.
SHS Departmental Prizes for Criminology, History and Sociology £100 These prizes are awarded to the students, who in the opinion of the teaching staff in each Subject Area, has made the best contribution to the development of their discipline at the University, in the current academic year.
Geoffrey Reeday Prize for Company Law £100 Awarded annually to the student on the Law degree courses who has achieved the most creditable result in the degree examinations in Company Law.
Geoffrey Reeday Prize for the Law of Tort £100 Awarded annually to the student on the Law degree courses who has achieved the best result in the degree examinations in the Law of Tort.
The Routledge-Cavendish Award £75 of Books Established through the generosity of Cavendish Publishing now part of the Taylor & Francis Group publishing under the Routledge-Cavendish imprint. This new prize will be offered annually to the top first year law student on the recommendation of the Assessment Board.
The Lawtext Publishing Prize A year’s subscription of the Journal of International Maritime Law worth £315 Established through the generosity of Lawtext Publishing. Awarded annually for the best performance in Maritime Law. Please note that Maritime Law performance is measured on the best average mark for Carriage of Goods & International Sales OR Carriage of Goods and Marine Insurance.

Westminster Business School

Name Eligibility criteria
WBS Prize for Outstanding student in EACH Undergraduate course Awarded annually to the student who achieves the best overall performance in their studies on each course.
WBS Prize for Outstanding undergradute student Awarded annually to the final year student who achieves the best overall performance on any Undergraduate Westminster Business school degree.
WBS Prize for Outstanding Project/Dissertation Awarded annually to the final year student who achieves the best overall performance in a project either work or academic based.

Architecture and the Built Environment

Name Prize Elibility criteria
The Cities of London and Westminster Society of Architects TBC Established through the generosity of the CLAWSA who sends a jury to select the best students in the first years of both the BA and Diploma in Architecture.
Detail Award Free subscription to Detail Magazine Established in conjunction with Detail Magazine. There are 10 Awards, 2 for each year of study. Students should be nominated by design tutors and the best students will be identified through a judging panel
VOLA Prizes £750/£500 Established through the generosity of VOLA UK Limited three annual prizes will be awarded to students with the best end-of-year portfolios, a £750 first prize and a £500 second prize awarded in Year 2, and a £500 prize for the student with the best portfolio in Year 1. The judging panel will include an external practitioner and the awards will be presented at the end of year show.
Association for Tourism in Higher Education Prize £25 Awarded annually to the best final year student on Undergraduate Tourism Programmes.

Science and Technology

Name Prize Eligibility criteria
British Computer Society (BCS) Prize £150 Cash/Tokens and One-Year British Computer Society Established through the generosity of the British Computer Society. Awarded annually to the final year student of the BSc (Hons) Computer Science with the best computer science, industry-related project.
The Physiological Society Undergraduate Prize for Physiology   This prize is awarded by the Physiological Society to the student with the best physiology project. This prize is administered by the Campus and a cheque is sent to the student from the Physiological Society.
The Society for General Microbiology Prize £50 The Society for General Microbiology operates a prize-giving scheme to all Universities. They award an annual prize of £50 for the best second year performance in Microbiology.
IBMS (Institute of Biomedical Scientists) President’s Prize   This prize will be awarded to the best undergraduate Biomedical Sciences student.
Institute of Biology Top Bioscience Student Award Free membership of the Institute for one year. Awarded to the best undergraduate student in the School of Biosciences.
The Nutri Centre @Tesco prizes for the BSc Complementary Therapies Scheme £100 Book Tokens Awarded on an annual basis for best overall performance on the complementary therapies degrees.
The British Psychological Society Prize

A Year's Membership of the British Psychological Society and a Psychology book.

Awarded to the best performing final year undergraduate on a BPS accredited degree.
Engineering & Computer Science Foundation Year Prize   TBC
Wiley Book Prize   TBC
Oxford University Book Prize   TBC

Social Sciences and Humanities

Name Prize Eligibility criteria
The Routledge-Cavendish Award £75 of Books Established through the generosity of Cavendish Publishing now part of the Taylor & Francis Group publishing under the Routledge-Cavendish imprint. This new prize will be offered annually to the top first year law student on the recommendation of the Assessment Board.
The Lawtext Publishing Prize A year’s subscription of the Journal of International Maritime Law worth £315 Established through the generosity of Lawtext Publishing. Awarded annually for the best performance in Maritime Law. Please note that Maritime Law performance is measured on the best average mark for Carriage of Goods & International Sales OR Carriage of Goods and Marine Insurance.