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PRIZES

The University makes available a wide range of student prizes to reward excellence and achievement in performance. Most are administered by Faculties and are open to students in those Faculties (see “Faculty Prizes” below). There is also a small number of prizes which are open to students across all Faculties (see “University Prizes and Awards” below).

The Academic Office receives submissions of proposals for the establishment of new prizes and amendments to the conditions of existing prizes, including their discontinuation. An annual report in respect of both Faculty and University-wide prizes and awards is made to the Learning and Teaching Committee in October of each year. The report summarises new and discontinued prizes and notes the outcomes of the competition for University-wide awards.

Faculty Prizes

The following Faculty prizes are open to students of those Faculties.

Course/Subject handbooks contain information on prizes and awards associated with programmes.

The Faculty list of prizes and awards is updated in May of each year prior to the Board of Examiners meetings in June.  The current lists are available here:

Art, Design and the Built Environment

Arts    

Computing and Engineering

Life and Health Sciences              

Social Sciences

Ulster Business School

After the Boards of Examiners meetings in June, the Faculty Office informs the Academic Office of the recipient of each prize using a proforma.

The prize-winner receives a certificate and, if applicable, a cheque for the amount of the prize.  These are sent to the student's home address unless a presentation ceremony is being organised by the Faculty.  In such cases, the Academic Office is advised and the certificate and cheque are forwarded to the Faculty.

University Prizes and Awards

Information on University prizes and awards is forwarded to all Faculties, libraries, the Career Development Centre and the Students' Union in October each year.  Information is also provided through campus reception screens, an annual global email to students and a dedicated link in the student portal. An information leaflet containing details of each prize can be downloaded here.

An application form for the University prizes below can be found here: Application Form

The following University prizes and awards are open to all students of the University:

 Findlater Award in Social Studies

 Greer Garson Film Award

 Greer Garson Theatre Award

 McCrea Literary Award

Business and Professional Women UK Limited Travelling Scholarship

Convocation Student of the Year

The Student Competition

FINDLATER AWARD IN SOCIAL STUDIES

Establishment of Award

As a result of a bequest by Mr Alexander Findlater.

Basis of Award

The prize is for the best piece of written work concerned centrally with social conditions in Ireland, which are interpreted to include social, economic and political areas of study.

Eligibility

Any student registered for a programme of study in the University of Ulster.

Value of Award

Approximately £300.

Closing date

31 May 2015.

Further information contact

Mr Brian McArthur, Academic Office, Room J405, University of Ulster, Cromore Road, Coleraine, BT52 1SA.

Tel: 028 701 23081; email: b.mcarthur@ulster.ac.uk

 

GREER GARSON FILM AWARD

Establishment of Award

As a result of an endowment by Miss Greer Garson.

Basis of Award

The prize is for the best piece of creative work in film.

Eligibility

Any student (or group of students) registered for a programme of study in the University of Ulster.

Value of Award

Approximately £500.

Closing date

31 May 2015.

Further information contact

Mr Brian McArthur, Academic Office, Room J405, University of Ulster, Cromore Road, Coleraine, BT52 1SA.

Tel: 028 701 23081; email: b.mcarthur@ulster.ac.uk

 

GREER GARSON THEATRE AWARD

Establishment of Award

As a result of an endowment by Miss Greer Garson.

Basis of Award

The prize is for the best piece of creative work in theatre.

Eligibility

Any student (or group of students) registered for a programme of study in the University of Ulster.

Value of Award

Approximately £500.

Closing date

31 May 2015.

Further information contact

Mr Brian McArthur, Academic Office, Room J405, University of Ulster, Cromore Road, Coleraine, BT52 1SA.

Tel: 028 701 23081; email: b.mcarthur@ulster.ac.uk

 

McCREA LITERARY AWARD

Establishment of Award

The award is derived from the McCrea Bequest formerly held by Magee University College.

Basis of Award

The prize is available biennially for creative writing, in the field of poetry, essay, drama, the novel or the humanities in general.

Eligibility

All members of the University of Ulster, graduates and honorary graduates of the University of Ulster and of its predecessor the New University of Ulster.

Value of Award

Approximately £500.

Closing date

31 May 2015.

Further information contact

Mr Brian McArthur, Academic Office, Room J405, University of Ulster, Cromore Road, Coleraine, BT52 1SA.

Tel: 028 701 23081; email: b.mcarthur@ulster.ac.uk

  

BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL WOMEN UK LIMITED TRAVELLING SCHOLARSHIP

Establishment of Award

As a result of a donation by the Northern Ireland Division of the Business and Professional Women UK Limited.

Basis of Award

The scholarship is intended to provide the holder with the opportunity to travel and visit places outside Northern Ireland, which will allow the student to extend her experience in ways which are likely to enrich her personal and academic skills.  The scholarship shall normally be tenable for a period during the following summer vacation, and the programme of travel shall be agreed and approved by the selection panel.  A scholar is liable to forfeit her scholarship should she fail without good reason to carry out the terms of the approved programme of travel.

Eligibility

Any female student registered for any full-time programme of study in the University.

Value of Award

Approximately £300.

Closing date

31 March 2015.

Further information contact

Mr Brian McArthur, Academic Office, Room J405, University of Ulster, Cromore Road, Coleraine, BT52 1SA.

Tel: 028 701 23081; email: b.mcarthur@ulster.ac.uk

  

CONVOCATION STUDENT OF THE YEAR AWARD

Establishment of Award

Established by the Convocation of the University of Ulster and funded from the Convocation Gift fund.

Basis of Award

Made to a student or group of students who, during their time at the University of Ulster, has/have demonstrated significant personal achievement or a substantial contribution to the life of the University, its students or the community.

Eligibility

All students currently registered at the University and in good academic standing.

Value of Award

A perpetual trophy and £500.

Closing Date

31 March 2015.

Further information contact

Ms Azlina Cohen, Clerical Officer, Office of the University Secretary, University of Ulster, Cromore Road, Coleraine, BT52 1SA.

Tel: 028 701 24403; email:a.cohen@ulster.ac.uk

 

The Student Competition

Establishment of Award

Established by the Forum for Innovation in Teaching and Learning Support.

Basis of Award

Made to the students who submit the winning entries to an annual competition organised by the Forum based on a Learning and Teaching theme. Competition details will be widely advertised and placed on the website http://www.ulster.ac.uk/studentcompetition/ by January each year.

Eligibility

All students currently registered at the University.

Value of Award

Three awards of £250.

Closing date

31 March 2015.

Further information contact

Dr Sarah Floyd, Staff Development Unit, Room J508, University of Ulster, Cromore Road, Coleraine, BT52 1SA.

Tel: 028 701 24187; email: s.floyd@ulster.ac.uk

 Establishing New Prizes

Proposals for new prizes should be submitted to the Academic Office using the pro forma.  Each proposal is submitted to the University's Learning and Teaching Committee which makes recommendations regarding their establishment to Council. Proposals endorsed by the Committee are approved by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning, Teaching and Student Experience) on behalf of Council. Copies of all proposals for new prizes should also be forwarded to the Development and Alumni Relations Office for information. 

When new prizes are obtained the donor or sponsor should be asked to sign an agreement empowering the University to amend the terms of the award, including the re-allocation of the award to another programme in the same or a related subject area, should the original programme associated with the award be discontinued. 

The University has guidelines with regard to the funding of new and existing prizes. As a general rule, the annual value of the prize should be no less than £50.

Many prizes are funded and made available over a fixed period of time (for example five years or 10 years).

Alternatively, prizes can be established in perpetuity, that is, a prize is awarded over an indefinite period of time. An effective means to fund prizes in perpetuity is for the University to receive a capital sum of sufficient value which will generate enough annual interest to support an annual prize. Where the standard rate of interest is taken at 4%, £1,250 is the minimum sum required to establish a prize which will be awarded in perpetuity with a value of £50 annually.  If insufficient interest has generated, the prize may not be awarded.

Amendments to Existing Prizes

Amendments to existing prizes should be submitted to the Academic Office using the pro forma.  Each proposal for amendment is submitted to the University's Learning and Teaching Committee which makes recommendations regarding the amendment to Council. Amendments endorsed by the Committee are approved by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning, Teaching and Student Experience) on behalf of Council.

Amendments to prizes funded by donors and sponsors should be made with their agreement.

General Regulations Applying to Student Awards (Prizes)

  1. The terms and conditions of new student prizes shall be determined by the Learning and Teaching Committee on behalf of the Senate.  The Committee shall make recommendations for the establishment of new prizes to the Council.
  2. Awards shall be authorised by the appropriate nominating body or committee. In the case of awards based on examination performance, this body shall be the Board of Examiners, and where more than one Board of Examiners is involved, the Deans of Faculties shall coordinate decisions.
  3. At the time of nomination for a prize or award a candidate must be a registered student of the University.
  4. A prize or award may be divided where there are candidates of equal merit.
  5. A prize or award may be withheld in a particular year if in the opinion of the nominating body there is no candidate of suitable merit.
  6. The University may withdraw or cancel without notice any or all offers of prizes or awards.
  7. The nominating body may determine other conditions not explicitly specified.
  8. In the case of prizes or awards which are provided out of private endowment funds, the payment of the full amount shall be contingent on the necessary income being forthcoming from the endowment fund.

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