Awards and Prizes

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Undergraduate Awards / Prizes

The Basil Wilson Prize  |  The Dr Sarah M. Holland Memorial Prize  |  E. E. Evans Prizes  |  Kerr Masters Program Scholarship  |  Kerr Memorial Lecture  |  The Kerr Prize (Level 1)  |  The Kerr Prize (Level 2)  |  The Kerr Prize (Level 3)  |  Kerr Meritorious Performance Prize  |  Kerr Final Year Dissertation Prize  |  Kerr Independent Project Prize  |  Kerr MSc Prize  |  Kerr MSc Dissertation Prize  |  Kerr Fieldwork/Visit Award  |  Mitchel-Common Prize

View our postgraduate prizes here >>

View our travel awards here >>

The Basil Wilson Prize

The Basil Wilson Prize was established in June 1990 by the friends and colleagues of B.C.S. Wilson who, before his death in 1986, held a named post in Mediterranean and South West Asian Archaeology, to commemorate his academic interests in the material culture of that area.

The prize, of a value of approximately £200, will be awarded annually to the student who, in the opinion of the Board of Examiners in Archaeology and Palaeoecology, has produced the highest overall mark in the final examination in Archaeology and Palaeoecology.

[Revised February 2008]

The Dr Sarah M. Holland Memorial Prize

This prize derives from a fund established in 1978 by the parents of Dr Holland to commemorate her great love of geography and her happy association with the Department of Geography of the University.

The prize fund of approximately £300 shall be awarded annually to the student who, in the opinion of the Board of Examiners in Geography, has produced the best performance in the final examination in Geography. If there are two students, that cannot be differentiated, then the prize will be divided equally between the two.

[Revised November 2007]

E. E. Evans Prizes

These two prizes were established in 1972 by the friends and colleagues of Professor Estyn Evans to commemorate his long and distinguished service in the University and the affection in which he was held by his colleagues, students and friends.

  • A £100 prize shall be awarded annually, funds permitting, to the student who, in the opinion of the Examining Board in Geography, presents the most meritorious dissertation as part of the final honours examination in Geography.
  • A £200 prize shall be awarded annually, funds permitting, to the student who, in the opinion of the Examining Board in Geography, produces, at the first sitting, the most meritorious result across Geography Stage 1 modules at the end of the first year.

[Revised May 2006]

The Jack Kerr Bequest

The Jack Kerr Bequest was etablished in 2006 and currently comprises 10 students awards and the hosting of an annual lecture. The ten awards and the annual lecture are as follows:

Kerr Masters Program Scholarship

The Masters Program Scholarship, of a value of £500, will be awarded to the Masters student (full-time) entering an Archaeology/Palaeoecology-based Masters Program who, in the judgement of the Kerr Bequest Committee, has achieved the highest degree results in their final undergraduate degree program, preceding entry to the Masters Program.

If there are two eligible students that cannot be differentiated, then the Scholarship will be divided equally between the two.

[Revised February 2014]

Kerr Memorial Lecture

The purpose of this award is to enable the School to invite a Guest Speaker to the university to speak on a topic, which will have significant resonance in terms of Archaeology and Palaeoecology.

The Kerr Bequest Committee will select the speaker and undertake to coordinate the event.

[Revised February 2014]

The Kerr Prize (Level 1)

The prize, of a value of £100 will be awarded annually to the student (full-time) taking 50% modules or more in Archaeology and Palaeoecology who, in the judgement of the Board of Examiners, has produced the best overall performance at the first year examinations in Archaeology and Palaeoecology.

If there are two eligible students that cannot be differentiated, then the prize will be divided equally between the two.

[Revised February 2014]

The Kerr Prize (Level 2)

The prize, of a value of £100 will be awarded annually to the student (full-time) taking 50% modules or more in Archaeology and Palaeoecology who, in the judgement of the Board of Examiners, has produced the best overall performance at the second year examinations in Archaeology and Palaeoecology.

If there are two eligible students that cannot be differentiated, then the prize will be divided equally between the two.

[Revised February 2014]

The Kerr Prize (Level 3)

The prize, of a value of £100 will be awarded annually to the student (full-time) taking 50% modules or more in Archaeology and Palaeoecology who, in the judgement of the Board of Examiners, has produced the best overall performance at the final year examinations in Archaeology and Palaeoecology and has not received the Basil Wilson Prize.

If there are two eligible students that cannot be differentiated, then the prize will be divided equally between the two.

[First Approved May 2009; Amended July 2010, February 2014]

Kerr Meritorious Performance Prize

The prize, of a value of £100, will be awarded to the student (full-time) who, in the judgement of the Board of Examiners in Archaeology and Palaeoecology, has shown the greatest academic improvement between year 2 and year 3.

If there are two eligible students that cannot be differentiated, then the prize will be divided equally between the two.

[Revised February 2014]


Kerr Final Year Dissertation Prize

The prize, of a value of £100, will be awarded to the student (full-time) who, in the judgement of the Board of Examiners in Archaeology and Palaeoecology, has produced a Dissertation which was awarded the highest mark, as part of the final year examinations in Archaeology and Palaeoecology.

If there are two eligible students that cannot be differentiated, then the prize will be divided equally between the two.

[Revised May 2009, February 2014]

Kerr Independent Project Prize

The prize, of a value of £50, will be awarded to the student (full-time) who, in the judgement of the Board of Examiners in Archaeology and Palaeoecology, has produced an Independent Project which was awarded the highest mark, as part of the final year examinations in Archaeology and Palaeoecology.

If there are two eligible students that cannot be differentiated, then the prize will be divided equally between the two. The Board of Examiners reserves the right to withhold the prize if it is agreed that a suitable project has not been submitted in that academic year.

[Revised May 2009, February 2014]


Kerr MSc Prize

The prize, of a value of £100, will be awarded annually to the student (full-time) undertaking the Masters course in Archaeology & Environment, Dating & Chronology and Professional Archaeology who, in the judgement of the Board of Examiners, has produced the best overall performance in the Master’s level taught modules.

If there are two eligible students that cannot be differentiated, then the prize will be divided equally between the two.

[Revised May 2009, February 2014]

Kerr MSc Dissertation Prize

The prize, of a value of £100, will be awarded annually to the student (full-time) undertaking the Masters course in Archaeology & Environment, Dating & Chronology, and Professional Archaeology who, in the judgement of the Board of Examiners, has produced a Dissertation, which was awarded the highest mark.

If there are two eligible students that cannot be differentiated, then the prize will be divided equally between the two.

[Revised May 2009, February 2014]

Kerr Fieldwork/Visit Award

The purpose of this award is to assist a student or students (full-time) with a fieldwork project or visit. The award is available to students who have successfully completed a Level 1 or Level 2 Archaeology and Palaeoecology Degree program within the School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology.

An application form must be completed and the Kerr Bequest Committee will select the successful candidate(s). The recipient(s) of the award must complete an illustrated report of 1,000 words following completion of the fieldwork or visit.

[Revised May 2009, February 2014]

Mitchel-Common Prize

This prize was established in 1987 by Mr Mitchel and Dr Common, members of the academic staff of the Department of Geography from 1961-1987 and 1958-1987 respectively. The prize of the value of approximately £50 shall be awarded annually to the student in any faculty who in the opinion of the Board of Examiners, has produced an especially meritorious performance during any year of study within the Department of Geography.

Postgraduate Awards / Prizes

PhD Studentship Information Available Here

The 75th Anniversary Fieldwork Prize

The 75th Anniversary Fieldwork Prize was set up in 2006 by the School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology.  The Award was created following the success of the Royal Geographical Society /Institute of British Geographers’ Annual International Conference in January 2002.

The Prize will be awarded annually to student(s) registered for a higher degree within the School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology.  The purpose of the prize is to assist a student or students with a fieldwork project.  Preference may be given to a cultural environment and/or international project.

The awarding committee will include the Head of School (or their nominee), at least two Directors of Research and the Postgraduate Coordinator.

The total money awarded annually will initially be a maximum of £1,000*

The Scholarship may be awarded in conjunction with any other prize, or award or studentship.  A student may not normally be awarded the prize more than once during the student’s postgraduate registration.

Procedure:

The regulations, details for the prize and an application form can be obtained from the School Manager in the School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology from November onwards.  The deadline for receipt of applications is the first Friday in February.

Applications should be typed and need to include the following:

  • Student's name, address and student number
  • Name of Supervisor
  • A brief explanation about the nature of the project (preference may be given to cultural environment and/or international research projects)
  • A plan to include how the prize money will be spent
  • Details of any other funding/awards
  • A signed endorsement from the Supervisor.
  • In the event of a tie the prize will be divided.

* Any remaining sum in the income balance will be re-invested annually to maintain the value of the prize.  The value of the award and the regulations will be reassessed by the Head of the School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology every 3 years.

Kerr Masters Program Scholarship

The Masters Program Scholarship, of a value of £500, will be awarded to the Masters student (full-time) entering an Archaeology/Palaeoecology-based Masters Program who, in the judgement of the Kerr Bequest Committee, has achieved the highest degree results in their final undergraduate degree program, preceding entry to Masters program.

If there are two eligible students, that cannot be differentiated, then the Scholarship will be divided equally between the two.

[Revised February 2010]

Travel Awards

The W A Hill Civil Engineering Travel Fund

The fund was set up in 2007 by the son, daughter and grandson of William Allan Hill to commemorate his memory.

William Allan Hill graduated from Queen’s University in 1925 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and in 1934 with an MSc.   His career as a Civil Engineer began with the London Midland & Scottish Railway first in Belfast, then London, and continued with the Belfast & County Down Railway and the Ulster Transport Authority before his retirement in 1968.   He retained his interest in all aspects of civil engineering until his death in 2007 at the age of 102.

The fund is established to provide bursaries to facilitate travel and/or attendance at conferences in the field of structural engineering.   Preference will be given to bridge engineering. Conferences may be interpreted to include visits to gain technical experience.

Bursaries can be awarded to anyone in the civil engineering department including undergraduates, postgraduates and staff.   A recipient should not receive more than one bursary in any three year period.

A short summary of approximately 500 words describing how the bursary has been used is to be submitted to the donors, via the Head of School, within three calendar months of return from travel.

The maximum bursary available is £800.  

Click here to Apply Travel Scholarship 2016

The Ray Armstrong Travel Bursary (Supported by John Sisk & Son)

This bursary has been established in March 2012 for an initial period of five years after which it will be reviewed by the donor. The travel bursary is funded by John Sisk & Son in memory of the late Ray Armstrong, their colleague and friend.  Mr Armstrong graduated from Queen’s University in 1979 with a BSc in Civil Engineering.

The bursary of up to £3000 will be available annually until 2016 and thereafter reviewed by the benefactor.

The purpose of the bursary is to assist students to travel and undertake international work experience and to attend and/or present at conferences to enable them to extend their knowledge in the field of Civil Engineering. 

Applicants should define the learning outcomes of the travel and show how this will benefit their educational development.  There are up to 2 bursaries available.

Click here to apply - Travel Scholarship 2016

The Abdur Rahim Mahsud and Jim Dornan Travel Scholarships

These travel scholarships were set up by Queen’s University Alumni Professor Jim Dornan and his wife Dr Samina Dornan in recognition of the support and material sacrifices made by their parents in encouraging them to achieve their academic goals.

The scholarships are intended to provide students with the opportunity to benefit professionally, socially and academically from travel. 

These scholarships were established in 2011 and funded for a period of five years.   A total of £3,500 will be available per annum.  Awards will be made by the School’s Scholarship Sub-Committee and the funds will be used to support travel or research for students undertaking an intercalated degree within the School.  These can be intercalated Masters or BSc degrees.  In considering applications the Committee will make awards for:

(a)  Intercalated students travelling to present work at conferences.

(b)  Research grants to support intercalated research projects which may include travel to another institution or a conference.

A candidate can only receive one award in an academic session.

Click here to apply - Travel Scholarship 2016

Santander Mobility Award

Santander Mobility Prize

Queen’s University Belfast is proud to be a member of the prestigious international Santander Universities network

This strategic partnership between Queen’s University Belfast and Santander has created a range of opportunities for both staff and students to participate in a range of activities and to encourage exchange and interaction between members of the University and other member universities of the Santander Universities Network

Santander Scholarship Application Form