Awards and prizes
The College may award undergraduate scholarships and exhibitions to those who perform very well in University examinations and/or College work and examinations. These awards are made to reward academic excellence and to encourage students to work at the highest level. Students do not apply for awards or prizes, but are nominated by their tutors.
The College also administers a number of competitions during the year. Students can enter competitions without being nominated by tutors.
Competitions for non-College members
- The Julia Wood Prize
The Principal and Fellows of St Hugh’s College offer the Prize, worth up to £500, for the best historical essay submitted by a pupil who, at the closing date, has been in the Sixth Form of any school or college for a period of not more than two years. The winning essay is published on the College’s website. More information about the prize and how to enter is available on the Julia Wood Prize poster 2017.
The Julia Wood Prize essay was published in History Today magazine, from 1994 until the last issue was published. Members of Oxford University now have e-access to the entire magazine, covering the first issue of 1951 to current content (through SOLO).
- The Mary Renault Essay Prize
The Principal and Fellows of St Hugh’s College offer the Mary Renault Prize for an essay on classical reception or influence by pupils in Year 12 or 13. The prize is in memory of alumna, the author Mary Renault, who is best known for her historical novels set in ancient Greece. The prize, worth up to £500, is for the best essay written by a pupil who, is not studying either Latin or Greek to A-level standard. The deadline for entries is 28th July 2017 and more details can be found on the Mary Renault competition poster.
- The Colin Matthew Fund Travel Awards
The Colin Matthew Fund, though associated with the College (Colin Matthew was a Tutor in History at St Hugh’s College), is a University-wide travel grant. More details are available here.
Undergraduate Academic awards
- The Hurry Prize
£400 award to the most distinguished finalist. Recommendations are considered by the Hurry Prize Committee, which meets in Michaelmas Term.
- The Alison Sheppard Prize for Mathematics
£350 award for the third-year mathematician with the highest first class mark. The prize will be open to all joint schools; the prize will be assessed only on the students’ mathematical achievements, including Statistics, but not Computer Science or Philosophy.
- The Elizabeth Francis Prize
£50 award to a student of French who has shown marked improvement over the second year.
- The Hilary Haworth Prize
£100 to a student in the second or penultimate year of a Mathematics or Science degree.
- The Mary Lunt Prize in Practical Biochemistry
£50 award. Awarded to the Biochemistry finalist with the best Part II Project mark.
- The John Morris Medical Award
£300 award for the top performance in preclinical finals.
- The Jonathan Boulter Memorial Award
£300 for the top performance at first BM.
- The Jones Award
£400 for the top performance in clinical finals.
- The Lois Vernon Prizes
Part 1A is a £150 award for the best performing St Hugh’s chemist in the second year examination (with the stipulation that it must be a first class ranking equivalent).
Practical work is a £150 award for the chemist scoring the highest practical mark after part 1B.
- Final Honour School Prizes
All undergraduates awarded a first for the Final Honour School receive a prize of £50 form the College; some of these prizes are associated with a named donor.
- Book Prizes
Tutors may nominate a student for book prizes of £50 for truly excellent performance in College Collections or vacation essays, etc. Recommendations are considered by Education Committee.
Scholarships are automatically awarded to students who have obtained a first or distinction in the First Public Examination or in intermediate (Part I Final, etc.) examinations. Scholarships are worth £200 with several nights free vacation residence annually, and are granted form the start of the academic year following the examination.
Recommendations for exhibitions (worth £150 with several nights free vacation residence annually) may be made by subject tutors in the cases of candidates who, following a year of strong academic performance, were ‘near-miss’ for first or distinction in either First Public or intermediate examinations, or who obtained a University Prize in a single paper in such examinations. recommendations are considered by Education Committee.
- The Avril Gilchrist Bruten Award for Creative Writing
A £250 prize. Categories of writing included in the scope of the award include: poetry; short prose fiction; drama; memoir and life writing; travel writing. Entries, of not more than 6,000 words, should be submitted to the College Office by 5th week of Hilary Term.
- The Edith McMorran Verse Translation Prize
Two prizes of £100 and £50. Entries should be between 12 and 60 lines in length, and will be translations into English of verse writing in French, German, Italian, or Spanish. Submissions should be made to the appropriate Modern Languages Fellow by 0th week of Hilary Term.
- The Joseph and Nancy Burton Prize (Undergraduate Only)
A £250 prize awarded on the basis of an essay, no longer than 10,000 words, submitted by any undergraduate of St Hugh’s College in a topic in Philosophy, Politics, or Economics. Essays should be submitted to the appropriate Tutorial Fellow by 2nd week of Trinity Term.
Essays on a topic in Philosophy should be submitted to Professor Adrian Moore, those on a topic in Politics to Professor David Doyle, and those on a topic in Economics to Dr Sanjay Jain. Enquiries can be addressed to any of these Tutors.
- The Anna Haxworth Prize
This £60 prize is awarded for a musical performance of between 10 and 15 minutes on any instrument or voice (excepting the organ) by any student, providing, if need be, their own accompanist. The competition is usually held in Trinity Term and the winner invited to give a recital shortly afterwards.
- The Gladstone Memorial Trust Travel Awards
The Gladstone Memorial Trust Travel Awards are intended to give students in their first or second undergraduate year (or third year of a four year course) at Oxford or Cambridge an opportunity to travel abroad and extend their knowledge of foreign countries. Final year undergraduates are not eligible.
Eight or more Travel Awards of up to £600 will be awarded for imaginative travel.
For full details please see the Gladstone Memorial Trust website.
Application advice for Oxford students can be sought from Professor George Garnett.