Departmental prizes

English offers the following undergraduate and postgraduate prizes after our Midsummer Board of Examiners at the end of each academic year.

G. S. Fraser Prize

Winner of a poetry competition adjudicated by staff in English.

  • 1 x £50 prize

Jean and Arthur Humphreys Prize

Awarded to the undergraduate student in English achieving the highest dissertation mark. In the event of two or more students achieving the same mark, the prize will be awarded jointly. 

  • 1 x £50 prize

Waddington Prize

Three highest overall averages in final-year English. In the event of two or more students achieving the third-highest final-year overall average, the prize will be awarded to the student with the most final-year first-class modules. If this does not result in a clear winner, the prize will be awarded to the student with the fewest final-year module marks below 60.

  • 3 x £50 prizes

Waddington English Language Prize

The Waddington English Language Prize for the student who achieves the highest overall average in their second and third year EN-coded Language modules.  In the event of two students achieving the same average, the prize will be awarded to the student with the most first-class module marks. If this does not result in a clear winner, the prize will be awarded to the student with the fewest module marks below 60.

  • 1 x £50 prize

Waddington First Year Prize

The Waddington First Year Prize for the single-subject English student achieving the highest average across their four core first year modules (EN1010, EN1020, EN1040, EN1050). In the event of two students achieving the same average, the prize will be awarded to the student with the most first-class module marks. If this does not result in a clear winner, the prize will be awarded to the student with the fewest module marks below 60.

  • 1 x £50 prize

Waddington Second Year Prize

The Waddington Second Year Prize for the single-subject English student achieving the highest average across their six second year EN-coded modules. In the event of two students achieving the same average, the prize will be awarded to the student with the most first-class module marks. If this does not result in a clear winner, the prize will be awarded to the student with the fewest module marks below 60.

  • 1 x £50 prize

Waddington Joint Degree Prize

The Waddington Joint Degree Prize for English for the student who achieves the highest overall average in their second and third year EN-coded modules. In the event of two students achieving the same average, the prize will be awarded to the student with the most first-class module marks. If this does not result in a clear winner, the prize will be awarded to the student with the fewest module marks below 60.

  • 1 x £50 prize

Waddington MA Prize

The Waddington MA Prize in English for the student who produces the best MA dissertation in each of the MA programmes offered by the School of English (campus and distance learning).  The dissertation must be at distinction level. The holder of the Collins prize is not eligible. In the event of two or more students achieving the same dissertation mark, the prize will be awarded jointly.

  • 1 x £50 prize

John Coleman Creative Writing Prize

Awarded to the student with the highest Creative Writing module mark (Years 2 and 3 only).

  • 1 x £50 prize

Dr Wallace Henry Prize

Awarded to the final-year English student achieving the highest average across their second and third year In the event of two students achieving the same average, the prize will be awarded to the student with the most first-class module marks. If this does not result in a clear winner, the prize will be awarded to the student with the fewest module marks below 60.

  • 1 x £65 prize

Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society Prize

Awarded to the student who has produced the best final-year assessed Special Subject essay In the event of two or more students achieving the same mark, the prize will be awarded jointly.

  • 1 x £75 prize

The Professor Philip Collins Prize

For the best MA dissertation in Victorian Studies In the event of two or more students achieving the same dissertation mark, the prize will be awarded jointly.

  • 1 x £100 prize