The Undergraduate Awards

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You could achieve worldwide recognition in the Undergraduate Awards.

The Undergraduate Awards is the largest international academic awards programme. It aims to celebrate and support the world’s brightest and most innovative undergraduate students by recognising their best coursework and projects.

The University of Birmingham is an affiliate of the awards.

The deadline for 2018 submissions has now passed.

Find out more on The Undergraduate Awards website.

Lauren Young

(BA Drama and Theatre Arts, 2016)

“If you have a piece of work that you are proud of, then it's definitely worth submitting. You don't lose anything by doing so and if it gets Highly Commended or wins then you get this sense of achievement and pride.”

Submitting your work

  • All penultimate and final year students, and 2017 graduates can submit work that they have completed as an undergraduate.
  • All pieces of coursework need to be submitted anonymously. This includes removing your name, student number, and anything that could identify the University.
  • You can submit a maximum of three papers / projects across any of the categories.
  • You can submit any piece of individual undergraduate coursework, which has received a 2.1 or higher.
    • If you have not received your grade for a piece of coursework,  you can still submit the work if you have received a 2.1 or higher in the most recent completed academic year.
    • You can edit their work before it is sent to the Undergraduate Awards, to incorporate feedback from your tutor etc.
    • Read more about the Submission Eligibility.

The reward

  • The submissions from the Global Winners for each category are published in the Undergraduate Awards annual academic journal, along with the names of the Highly Commended entrants. The journals are sent to every Affiliate Institution’s library and are often requested by academics as a directory of the finest undergraduates from every discipline.
  • Winners and Highly Commended Entrants receive an exclusive invitation to the Undergraduate Awards Global Summit in Dublin – a four day event where you would take part in discussions, workshops and events to enhance your personal development. For Global Winners, this trip is paid for by the Undergraduate Awards.
  • Winners and Highly Commended Entrants become members of the Undergraduate Awards alumni network, which offers personal access to fellow world-class scholars across the globe.

Past successes

2017

  • Daniel Cueva was a Global Winner in the Economics category.
  • Kia Marie Hunt was a Regional Winner in the Language and Linguistics category.
  • Scott Gordon was a Regional Winner in the Classical Studies and Archaeology category.
  • Alexander Dunn received a Highly Commended in the Psychology category.
  • Bethany Vernon received a Highly Commended in the Literature category.
  • Emma Pellegrinelli received a Highly Commended in the Language and Linguistics category.
  • Greg Woodin received a Highly Commended in the Langauge and Linguistics category.
  • Kristina Sourlekova received a Highly Commended in the Psychology category.

2016

  • Gabrielle Mendes received a Highly Commended in the Education category.
  • Lauren Young received a Highly Commended in the Art History, Music, Film and Theatre category.

2015

  • Eleanor Dawkins received a Highly Commended in the Psychology category.
  • Emma Roberts received a Highly Commended in the Nursing and Midwifery category.
  • Katie Sunnucks received a Highly Commended in the Medical Sciences category.