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The Department of Materials Science recognises achievements within its staff and graduate student communities with a number of awards and prizes.  Additionally, outstanding undergraduate student achievements are rewarded annually at the end of each academic year and these are recorded here and within the University Reporter


Research Awards

Armourers and Brasiers Company Post-Doctoral Prize

Every year the Armourers and Brasiers' Company awards a maximum of two departmental Post-Doctoral prizes, with a total value of £2,500 shared between the prize winners. These will be made to postdoctoral researchers who have made a significant contribution to the following in the Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy: 

  • Science; and 
  • Teaching and/or in outreach 

Information regarding the A&B postdoctoral prize will be circulated via email to academics and all postdoc research staff, usually early in the Lent Term.  Full details of the process, criteria, submission materials, and nomination deadline will be provided at that time. 

The nomination is expected to comprise a 2-page CV, a list of publications, a 1-page statement outlining research and teaching and/or outreach achievements, and a 1-page letter of support from their PI, submitted directly by the PI to the secretary of the departmental Research Committee. The award is intended to be for a particularly outstanding postdoctoral scientist, but one who has not been recognised through award of a University Royal Society Fellowship, a college-based Junior Research Fellowship, an EPSRC Research Fellowship, or similar.


Teaching Prizes

The following prizes are awarded by the Teaching Committee, in collaboration with the Head of Department and/or their Deputy Head for Teaching matters.


Departmental Teaching Prize (awarded in even years)

Awarded to academic teaching staff for teaching excellence.


Teaching Associate Prize (awarded in odd years)

Awarded for an outstanding contribution to teaching by a person from outside of the academic teaching staff.   This could be a research fellow, senior technical officer, technician, administrator or similar role and could be for excellence in support of teaching, and thus necessarily in regard to direct delivery of teaching.


Demonstrator Prize (awarded annually)

Awarded to a PhD Student or post-doc for significant contributions to demonstrating in undergraduate or MPhil practical classes.