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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 Fellowship

Every year the Armourers and Brasiers Company awards a Post-Doctoral Fellowship of £2,500 to go to an outstanding post-doc in the Department and the prize was originally set up by Sir Colin Humphreys . Nominations are requested early in the Lent Term and these comprise a CV, including a list of key papers published, and supporting statement from the Supervisor (approximately 300- 500 words). The criteria include contributions to research in their particular field and also contributions to teaching support or other activities in the Department and high quality communication skills. The award is intended to be for a particularly outstanding post-doctoral scientist, but one who has not been recognised through award of a Royal Society Fellowship or similar.

Calls for nominations will be made to academic staff in February and nominations will be considered at the Research Committee meeting following this in February / March.


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.