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Student Research Prize

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UKLA Student Research Prize

The UKLA Student Research Prize is awarded annually. The award is given for an outstanding student dissertation at under-graduate, post-graduate or higher degree level undertaken at a UK institution. Studies using any research approach (ethnographic, experimental, historical, etc.) are encouraged. Each study is assessed in the light of the chosen approach, the scholarly quality of its report, and its contribution to the field of literacy.


Criteria for Consideration for the Prize

The nominee for the award must be a UKLA member.

The dissertation must be solely student-authored.

The research must have been conducted, at least in part, after 1 August, in the year prior to nomination.

The application for the award (obtain this from the committee chair or the website) must be accompanied by a sponsorship form (included with Prize application materials) which outlines the support of the student's own institution.  This would normally be the dissertation supervisor.

Application materials, including the application form signed by the supervising tutor or a relevant member of department, a cover sheet, and an abstract of the dissertation, must be received by 10 November,  in the year of nomination by:

Cathy Burnett

Faculty of Development and Society, Sheffield Hallam University, Arundel Building, Charles Street, Sheffield S1 2NE


Julia Davies

School of Education, The University of Sheffield, 388 Glossop Road, Sheffield, S10 2JA

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Applications will be assessed by the UKLA sub-committee and a short- list  will be drawn up.  The complete works short-listed will then be requested as electronic Microsoft Word files.  The successful applicant will be selected on 14 November at a meeting of the UKLA Research Sub-committee. Review categories include:

  • Significance
  • Rationale
  • Methodology or theoretical soundness
  • Analysis and presentation of results or concepts
  • Quality of writing
  • Contribution to the field

Applicants will be notified of results by the end of March, 2016.  The winners will be given the opportunity to attend the next UKLA conference to receive their prize and to present their research. It is necessary therefore to check that the nominee is able to attend. 

The nomination needs to be with UKLA by November 10th 2015.


Details of the Student Research Prize

Student Research Prize Nomination form

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  • Opportunities to apply for research grants
  • Get involved and make a difference
  • Be part of the future of literacy learning and teaching