Prizes and awards

Each year College of Arts and Humanities students are commended for various aspects of their work with the award of prizes during Graduate show. Our generous sponsors include the Morgan Cairn Partnership, Perkins and Will, Nagoya University of Arts and Seoul National University.


College Prizes

The June and Sidney Crown dissertation prize.

Dr June Crown CBE (Doctor of Science) and previously Vice Chair of the Board of Governors at University of Brighton, and her husband, Dr Sidney Crown, generously endowed an annual award starting in 1999 to be known as the 'June and Sidney Crown Dissertation Prize’. This prize is for demonstrating excellence in the field of undergraduate research within a dissertation. 

The Chaplaincy Prize for Creative Sustainability

This prize is directed towards final year students in the School of Art, Design and Media that have either used recycled products as part of their final year project or have shown how the arts disciplines can raise environmental awareness. In both cases this would include part of the final year project exhibition in the form of a piece of art, textiles, photographic work, media piece, architecture design, etc. It is hoped that prize winners will be happy to exhibit a piece of their work or provide photographs at the Dorset Gardens Church for a period to be agreed, also to include articles/photographs in the local church magazine, local and national church websites. 

Prizes for Art and Design Practice

The Edward Baden Fine Art Prize

The sponsor, Edward Baden Relocations sponsor a prize for graduating students within the Fine Art Department. Edward Baden are a leading commercial and personal property relocation company. The prize is made available to final year students undertaking a course within the Fine Art Department and will be awarded to the student deemed to have shown exceptional achievement in the field of contemporary fine art. 

Designing for the future prize presented by Philippa Aldrich, The Future Perfect Company, a competition which encourages young designers to design a new product which addresses one or more of the challenges associated with ageing and people living longer. Read Designing for the future blog posts. 

Desogus Awards in memory and celebration of the artist Anna-Maria Desogus (born 2 December 1968) who lost her fight with cancer on 9 February 2008. Awarded in recognition of innovation and creativity within Design and Craft. 

Gerald Dennis Prize is in recognition of the best body of printmaking work, donated by Matt Dennis in commemoration of Gerald Dennis who worked at University of Brighton as a lecturer. 

John Vernon Lord Sketchbook Prize

Author and illustrator John Vernon Lord has been a pioneer in the education of illustrators and a life-long contributor to the work of the illustration department at the University of Brighton. He was made Emeritus Professor in 1999 and remains a visiting and associated academic. John Vernon Lord 's work combines practice as a book illustrator; author and illustrator of children's books and author of published articles related to the subject of illustration. A number of his books have been translated into many languages and some have been reissued in hardback and paperback editions in the UK and abroad. The Giant Jam Sandwich, for instance, was first published by Jonathan Cape in 1970 and is still in print 32 years later. 

Nagoya University, Japan, prize awarded by Japanese visitors to the Graduate Show in recognition of outstanding artistic achievement.  

Seoul National University, Korea, prize awarded by Korean visitors the Graduate Show in recognition of outstanding artistic achievement. Five Prizes are awarded to students for their artistic ability and interesting concepts from their specialisms.

Tom Grimsey Prize

Tom was course leader for Sculpture at the University of Brighton College of Arts. Much of his practice involved working with architects, engineers and town planners to integrate large-scale art projects into the fabric of urban regeneration. In the field of public art Grimsey endeavoured to bring innovation and colour to an unsuspecting audience, and through research and public consultation, to achieve consensus without compromise. To create new spaces and give identity to often unloved urban settings. Tom was a ‘Henry Moore Sculpture Fellow’ from 1990-1991.

In memory of Tom Grimsey who died in 2014 and taught sculpture at University of Brighton. This prize is awarded for a piece of work from a graduating student in sculpture, that best reflects the spirit of Tom Grimsey. 

Prizes in Architecture

RIBA Prize

The Lovell Memorial Trust, established in May 1939 is a small fund which has as its stated objective ‘advancing the education of persons who are students of architecture and subjects related thereto and are resident or studying in the area of the South East Region of the Royal Institute of British Architects. RIBA Branches fund the Student Prizes at Brighton, Kent and UCA. The Degree and Diploma Prizes awarded at each School will increase to £200 per prize. Part 1 and Part 2 Prizes. 

Latham's Innovation in Timber Award

Since the first James Latham began importing hardwoods into Liverpool in 1757, the company, has, under the continuing management and direction of the Latham family, developed into a leading importer and distributor of wood-based sheet materials (panel products), joinery quality softwood and hardwood and hardwood flooring.

The Group is an involved supporter of Forests Forever and a signatory to its recommended policies. Forests Forever is a campaign by Britain’s Timber industry to help safeguard the forests of the world by encouraging improved forest management, responsible trading and the promotion of the positive environmental aspects of using timber.

This award is open to Architecture and Interiors graduating students to produce a project which shows the most innovative use of timber.

Make Award for Excellence in Architecture

This award is given to a final year Master of Architecture student in recognition of their consistent excellence throughout the Masters programme. The nominated pieces of work were considered by the panel at the College’s end of year private view and a winning applicant determined by the panel. Applicants were judged on their entered work being in line with the values of the donor. A cash prize of £500 is awarded to the winning student along with a certificate of recognition. 

Morgan Carn Prize

The Morgan Carn Partnership was formed in 1957 and has established a reputation for quality architecture that is buildable and cost effective. The speciality of the practice is unlocking the potential of complex sites that are often sterilised or restricted by planning policies or issues such as flooding, contamination, neighbouring buildings, etc.

Perkins & Will Thesis Prize for Architecture

Sponsor: Will Poole-Wilson

Mission of the prize: The mission of the Perkins & Will Thesis prize is to promote strong design underpinned by a considered and well researched thesis illustrating concern for the core issues of sustainability, social responsibility, diversity, wellness and innovation.

Eligibility: Final year students of the Master of Architecture (MArch) RIBA Part 2 Course.

Perkins & Will Thesis Prize for Interior Architecture

Final year students of both the BA Interior Architecture Course and final year students of the Masters of Interior Design Course. Judging criteria: Work was considered in relation to the underlying mission of the prize, and will include both design portfolios (including technology submissions) and architectural humanities dissertations.

The Waste House Prize for Circular Design 

Mission of the prize: To raise awareness amongst students and staff of the importance and to add value to the understanding and challenges presented to design industries by the ambitions of a truly ‘circular economy’.

Eligibility: Final Year Undergraduate, Second Year Undergraduate, First Year Undergraduate, Final Year Masters, PhD Graduating Year Undergraduate students and Graduating Year Masters students

Selection Criteria: That the design proposition attempts to fold in issues of “designing for re-manufacture” from its inception. Sponsor: Duncan Baker-Brown, BBM Sustainable Design Architects, Cooksbridge Station House.

Prizes in Film and Photography

Tom Buckeridge Award

Photography Award for College of Arts and Humanities in memory of Tom Buckeridge who taught at Brighton Art School from 1964. He had previously taught at Leicester College of Art and had worked extensively as a professional photographer. Tom designed and planned the photography studios and dark rooms in Grand Parade. Selection criteria: Best student after final year assessment.Tom Buckeridge photography award for best student after final year assessment.

The David Thomas Film-making Award sponsored by Sarah Thomas, supports the School of Humanities by awarding a £250 prize per year to a graduating student. This prize is in memory of David Thomas who died recently and was a student at the University of Brighton. A panel from the School of Humanities created a shortlist of final year students based on their performance on Humanities filmmaking modules.