Departmental Prizes

Computer Science

J D White Memorial Prize

Three prizes, each to the value of £200, may be awarded to BSc in Information Management and Computing students achieving the best performance in each of the three years of the programme in the view of the Programme Board.

John White was appointed as a lecturer at Loughborough University in 1974 as one of the founder members of the Department of Library and Information Studies. He had previously worked with scientific information for the Monsanto Company and the United Kingdom Chemical Information Service (UKCIS) and joined the Department on the strength of his known interest in the computerised retrieval of scientific information. Whilst he was a lecturer in the Department, John White developed this interest into a broader concern with the use of computers in library and information work. To this end, he and another colleague Fred Smith wrote their own library management software (a heroic enterprise on the almost unimaginably crude and slow machines then available) to simulate the operation of such systems for teaching purposes. So effective were these programs that colleagues were also able to use them for other purposes such as the handling of research data. John is remembered in the Department for his courageous fight against cancer, teaching the subjects to which he was so committed until shortly before his death in 1990.

First Year Prizes

Loughborough University Development Trust Prize (Part A Prize)  

A prize to the value of £50 to be awarded to an exceptional first-year student who the Department judges either to have overcome significant difficulties (academic or personal) to complete the year of study or to have made the best overall contribution to the Department and fellow students.

The prize is funded through the Development Trust. The Trust exists to support the University in giving students an outstanding quality of educational experience. It raises funds from former students and other friends of the University. Their generosity has made this prize possible.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch First Year Prize

A prize, to the value of £200, to be awarded annually to the first-year student on one of the Department of Computer Science’s programmes with the best academic performance as judged by the programme board.

Second Year Prizes

Conoco (UK) Ltd Prize

A prize to the value of £150 is awarded annually to a second-year student whose academic performance has shown the most improvement.

Loughborough University Development Trust Prize (Part B Prize)  

A prize to the value of £75 to be awarded to an exceptional second-year student who the Department judges either to have overcome significant difficulties (academic or personal) to complete the year of study or to have made the best overall contribution to the Department and fellow students.

The prize is funded through the Development Trust. The Trust exists to support the University in giving students an outstanding quality of educational experience. It raises funds from former students and other friends of the University. Their generosity has made this prize possible.

Ford Prize – Best Overall Performance in Part B

A general prize of £250 for best overall performance in Part B (performance measured by % average). The prize winner for this award will be decided at the summer Exam boards.

Ford Prize – Best Exam Performance on COB101

A prize to the value of £200 to be awarded to the student with highest exam mark (highest %) on COB101. The prize winner will be decided once external moderation of the module has occurred in order to allow the Ford Motor Company to present the prize during Semester 2

Ford Prize - Second Best Exam Performance on COB101

A prize to the value of £100 to be awarded to the student with second highest exam mark (second highest %) on COB101. The prize winner will be decided once external moderation of the module has occurred in order to allow the Ford Motor Company to present the prize during Semester 2

Ford Prize – Best Group Coursework Performance (COB101)

A prize to the value of £450 to be awarded to the Group producing the best Coursework (highest %) on module COB101. The prize will be split equally amongst the winning team members. The prize winner will be decided once external moderation of the module has occurred in order to allow the Ford Motor Company to present the prize during Semester 2.


Final Year Prizes

Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Final Year Project Prize

A prize, of a certificate and two years’ free membership of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, to be awarded for the best final-year project by a Computer Science student. The winner will be determined by the programme board.

MSci Finalist Prize

A prize, to the value of £200, to be awarded annually to the final year student on one of the Department of Computer Science’s MSci programmes with the best academic performance as judged by the examination board.

PwC Prize for the Best Information Technology Final Year Project

A prize, to the value of £200, to be awarded for the best Information Technology project by a Department of Computer Science finalist student. The winner will be determined by the programme board.

Chris Miller BSc Finalist Prize

A prize, to the value of £200, to be awarded annually to the final year student on one of the Department of Computer Science’s BSc programmes with the best academic performance as judged by the examination board.

Diploma of Professional Studies Poster/Video Prize

A prize to the value of £200 may be awarded to a Department of Computer Science student for the poster or video judged to be the best from those submitted as a partial requirement for the award of the Diploma of Professional Studies.  Students become eligible for this award at the time they graduate.


Postgraduate Prizes

Professor Ondrej Sykora Remembrance Prize

A prize to the value of £1,000 may be awarded for a Computer Science paper accepted for publication during their registration period by a research student registered in the Department of Computer Science. A committee from the department will select the successful paper.  The Department will not make an award in the event that no suitably high quality paper can be found.

CommAgility MSc Project Prize

A prize, to the value of £250, to be awarded for the best wireless communications project by a Department of Computer Science MSc student. The winner will be determined by the programme board.