University prizes

The University awards student prizes at twice-yearly graduation ceremonies, in summer and in December. This page explains how prizes are given and processed.

Nominating a prize winner

Twice a year, the Programmes and Assessment (Events) team sends the named prize contact in each academic school a list of their departments current University official prizes to request the winners.  This will be entered into the students record.  

These documents are sent ahead of graduation and give a deadline for their return, to allow time for printed graduation ceremony programmes to include details of finalist prize awardees.

To check or change the named prize contact, or to request the prize form at other times of the year, contact the Events team.

Official University prizes list

The list of official University prizes is maintained by the Events team and any requests for a prize to be added to this list must be submitted to them. Under no circumstances may a school amend the prize form to include additional prizes, which have not yet been approved.

Processing prize awards

Once the properly-authorised prize form has been received, the Events team will officially record the prize and include each of the awardees on their graduation ceremony programme, if applicable.


Once the Student Finance team has included any monetary prizes on the University’s payment system, they will email (via their University email account) any awarded students who have not yet provided their bank details and ask them to do so. They must do this via the University’s secure Student Portal. There are instructions to help students on inputting your bank details into the Portal on the SES student website.


Prizes can only be paid to UK bank accounts. Recipients of monetary prizes should receive their award on the second Tuesday after the prizes have been input on the University’s payment system by the Student Finance team and the student has provided bank details.