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University History Prizes

The University History Prizes are awarded for original work undertaken on an aspect of the University’s history.

  • First prize: £350
  • Second prize: £150
  • Deadline for entries: Friday, 9 June 2017

The University of Manchester History Prizes are awarded for student work that either presents original research on the history of the University, or presents an aspect of the University’s history and heritage in an engaging way. 

The form of your work could be either academic or creative, such as an essay, short story, film, artwork or podcast.

To be eligible, an entry must link to an aspect of the University’s rich and diverse history and heritage. For example, your work might focus on:

  • student life in the past, such as clubs and societies, social life and student accommodation;
  • the life of a former student or member of staff at the University, such as George Gissing, Christabel Pankhurst, Ellen Wilkinson, Alan Turing or Marie Stopes;
  • the archaeology of our campus or the architecture of our historic buildings;
  • the history of a department, subject or hall of residence at the University.

If you’re not sure whether you work or idea would be eligible, please email

The competition is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students at The University of Manchester. Entries must be emailed, with a completed application form, to by Friday, 9 June 2017, with ‘University History Prize’ in the subject line.