Student dissertation prize

Does your dissertation link to sustainability?  If so, you might be eligible to enter our sustainability dissertation prize competition.

Eligibility and criteria

The prizes are open to any student who submits a dissertation/major project as part of their degree that directly addresses the University’s sustainability learning outcomes (Academic Regulations 2016, p26–31).

Academic regulations 2016 


Students must write 200-500 words indicating how their dissertation links to sustainability and send this to their dissertation supervisors informing them they would like to be entered into the prize. 

One dissertation per department is submitted by the Head of Department by email attachment to Submissions should include the student’s SID and degree course as well as the 200-500 word written piece, and a copy of the marker's feedback. 

Submissions will be judged by staff from the Global Sustainability Institute (GSI)

Deadline for submissions: 

Undergraduate -tbc 

Postgraduate -tbc 

Previous undergraduate winners 

2017/18 -Tilbury Riverside G.A.R.D.E.N.S - Gardens, Allotments, Regeneration, Docks, Engagement, Nature, Sustainability, Megan Pledger, BA (Hons) Architecture student.You can read the full dissertation here, or watch the student's reflective video here

2016/17 -Assessing Neighbourly Limited's approach to corporate social responsibility, stakeholders and sustainability reporting, Joe Ball, BSc (Hons.) Business Management 

Highly commended 

The following dissertations were highly commended by the judging panel: 

2017/18 - Cigarette butt litter: An underestimated environmental issue?Thomas Starkey, BSc (Hons) Zoology. 

2017/18 - Nudging towards sustainability: The potential role of the Michelin Guide, Alisha Fearon, BSc (Hons) Business Management 

2016/17 - Lorry trailer redesign adjustable roof for fuel efficiency through drag reduction, Alan Marks, (BEng) Mechanical Engineering 

2016/17 - An investigation into the effectiveness of re-purposed food based organic powders when used for enhancing latent fingermarks, Craig Griffiths, BSc (Hons) Crime and Investigative Studies 

Runners up

2017/18 - The impact of uncorrected refractive error as a leading cause of blindness and visual impairement; conflicted trends in prevalence between western sub-saharan Africa and East Asia, Penny Ardley, BSc Ophthalmic Dispensing

2017/18 - Empathy as a new way 'in': Exploring empathy as a success factor for female leaders in the context of the changing leadership requirements in the 21st century, Claire Deschler, BSc (Hons) International Business

2016/17 - Boal in applied theatre today: Voicing the marginalised, Margaret Humphery, BA Music and Performing Art

2016/17 - Tri-dimensional foraging -niche segregation of woodland birds at Brampton Wood, Cambridgeshire, Gaius Anthony de Smidt, BSc (Hons) Zoology