The Senate agreed that, with effect from December 2004, a Chancellor's Medal should be awarded for exceptional performance at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra, who retired as the university's founding Chancellor, having completed 40 years of service, gave her approval for a Chancellor's Medal to be awarded for academic merit to the highest-performing undergraduates and postgraduates. Each year presentations are made to up to five graduates of taught masters' courses, and up to six to the highest-performing undergraduates. The awards are made as an integral part of one or more degree ceremonies, and the medals are inscribed with the name of the student concerned, his/her scheme of study, and the year of presentation.
The medals are awarded on the basis of exceptional performance; for undergraduates, based on the three recipients of the Williams Pickles Prizes and the winners of the Merton Atkins Prize, and for postgraduates, for the most outstanding masters course student in each of the faculties, on the recommendation of the dean and the associate deans (postgraduate studies).
Several History students, both undergraduate and postgraduate, who have been awarded the Chancellor's Medal since it was first introduced.