Undergraduate Prizes

Tom Lawrenson Prize

The prize, established in 1983 by the department of French Studies to commemorate the work of the late Professor T E Lawrenson, the first head of the department, is awarded annually to the undergraduate with the best overall performance in the final examinations for a degree in French Studies or in French Studies and another major subject. It consists of books or book tokens to the value of £50. The prize was first awarded in 1983. In 2005 the terms of the prize were extended to include all single and major students registered within the Department of Languages and Cultures.

Max Adereth Memorial Prize

The prize takes the form of a book token to the value of £50 and is awarded annually to the Second Year undergraduate who offers the best all-round performance in single or combined major in French Studies, and who has made a contribution to the cultural and social life of the French studies section. The prize remembers Max Adereth, who was a Senior Lecturer in French Studies in the 70s and 80s, and an expert on French Committed poetry. Max died relatively young, and colleagues’ contributions made up the prize, first awarded in 1991. In 2005 the terms of the prize were extended to include all single and combined major students registered within the Department of Languages and Cultures.

Lola Maud Dalton Prizes

The prizes result from a benefaction from the estate of the late Miss Alzira Eloise Dalton, of Thurnham Hall, Lancaster, who desired that an annual prize for modern language studies be instituted and called after her sister Lola Maud Dalton. The prizes were first awarded in 1984.

For Chinese Studies: one prize to the value of £25 is offered to the undergraduate intending to continue in Part II with Chinese, and who obtains the highest overall mark in CHIN100.

For French Studies: two prizes to the value of £25 each are offered to the undergraduates intending to continue in Part II with French Studies, and who obtain the highest overall mark in FREN100 and FREN101.

For German Studies: two prizes to the value of £25 each are offered to the undergraduates intending to continue in Part II with German Studies, and who obtain the highest overall mark in GERM100 and GERM101.

For Italian Studies: one prize to the value of £25 is offered to the undergraduate intending to continue in Part II with Italian Studies, and who obtains the highest overall mark in ITAL100.

For Spanish Studies: two prizes to the value of £25 each are offered to the undergraduates intending to continue in Part II with Spanish Studies, and who obtain the highest overall mark in SPAN100 and SPAN101.

Swiss Ambassador Prizes

The prizes, established in 1987, and donated by the Arts Council in Switzerland, consist of books written by Swiss authors in French, German and Italian. The prizes are awarded to the most deserving students in each of the three languages in the Department of Languages and Cultures, at either Part I or Part II.

Francesca Gibson Memorial Fund Award

With the help of many generous supporters, the Department of Languages and Cultures has been able to set up a fund to commemorate Francesca Gibson (1960-1999), who taught in the Italian Section. The fund enables us to award monetary prizes in acknowledgment of student performance as follows:

- £20 to the student intending to continue with ITAL200i/201i who obtains the highest mark in the ITAL100 Summer written examination. 

- £20 to the student intending to continue with ITAL300i/301i who obtains the highest mark in the ITAL201i Summer written examination.

Coddington Year Abroad Prize

This prize was established in 2010 through the generosity of a European Legal Studies (German) alumnus (1999, Fylde).The competition is open to all students during their period of residence abroad. The competition is focused on a theme each year, for 2010-11 this was Exploration, in 2011-12 it was Street Wise, in 2012-13 it was Getting to Know You, in 2013-14 it was Loving Life, People and Places, Season by Season, in 2015 it was Communities and in 2016 it was Etrange, étranger - Fremd und Fremde - Extraño, extranjero. The prize is awarded to the best two deserving entries, judged by the second years about to go on their Year Abroad, to the value of £50 and £20 respectively. The prize-winning photos are displayed on our year abroad webpage.

The Winter People Bursary in Languages and Cultures

This award was established in 2006 through the generosity of Jonathan Winter, a French Studies alumnus (1987, Lonsdale) and continued until 2012. The bursary was awarded to the First Year student who was deemed, in the judgement of the department, to have the best academic profile in languages on entering undergraduate study. The student had to be a UK resident who was eligible for a statutory bursary and who was enrolled on a Major or Joint Major degree programme in Languages and Cultures. The bursary was to the value of £2880, paid in four instalments of £720 for each year of enrolment and was in addition to any statutory bursary, Lancaster University or Subject Award which the student may have received.