Rewarding Excellence

Each year we reward our most successful undergraduates with financial prizes and certificates for academic achievement. Awards are given to 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students, and our very best students have won prizes at the end of every year of their studies.

As well as awards for excellent overall performance in exams and coursework, we also offer the Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw Prize for the very best performance in an astronomy project and the Azzedine Hammiche Prize for exceptional project work.

Chancellor's Medal

In addition to the prizes awarded by our department, every year Lancaster University awards the Chancellor's Medal to its very best undergraduates.

The competition for this prize is extremely fierce because it is open to all of the best final-year undergraduates students across all departments, and only up to six are awarded each year. We are very proud of our physics students who have won this prestigious prize, and the fact that our department has produced winners in consecutive years is a testament to the quality of our physics graduates.

Recent winners of the Chancellor's Medal

  • 2015 - Luke Austin Rhodes-Leader
    MSci Theoretical Physics with Mathematics.
  • 2014 - Dominic Rose
    MPhys Theoretical Physics. Thomas is now studying for a MAST in Applied Mathematics at Cambridge University.
  • 2013 - Thomas Banaszek
    MPhys Theoretical Physics. Thomas is now studying for a PhD with Lancaster's Mathematical Physics Group.
  • 2012 - Kirsty Dunnett
    MPhys Theoretical Physics. Kirsty is now a PhD student studying novel superfluid phenomena in semiconductor microcavities in the Department of Physics, University of Warwick.
  • 2011 - Andrew Woods
    MPhys Physics. Andrew is now a PhD student studying quantum phenomena in the Ultra-Low-Temperature Group, Department of Physics, Lancaster University.
  • 2010 - Jon Emery
    MPhys Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology. Jon is now a PhD student studying theoretical early Universe cosmology at the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation, University of Portsmouth.
  • 2009 - Laura Nuttall
    MPhys Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology. Laura is now a PhD student studying gravitational waves in the Gravitational Physics Group, School of Physics and Astronomy, Cardiff University.
  • 2008 - Cherry Canovan
    MPhys Physics. Cherry is now a PhD student studying accelerator physics in the Mathematical Physics Group, Department of Physics, Lancaster University.