Description of Current Prizes

Level 1 Undergraduate

Laplace Award

The prize was established by the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering in 2013 to recognise Pierre-Simon Laplace's contribution to Systems and Control Engineering.

1. Frequency of award: One annually
2. Value of award: £50
3. Eligible candidates: Level 1 undergraduate students within the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering
4. Assessors: The Board of Examiners in the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering
5. Criteria for assessment: Best average mark at level 1

Sir Harold West Awards (Faculty awards)

These awards were endowed by the Trustees of the Charitable Trust set up by the late Sir Harold E G West, former County Commissioner of the Scout Movement for South Yorkshire and former Master Cutler and Chairman of the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Justice of the Peace.

1. Frequency of award: Eight annually
2. Value of prize: £65
3. Eligible candidates: Undergraduate students in the Faculty of Engineering, with preference being given to those who have been, or still are, honourable members of the Scout Movement
4. Assessors: The Heads of the Departments of the Faculty of Engineering
5. Criteria for assessment: Academic and personal promise displayed during Level 1

Ede and Ravenscroft Prize (University award)

Through the generosity of Ede and Ravenscroft, the University is able to award two prizes annually to Level one students. The prize rotates between the Faculties.

1. Frequency of award: Two annually
2. Value of prize: £500 each
3. Eligible candidates: Level 1 Students in the eligible Faculty

Level 2 Undergraduate

L J C Woolliscroft Prize

This prize was endowed in 1996 through the generosity of friends of Les Woolliscroft in commemoration of his work as a scientist, engineer and teacher in the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering.

1. Frequency of award: One annually
2. Value of prize: Total value not to exceed the annual income from the endowment
3. Eligible candidates: Level 2 students in the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering
4. Assessor: The Head of the above Department
5. Criteria for assessment: All-round performance during the year including general contribution to the life of the above Department

Nyquist Award

The prize was established by the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering in 2013 to recognise Harry Nyquist's contribution to Systems and Control Engineering.

1. Frequency of award: One annually
2. Value of award: £50
3. Eligible candidates: Level 2 undergraduate students within the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering
4. Assessors: The Board of Examiners in the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering
5. Criteria for assessment: Best average mark at level 2.

Sheffield Metallurgical and Engineering Association Hatfield Memorial Prize in Engineering

The Sheffield Society of Engineers and Metallurgists used to offer annual prizes to evening students in Engineering and Metallurgy. When the evening courses ceased to be conducted by the University in 1954, the Society generously offered to award prizes to the best degree students in these subjects. In 1964, following amalgamation of the Society with the Sheffield Metallurgical Association to form the Sheffield Metallurgical and Engineering Association, their value was increased. A separate prize, known as the Hatfield Memorial Prize, was also made available in 1976 through the geneorsity of the Sheffield Metallurgical and Engineering Association. This prize was discontinued in 1979 and has been absorbed into the Sheffield Metallurgical and Engineering Association Hatfield Memorial Prize in Engineering and Metallurgy.

1. Frequency of award: One annually
2. Value of prize: £75
3. Eligible candidates: Students completing Level 2 of the programmes of study leading to first degrees in Engineering
4. Assessors: The Examiners for the above courses
5. Criteria for assessment: Performance in the Level 2 Examination

Level 3 Undergraduate

Nicholson Prize for Undergraduate Studies

This prize was established in 2004 by the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering to recognise the contribution made by Professor H Nicholson (first Head of the new Department of Control Engineering set up in the late 1960s), who guided the department from its small beginnings to the successful research and teaching unit that it is today.

1. Frequency of award: One annually
2. Value of award: Medal and a certificate
3. Eligible candidates: Undergraduate students in the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering who are in the third year of study for the Degree of BEng or MEng
4. Assessors: The Board of Examiners in the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering
5. Criteria for assessment: An outstanding performance at Level 3 of an undergraduate programme in the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering

IABG Functional Safety Prize

Founded in 2014, this prize was established through the generosity of IABG.

1. Frequency of award: One annually
2. Value of prize: £100 to be split equally amongst members of the chosen group
3. Eligible candidates: Students on the ACS330 Group Project module
4. Assessors: The Formal Examination Board of the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering
5. Criteria for assessment: Best MEng group project

Bode Award

The prize was established by the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering in 2013 to recognise Hendrik Wade Bode's contribution to Systems and Control Engineering.

1. Frequency of award: One annually
2. Value of award: £50
3. Eligible candidates: Level 3 MEng students within the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering
4. Assessors: The Board of Examiners in the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering
5. Criteria for assessment: Best average mark at level 3

Level 3 and Level 4 Undergraduate

Mappin Medals and Premiums (Faculty award)

Through the generosity of the late Sir Frederick Mappin, Bart, the University is able to offer, by competition, eight medals (one in each of the seven Departments of the Faculty of Engineering and one for students taking programmes of study involving more than two departments in the Faculty), each accompanied by a premium.

1. Frequency of award: Eight annually
2. Value of prize: £100 and a medal
3. Eligible candidates: Students in the Faculty of Engineering who are candidates for the Level 3 Examination in the third year of a BEng course or in the fourth year of an MEng course
4. Assessors: The Examiners for the above degrees
5. Criteria for assessment: Greatest distinction shown by candidates reading for the above degrees

Level 4 Undergraduate

The EDF Project Prize

Founded in 2011, this prize was established by the generosity of EDF Energy.

1. Frequency of award: One annually
2. Value of prize: £300
3. Eligible candidates: Students completing Level 4 studies for all MEng programmes within the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering
4. Assessors: The Formal Examination Board of the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering
5. Criteria for assessment: Best final year MEng individual project

Wiener Award

The prize was established by the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering in 2013 to recognise Professor Norbert Wiener's contribution to Systems and Control Engineering.

1. Frequency of award: One annually
2. Value of award: £50
3. Eligible candidates: Level 4 MEng students within the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering
4. Assessors: The Board of Examiners in the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering
5. Criteria for assessment: Best average mark at level 4.

Postgraduate Taught (MSc)

Laverick-Webster-Hewitt Prizes

Prizes in Mining, provided for many years through the generosity of Mr J H W Laverick, were renamed as Laverick-Webster Prizes in 1964, after their value had been substantially increased by Major N E Webster. In 1971 this prize fund was combined with that for the Hewitt Prize in Mining Engineering, which dates from 1960, and the present three prizes were established.

1. Frequency of award: Three annually
2. Value of prize: £150
3. Eligible candidates: Students taking the Masters degree programme in Control Systems in the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering
4. Assessor: For each prize, the Head of the appropriate department/unit
5. Criteria for assessment: The appropriate examinations

Nicholson Prize for Masters Studies

This prize was established in 2004 by the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering to recognise the contribution made by Professor H Nicholson (first Head of the new Department of Control Engineering set up in the late 1960s), who guided the department from its small beginnings to the successful research and teaching unit that it is today.

1. Frequency of award: One annually
2. Value of award: Medal and a certificate
3. Eligible candidates: Postgraduate Masters students in the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering
4. Assessors: The Board of Examiners in the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering
5. Criteria for assessment: An outstanding performance on an MSc programme in the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering

General Prizes

Sir Basil Blackwell Prize

This prize was established through the generosity of Sir Basil Blackwell.

1. Frequency of award: Seven annually
2. Value of prize: Blackwell book tokens to the value of £170
3. Eligible candidates: One student from each Faculty