Prizes and other Awards

Some questions you might have about Prizes and other Awards…

My son or daughter has been told they have been awarded a prize… what does that mean?Degree Congregation

As well as getting their exam results online, your son or daughter might also have been given the exciting news that they have won a prize.

Undergraduate prizes would usually be decided at the same meeting at which examination results are discussed in June of each year – the Departmental Examination Board meeting. Some prizes are administered by the departments themselves – everything for these departmental prizes is handled by the department so enquiries on these should go there. However, the Student Administration System (SAS) look after centrally administered prizes.

Your son or daughter will not have put themselves forward to receive a prize; each department decides who will receive its prizes based on set criteria, so sometimes it comes as a nice surprise to have won one!

TIP: A Prize Award statement is a great addition to any student's Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) - useful if they have a portfolio of achievements to show future employers or sponsors.

Details of all prizes are available in the Calendar of Prize Regulations.

Many prize-winners get money, book tokens, medals or other benefits for being awarded a prize. If they have won money, your son or daughter needs to make sure that their bank details are correct on MUSE (My University of Sheffield Environment – a portal which enables students to access University of Sheffield information from any computer) so that we can pay them via a BACS transfer.

If your son or daughter has won a prize in the form of book tokens or medals, they will be posted out from the University so your son or daughter should make sure their home address on MUSE is kept up to date.

Final year prizes…

Prizes won during the final year of a student’s programme of study are called out during the degree ceremony as the student crosses over the stage, and a list of prizes and prize winners is also printed in the Degree Congregation Programme. Additionally, some departments choose to present the prizes won by finalist students at presentations in the department on the day of the degree congregations.

My son or daughter has been told they will receive a Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR)… what does that mean?

The Higher Education Achievement Report or ’HEAR’ is a new kind of undergraduate degree transcript that provides a comprehensive record of students’ university achievements.   It has been endorsed by the government’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and will enhance students’ employability by helping them to identify and articulate their individual skills and experiences, and provide evidence of these when presenting themselves to others.