University of Oxford


Oxford University Gazette, 14 February 2008:
Prizes, Grants, and Funding

Matthew Arnold Memorial Prize 2008

The subject for the prize will be:

   What poets feel not, when they make,
        A pleasure in creating,
    The world, in its turn, will not take
        Pleasure in contemplating.

(Matthew Arnold: 'A Caution to Poets')

The prize, the value of which is £750, is open to members of the University who, on the closing date for receipt of essays have not exceeded seven years from matriculation or have qualified by examination for any other degree of the University and have not exceeded four years from matriculation or, not being graduates of the University, are pursuing a course of study leading to a postgraduate degree of the University and have not exceeded three years from their matriculation. An additional prize, of £350, may be awarded. Essays are not expected to exceed 5,000 words. The prize will not be awarded twice to the same person.

Essays should be submitted, under a sealed cover marked 'The Matthew Arnold Prize', to the English Faculty Office, St Cross Building, Manor Road, Oxford OX1 3UQ, not later than 29 February. Authors should conceal their names and identify their essays by a motto. The name, college, and date of matriculation should be submitted at the same time in a separate envelope with the same motto inscribed upon it.

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Chancellor's English Essay Prize 2008

The subject of the prize will be 'Gambling'. The prize, the value of which is £250, is open to members of the University who, on the day appointed for sending in compositions, have not exceeded four years from the date of their matriculation. No person who has already obtained one of the prizes shall be eligible for that prize again.

Essays should be submitted, under a sealed cover marked 'Chancellor's English Essay Prize', to the English Faculty Office, St Cross Building, Manor Road, Oxford OX1 3UQ, not later than 27 March. Authors should conceal their names and identify their essays by a motto. The name, college, and date of matriculation should be submitted at the same time in a separate envelope with the same motto inscribed upon it.

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Lord Alfred Douglas Memorial Prize 2008

A prize of £880 will be awarded, providing there is an entry of sufficient merit, during Trinity Term 2008 for the best sonnet or other poem written in English and in strict rhyming metre. Any member of the University who is registered for a degree of the University, whether as an undergraduate or a graduate student, may enter for the prize. The prize shall not be awarded more than once to the same person. A copy of the winning entry shall be deposited in the Bodleian Library.

Poems (one copy) should be submitted, under a sealed cover marked 'Lord Alfred Douglas Memorial Prize', to the English Faculty Office, St Cross Building, Manor Road, Oxford OX1 3UQ, not later than 7 May. Authors should conceal their names and identify their essays by a motto. The name, college, and date of matriculation should be submitted at the same time in a separate envelope with the same motto inscribed upon it. No author may submit more than three entries.

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Shelley-Mills Prize 2008

This prize, the purpose of which is to promote the study of the works of William Shakespeare, is open to members of the University who on the date of this supplement have not exceeded three years from matriculation; and who have not been a member of any other university for more than a year. The prize, value £100, will be awarded for the best essay on the following subject: 'Characters in Shakespeare'.

Essays should be submitted, under a sealed cover marked 'Shelley-Mills Prize', to the English Faculty Office, St Cross Building, Manor Road, Oxford OX1 3UQ, not later than 25 February. Authors should conceal their names and identify their essays by a motto. The name, college, and date of matriculation should be submitted at the same time in a separate envelope with the same motto inscribed upon it.

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Sir Roger Newdigate Prize 2008

The prize will be awarded for best composition in English verse not exceeding 300 lines in length on the subject of 'returning'. The metre is not restricted to heroic couplets, but dramatic form of composition is not allowed. The prize is open to an undergraduate who has not exceeded four years from matriculation. The value of the prize is approximately £800 (exact value to be determined by the fund balance).

Poems (one copy) should be submitted, under a sealed cover marked 'Sir Roger Newdigate Prize', to the English Faculty Office, St Cross Building, Manor Road, Oxford OX1 3UQ, not later than 27 March. Authors should conceal their names and identify their essays by a motto. The name, college, and date of matriculation should be submitted at the same time in a separate envelope with the same motto inscribed upon it.

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Oxford University Society Awards 2008

Applications are invited for this year's Oxford University Society annual awards for current students. Awards will be distributed in Trinity Term. Awards are offered in the following categories:

Travel

Deadline: 14 March

Individual Travel. Awards for independent travel that will help your personal development, and will make a difference to you during your time at Oxford University.

Group Travel. Awards for travel in an officially recognised university or college group.

University-approved Expeditions. Awards to assist funding of expeditions approved by the University Expeditions Council.


Sporting

Deadline: 14 March

OUS has partnered with the University Sports Federation in order to make these awards to provide assistance to talented University sportspeople, allowing them to excel in their chosen sport, and make a difference to the Oxford sporting community.


OUS Regional Network Awards

Awards from regional alumni groups to students from their area currently studying at Oxford.

East Kent Branch (deadline: 19 April)

Hertfordshire Branch (deadline: 1 March)

Dorset Branch (deadline: 31 March)

Further details of the awards, including application forms and information on how to apply, may be found on the Society's Web site, www.alumni.ox.ac.uk/student_awards (or e-mail: awards@ousoc.ox.ac.uk).

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Christ Church

Orlando Composition Prize 2008

Christ Church is pleased to announce the third competition of the annual Orlando Composition Prize. The competition, open to all graduates and undergraduates currently studying at the University, is for an unaccompanied setting (SATB) of the Jubilate. Application should be made to the address below (or e-mail: stephen.darlington@chch.ox.ac.uk) for a copy of the text and the competition rules.

The first prize will be £500, and the winning piece is provisionally planned to be performed during Matins on Sunday, 18 May.

Two copies of each entry (preferably produced on Sibelius) should be sent to Dr Stephen Darlington, Organist and Tutor in Music, Christ Church, Oxford OX1 1DP, by Friday, 11 April.

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