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Gibbs Prizes

Prizes on the foundation of Mr Charles D. D. Gibbs will be offered in 2016. Candidates are not required to make a special application for Gibbs Prizes awarded on the results of coursework and public examinations, unless instructed to do so in the subject advertisement below.

Eligibility

Candidates for any prize must be members of the University who, at the time of taking the public examination or submitting the coursework on which the prizes are awarded, have not exceeded the twelfth term from matriculation. The University has, however, approved legislation to enable Council to grant dispensation on grounds of protracted illness or other good reason, to a candidate who has exceeded the twelfth term from his or her matriculation.

Examiners may agree not to award a particular prize in any year if it is deemed that no candidate is of sufficient merit.

Archaeology and Anthropology

A Gibbs Prize of £150 is awarded for the best performance in First Public Examination. There is also one proxime accessit award of £100 and a further award of £50 for performance in First Public Examination.

Biochemistry

The prize in Biochemistry is awarded on the combined results of the examinations for Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry Parts I and II in the Honour School of Biochemistry in Trinity term 2016.

The value of the prize is £450 and the Examiners have the power to make one proxime accessit award of £250 for meritorious work and up to three additional book prizes of £100.

Biological Sciences

The Gibbs Prize in Biological Sciences will be awarded to the best candidate in the examination in Biological Sciences in the Honour School of Biological Sciences in Trinity term 2016. The value of the prize is £500.

The Examiners have the power to award up to two further prizes for meritorious work in Biological Sciences (to a total value of £600).

Chemistry

The prize in Chemistry is awarded on the results of the examination for Chemistry Part I in the Honour School of Chemistry in Trinity term 2016.

The value of the prize is £550, and the Examiners have the power to make one proxime accessit award of £350 for meritorious work and up to three additional book prizes of £200.

Classics

Two prizes will be awarded worth £450 each, one for the best overall performance in the Literae Humaniores Course II in Greats; the other for the best performance in a site or museum report in the Honour School of Classical Archaeology and Ancient History.

There will also be a proxime accessit award of £150 for meritorious work in each of the above.

One other prize will also be awarded for the best overall performance, with an average of 70 or above, in the Course II Year 1 Preliminary Examination.

Computer Science

The Gibbs Prize for Preliminary Examination in Mathematics and Computer Science, £150, may be awarded, if there is a candidate of sufficient merit, by the Moderators for the Preliminary Examination in Mathematics and Computer Science to the candidate whose performance in that examination they judge to be the most deserving, paying particular regard to performance on Computer Science papers. If no such candidate is identified then the Moderators may award this prize to the candidate they judge to be most deserving from the other Preliminary Examinations involving Computer Science.

The Gibbs Prize for Preliminary Examination in Computer Science and Philosophy, £150, may be awarded, if there is a candidate of sufficient merit, by the Moderators for the Preliminary Examination in Computer Science and Philosophy to the candidate whose performance in that examination they judge to be the most deserving, paying particular regard to performance on Computer Science papers. If no such candidate is identified then the Moderators may award this prize to the candidate they judge to be most deserving from the other Preliminary Examinations involving Computer Science.

The Gibbs Prize for Computer Science and Philosophy - Parts A and B, £150, may be awarded, if there is a candidate of sufficient merit, by the Examiners for the Honour School in Computer Science and Philosophy (Parts A and B) to the candidate whose performance in that examination they judge to be the most deserving, paying particular regard to performance on Computer Science papers. If no such candidate is identified then the Examiners may award this prize to the candidate they judge to be most deserving from the other Honour Schools involving Computer Science.

The prize, £150, may be awarded, if there is a candidate of sufficient merit, by the Examiners for the Honour School in Computer Science and Philosophy (Parts A and B) to the candidate whose performance in that examination they judge to be the most deserving, paying particular regard to performance on Philosophy papers. If no such candidate is identified then the Examiners may award this prize to the candidate they judge to be most deserving from the other Honours Schools involving Computer Science.

Earth Sciences

A prize of £400 is awarded on the basis of the quality and distinction of the field mapping report submitted in 2016 in the Final Honour School of Earth Sciences (Geology).

Economics

A Gibbs Prize of £100 is awarded for the best overall performance in each of the three papers in Economics and Management Preliminary Examinations. There are also three proxime accessit awards of £50 for meritorious work.

A Gibbs Prize of £150 is awarded for the best overall performance in Economics in Economics and Management Final Honour School Examinations. There is also a proxime accessit award of £75 for meritorious work.

A Gibbs Prize of £150 is awarded on the best overall performance in Management in Economics and Management Final Honour School Examinations. There is also a proxime accessit award of £75 for meritorious work.

Engineering Science

A prize of £500 is divided equally between each of the members of the team submitting the best Design Project in 2016 for Part B of the Final Honour School of Engineering Science.

A prize of £300 is awarded for the best performance in the Preliminary Examination in Engineering Science. There are also two proxime accessit awards of £100 for meritorious work.

A prize of £100 is awarded for excellent performance in the Practical Work for the Preliminary Examination in Engineering Science. (No candidate shall receive both this prize and one of the prizes for best performance or meritorious work in the Preliminary Examination.)

A prize of £300 is awarded to the best performance in the Final Honour School of Engineering Science (Parts A and B combined). There are also two proxime accessit awards of £100 for meritorious work.

English Language and Literature

The prizes in English Language and Literature are awarded as follows:

Ten prizes, of £100 each, are awarded on the results of Preliminary Examinations in English Language and Literature in Trinity term 2016.

(The same candidate may be awarded the Mrs Claude Beddington Literature Prize and a Gibbs Prize.)

Prizes of £150 each are awarded for the following:

  1. Five Prizes for distinguished performance;
  2. The best extended essay, Paper 6;
  3. The best dissertation, Paper 7;
  4. The best performance in a three hour timed examination;
  5. The best overall performance in Course I of the Honour School; and
  6. The best overall performance in Course II of the Honour School.

Fine Art

The Gibbs Prize in Fine Art, to the value of £200, is awarded by the Examiners for the best overall result achieved across all aspects of the Final Honour School in Fine Art (BFA) – exhibition, portfolio, exam paper on History and Theory of Visual Culture and an extended essay.

Geography and the Environment

The prize in Geography is awarded on the average of the written examination papers for the Honour School of Geography in Trinity term 2016.

The value of the prize is £450 and the Examiners have the power to make one proxime accessit award of £250 for meritorious work and up to three additional book prizes of £100.

History

A Gibbs Prize of £600 is awarded for the highest average mark over seven papers in the Final Honour School of History. The Examiners have the power to also make one proxime accessit award of £300 for the next highest mark.

A Gibbs Prize of £450 is awarded for the highest average mark over the History papers of a candidate in all joint schools with History. The Examiners have the power to also make one proxime accessit award of £300 for the next highest mark in all joint schools with History.

A Gibbs Prize of £350 is awarded for the highest average mark over all papers in the Final Honour School of History of Art.

Examiners have the power to award up to eight additional book prizes of £150 to the next highest average marks in the Final Honour School of History and/or History papers of candidates in the joint schools with History.

Human Science

A Gibbs Prize of £100 is awarded for the best performance in the Preliminary Examination in Human Sciences. The Board of Examiners for the Preliminary Examination will also have the power to award up to four proxime accessit prizes for meritorious work.

Law

The prize in Law is awarded on the best overall performance in examinations in Contract, Tort, Land and Trusts in the Final Honour School of Law in Trinity term 2016.

The value of the prize is £800 and the Examiners have the power to make one proxime accessit award of £550 for meritorious work, and up to three additional book prizes of £250 each.

Materials

A prize of £400 will be awarded for the best performance in Part I of Materials Science or Part I of Materials, Economics and Management in Trinity term 2016.

Mathematics

Two prizes of £100 each to be awarded for performance in Mathematics Part A. These prizes can be awarded to candidates in the Honour School of Mathematics or the Honour School of Mathematics and Statistics.

Two prizes of £200 each to be awarded for performance in Mathematics Part B. These prizes can be awarded to candidates in the Honour School of Mathematics or the Honour School of Mathematics and Statistics.

Two prizes of £200 each to be awarded for performance in Mathematics Part C.

A prize of £100 to be awarded for performance in all papers in the Preliminary Examination for Mathematics and Philosophy.

A prize of £100 to be awarded for performance in the Mathematics papers in the Honour Schools of Mathematics and Philosophy Part A.

A prize of £100 to be awarded for performance in the Mathematics papers in the Honour Schools of Mathematics and Philosophy Part B.

A prize of £100 to be awarded for performance in the Mathematics papers in the Honour Schools of Mathematics and Philosophy Part C.

Two prizes of £100 each to be awarded for the two best mathematics dissertations (including other mathematical dissertations) submitted in the Honour School of Mathematics, Mathematics & Computer Science or Mathematics & Philosophy.

Candidates awarded a Gibbs Prize for Parts A and B are eligible to receive a Gibbs Prize for Part C in a subsequent year.

Medieval and Modern Languages

A prize of £500 is awarded on the results of the examination for the Honour School of Modern Languages in Trinity term 2016. There is also one proxime accessit award of £200 for overall performance in the Honour School of Modern Languages.

A prize of £500 is awarded for the best overall performance in one of the Joint Honour Schools involving Modern Languages with another subject (such as, Classics, English, Modern History, Philosophy and European and Middle Eastern Languages) in Trinity term 2016. There is also one proxime accessit award of £200 for overall performance in one of the Joint Honour Schools.

Two prizes of £200 are awarded for the best piece of submitted work in the Final Honour School; one for the special subject (Paper XII, methods B & C or the bridge essay) and one for the best additional extended essay (Paper XIV).

In addition, prizes, of £100 each, are available for the two best performances in the Preliminary Examination in Modern Languages in Trinity term 2016 in any of French, German, Italian, Modern Greek, Portuguese, Russian or other Slavonik Languages, or Linguistics and one for the best performance in the Preliminary Examination in a Joint School with Modern Languages. (Note: a Gibbs Prize is NOT available in the language in which the Beddington Prize is being offered.)

Music

Prizes are awarded, provided that there be candidates of sufficient merit, on the results of the examination for the Honour School of Music in Trinity term 2016. The Music Faculty Board agreed, when making its recommendation about the Gibbs Prizes that the Examiners should be able to recommend the number and level of prizes to be awarded in any one year. This was to allow flexibility for variation in comparative performance to be taken into account in different years.

Oriental Studies

Three prizes, each of £233, are awarded on the results of Preliminary Examinations either in Oriental Studies (Chinese) or in Oriental Studies (Japanese) or in Oriental Studies (Egyptology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies) in Trinity term 2016.

Philosophy

Gibbs Prizes in Philosophy, of up to £100 each, are awarded for outstanding performance in the Philosophy papers in each of the Joint Honour Schools involving Philosophy (Philosophy, Politics, and Economics; Psychology and Philosophy; Mathematics and Philosophy; Physics and Philosophy; Philosophy and Modern Languages; and Philosophy and Theology). The award of these Prizes will be determined by the Philosophy Examiners alone.

The Examiners shall have the power to make proxime accesserunt awards for meritorious work.

No candidate shall be awarded both a Henry Wilde Prize and a Gibbs Prize in the same examination.

Unless otherwise stated, a candidate can receive both a Gibbs Prize in Philosophy and a Gibbs prize in another subject which they offer in the examination.

Any individual Gibbs Prize can be split between two equally meritorious candidates.

In Mathematics and Philosophy, and in Physics and Philosophy, the Gibbs Prize in Philosophy is split into two parts.

In Mathematics and Philosophy, a prize of £100 can be awarded for an outstanding performance in the Philosophy papers in Part A and B of the examination. In Physics and Philosophy a prize of £50 can be awarded for an outstanding performance in the Philosophy papers in Part B of the examination.

A prize of £100 in Mathematics and Philosophy and £50 in Physics and Philosophy can be awarded for an outstanding performance in the Philosophy papers in Part C of the examination, to a candidate offering at least two Philosophy papers (which can include a thesis in Philosophy).

A candidate in Part C can be awarded the Gibbs Prize in Philosophy for Part C if they have already been awarded a Gibbs Prize in Philosophy in Part B.

In a year where the Examiners do not award a prize for performance in Philosophy in one part of the examination, the unawarded prize money for that part cannot be added to the prize money awarded in the other part.

Physics

The Prizes available in 2016 are as follows:

The Gibbs Prize for Performance in the MPhys examination (£400).

The Gibbs Prize for the best experimental MPhys project (£150).

The Gibbs Prize for performance in the Physics Department Speaking Competition (£100).

The Gibbs Prize for practical work in Part B of the MPhys examination (£150).

The Gibbs Prize for practical work in Part B of the BA examination (£150).

Six Gibbs Prize awards will be made for the BA Group Project Presentations (£50 each)

The Gibbs Prize for practical work in Part A of the examination (£150).

The Gibbs Prize for practical work in Part A of the Honour School of Physics and Philosophy (£100).

The Gibbs Prize for best performance in the Physics papers in Part B of the Honour School of Physics and Philosophy (£100).

The Gibbs Prize for best performance in the Physics papers in Part C of the Honour School of Physics and Philosophy (£100).

No candidate shall be awarded both the Scott Prize and the main Gibbs Prize for performance in the Physics Final MPhys in the same examination.

Physiological Sciences

A Gibbs Prize of £250 is awarded based on the results of Part I of the First Examination for the Degree of Bachelor of Medicine in Trinity term 2016. Examiners shall have the power to make one proxime accessit award of £125 for meritorious work.

A Gibbs Prize of £250 is awarded based on the results of Part II of the First Examination for the Degree of Bachelor of Medicine in Trinity term 2016. Examiners shall have the power to make one proxime accessit award of £125 for meritorious work.

A Gibbs Prize of £200 is awarded based on the results of the Preliminary Examination in Biomedical Sciences in Trinity term 2016. Examiners shall have the power to make one proxime accessit award of £100 for meritorious work.

A Gibbs Prize of £250 is awarded based on the results of the examination in the Honour School of Medical Sciences. No candidate shall receive both the main Martin Wronker Prize in Medicine and the Gibbs Prize.

A Gibbs Prize of £250 is awarded based on the results of the examination in the Honour School of Neuroscience, provided there are candidates of sufficient merit.

A Gibbs Prize of £250 is awarded based on the results of the examination in the Honour School in Cell and Systems Biology, provided there are candidates of sufficient merit.

Politics

Gibbs Prizes in Politics (£400 and £300) are awarded for the best Politics written papers only in the examinations for the Honour Schools of Philosophy, Politics and Economics, and History and Politics. In addition, the Gibbs Thesis Prize in Politics (£400) is awarded for the best Politics thesis or supervised dissertation submitted in the same examinations.

In each case, the Examiners have the power to make one proxime accessit award of £200 for meritorious work.

There is also a Gibbs First Public Examination Prize (£300) available for the best Politics written paper in the Preliminary Examination in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, or the Preliminary Examination in History and Politics. The Examiners have the power to make two proxime accessit awards of £200 for meritorious work.

Psychology

A prize of £150 is awarded on the results of the examination in Trinity term 2016 in the Honour School of Experimental Psychology. The Examiners shall have the power to make a proxime accessit award of £75.

A prize of £150 is awarded on the results of the examination in Trinity term 2016 for the Honour School of Psychology and Philosophy. The Examiners shall have the power to make a proxime accessit award of £75.

A prize of £75 is awarded for the best Research Project submitted in Hilary term 2016 in the examination for the Honour School of Experimental Psychology or the Honour School of Psychology and Philosophy.

A prize of £75 is awarded for the best Library Dissertation submitted in Hilary term 2016 in the examination for the Honour School of Experimental Psychology or the Honour School of Psychology and Philosophy.

A prize of £50 is awarded for the best practical portfolio in Psychology by an Experimental Psychology student submitted in Hilary term 2016 in the examination for the Honour School of Experimental Psychology or for the Honour School of Psychology and Philosophy.

A prize of £50 is awarded for the best practical portfolio in Psychology by a Psychology and Philosophy student submitted in Hilary term 2016 in the examination for the Honour School of Experimental Psychology or for the Honour School of Psychology and Philosophy 

No candidate shall receive both the main Martin Wronker Prize in Medicine and a Gibbs Prize in the same examination. It shall be open to the examiners to award to the same candidate both a Gibbs Prize and the George Humphrey Prize.

Statistics

One Gibbs Prize of £200 is awarded for the best overall performance in the Honour School of Mathematics and Statistics Part C. At the discretion of the Examiners, two prizes of £100 each may be awarded instead.

Theology

A prize of £250 may be awarded on the results of the examination for the Final Honour School of Theology in Trinity term 2016. No candidate shall have exceeded the twelfth term from their matriculation at any university. No candidate may be awarded both the Denyer and Johnson Prize and a Gibbs Prize in the same examination.

A prize of £250 may be awarded for the best performance in Theology in the Final Honour School of Philosophy and Theology in Trinity term 2016.

A prize of £100 may be awarded for the outstanding extended essay submitted for the examination for the Final Honour School of Theology in Trinity term 2016.

A book prize of £150 may be awarded on the results of the Preliminary Examination in Theology in Hilary term 2016.