Department of Mathematics

Prizes for undergraduate Mathematics students

As an undergraduate student in Mathematics, you will be eligible for a number of progressional and finalist prizes. These prizes are awarded annually for outstanding work, including the highest overall grade from either BSc or MMath undergraduate student, and the best third year projects, as well as School level prizes.

Finalist Prizes

The MacQuitty Prize for outstanding performance at undergraduate level

The MacQuitty prize is awarded each year by Dr Jonathan MacQuitty (Sussex PhD 1979) to the highest performing undergraduate student studying mathematics, biology, technology, science or psychology. Inspired by the generosity of his own family to support him through his doctoral studies, Dr MacQuitty's prize of £10,000 aims to give the winning student financial flexibility as they enter their postgraduate career, whatever that may be. The prize money can be spent in any way they wish, whether it be to start a business, to donate to charity, to travel, to continue their education or to pursue a passion.

The Hirschfeld Prize

This prize is awarded to the student with the highest overall grade from either Mathematics BSc or Mathematics MMath courses. It was first awarded in 2010, when a long-serving academic gave £20,000 to the University to enable the best Mathematics finalist to receive a prize of £1,000.

Prize for outstanding performance on the Mathematics MMath course

This prize is awarded to the undergraduate student with the highest overall grade for the Mathematics MMath course.

Prize for outstanding performance on the Mathematics BSc course

This prize is awarded to the undergraduate student with the highest overall grade for the Mathematics BSc course

Prize for the outstanding Mathematics MMath Project

 This prize is awarded to the undergraduate student with the most outstanding Mathematics MMath project.

Prize for the outstanding BSc Project

 This prize is awarded to the undergraduate student with the most outstanding Mathematics BSc project.

Prize of Membership to the Institute of Mathematics and it's Applications

Two finalists are awarded the prize of a one year paid membership to the Institute of Mathematics and it's Applications in recognition of their outstanding results.

The David Axon Prize for outstanding achievement (School level)

This prize is awarded in memory of the late Professor David Axon (Head of the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences 2009 - 2012), for students who have suffered adversity during their degree, or for recognition of those from an unconventional or widening participation background and who have subsequently excelled.

The Civic Engagement Prize (School level)

This prize is awarded to a graduating student (including MSc and PhD students) who has selflessly carried out some significant work to help the local community.

2020 Finalists

The MacQuitty Prize for the Sciences for outstanding performance at undergraduate level
Rachel Dickerson, Mathematics BSc

The Hirschfeld Prize
Rebecca Inkpen, Mathematics MMath (research placement)

Prize for outstanding performance on the Mathematics BSc course
Jessie Beard, Mathematics BSc

Prize for the outstanding Mathematics MMath project
Rebecca Inkpen, Mathematics MMath (research placement)

Prize for the outstanding Mathematics BSc project
Rajan Phull, Mathematics with Finance BSc

Student Sean MooreSean Moore

Prize of paid one-year membership of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications in recognition of your results
Rachel Dickerson, Mathematics BSc and Rebecca Inkpen, Mathematics MMath (research placement)

 

The David Axon Prize for outstanding achievement (School level)
Sean Moore, Theoretical Physics (research placement) MPhys

The Civic Engagement Prize (School level)
Dr
James Van Yperen,
Mathematics PhD graduate and Mathematics MMath graduate (Sussex)

Rachel's student perspective

Rachel Dickerson"I feel extremely privileged to be the winner of the MacQuitty Prize for the Sciences. It is an honour to be a part of such a legacy. Whilst I was completing my A-levels, my dad passed away suddenly, leaving behind just me and my mum. At that time, I thought a university education was out of the question for me. Luckily, my mum encouraged me to still pursue an academic path and the University of Sussex has been such an amazing place to do that. I have loved studying maths and it has helped me start fresh. I never imagined that I would achieve as much as I have and receiving the MacQuitty prize has taught me to believe in myself. Thank you to Dr Johnathan MacQuitty for such a generous contribution which I will use for training that will enable me to become an educator myself."

Rachel Dickerson
Winner of the MacQuitty 2020 Prize for the Sciences

Jessie's student perspective

Jessica Beard"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Sussex and am delighted to be leaving with the 2020 prize for outstanding performance on the BSc degree course in Mathematics. Having entered the BSc course through the Foundation year at Sussex, I am very proud of how far I have come and am thrilled to be leaving with a First-class Honours, as well as the student award."

Jessica Beard
Winner of the Prize for outstanding performance on the BSc degree course in Mathematics in 2020

James' student perspective

James Van Yperen"What an honour and a surprise it was to win the Civic Engagement prize. 

I remember from when I studied during my undergraduate degree that I was most successful in modules where the tutors were helpful and approachable. They allowed me to ask difficult questions about topics not necessarily related to the work and enabled an environment for discussions to boost my understanding and challenge me the greater heights. I want to be that person so that students can look back and think that I have made a difference and have had a positive effect on them. I am extremely proud of all the students who have graduated, and will graduate, using the help I can give and I thoroughly look forward to catching up with the students in the future, so they can tell me the great heights that they have aspired to. It has always been, and always will be, my pleasure to help any student out as much as I can, whether that be through workshops, writing references, or running extra-curricular activities, knowing that the students have enjoyed and learned from the content I produce drives me forward."

Dr James Van Yperen, Doctoral Tutor, Sussex PhD and Mathematics MMath graduate
Winner of the Civic Engagement prize in 2020

Progression Prizes

The Prize for outstanding achievement in year 1

The Prize for outstanding achievement in year 2

The Prize for outstanding achievement in year 3 of MMath courses

The Prize for outstanding performance on the Foundation Year

2020 Progression prize winners

The Prize for outstanding achievement in year 1
Sareena Pokkakkillath, Mathematics (research placement) MMath

The Prize for outstanding achievement in year 2
Matthew Pearce,
Mathematics (research placement) MMath

Prize for outstanding achievement in year 3 of MMath courses
Frederick Pappenheim,
 
Mathematics (research placement) MMath

The Prize for outstanding performance on the Foundation Year
Joseph Buckridge,
Mathematics MMath