School of Psychology

Prizes for undergraduate psychology students

If you become a member of the School of Psychology as an undergraduate student, you will be eligible for a number of prizes. These prizes are awarded for outstanding work, including the best overall second year student with the highest marks, the highest perfoming undergraduate student, and the best third year projects. 

The Jane Beattie Prize for the best overall second-year performance

This prize is awarded as a second-year prize to the student with the highest overall mark, and is named after a former undergraduate and lecturer in the Laboratory of Experimental Psychology, Dr Jane Beattie. Jane completed her undergraduate degree at Sussex in the late 1970s. She then went to the US to obtain her PhD and stayed there to carry out postdoctoral research, before returning to a lectureship at Sussex. Jane was a gifted lecturer and researcher and inspired students with her work on the psychology of decision-making.

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. A psychology student won the MacQuitty Prize in the academic year 2010/11.

The Mike Scaife Prize in cognition, learning and innovative technology

Dr Mike Scaife was a reader in psychology at Sussex. This prize was set up in his honour for the best third-year project that falls within the scope of his research area – the application of developmental and cognitive psychology to problems in cognitive science and human-technology interaction. 

The Stuart Sutherland Prize for an outstanding third-year project 

This prize is named after the founding chair of the Laboratory of Experimental Psychology, Professor Stuart Sutherland. Stuart completed his research training at Oxford and in Italy. He contributed to many fields of psychological research, particularly vision and learning theory. He founded the Laboratory of Experimental Psychology at Sussex in the 1960s, attracting eminent researchers to come to work here. After he retired, Stuart became an Emeritus Professor and continued to write brilliantly; in his later years, he was particularly well known for his witty and erudite book reviews.

The Tony Gale Memorial Prize (British Psychological Society Wessex Branch) for the Best Third Year Project

The Tony Gale Memorial Prize is awarded to the student with the highest project mark in the third year of study.  

The British Psychological Society Undergraduate Award for Best Overall Degree Performance

This prize is awarded to students who achieved the best performance on a British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited course at a BPS accredited institution. This prize is awarded to the student with the highest overall classification mark. 

Rachel's student perspective

"I was very proud to receive this award. Not only is it great to have hard work recognised but it has also proven to be a useful tool at job interviews. The award has caught employers' attention and been an excellent demonstration of my skills and ability. Worth the hard work!"

Rachel Collard winner of the Mike Scaife 2015 Prize

Phoebe's student perspective

"Being nominated for the prize for best final year psychology project was a fantastic surprise, and made the entire process feel extremely rewarding. It has given me confidence and determination, and reinforced my motivation to pursue postgraduate study and a career involving academic research."

Phoebe Averill winner of the Tony Gale Memorial Prize (BPS Wessex Branch) for the the best third year project

Robin's student perspective

"Winning this award has shown me that effort seldom goes unrewarded. From an academic perspective this has been an uplifting experience, helping me recognise my own achievements and strive to push myself ever further. With this award behind me, I feel I am in good stead to maximise my academic career and further enjoy my studies."

Robin Goldthorpe winner of the Jane Beattie Prize for the Best Overall 2nd Year Performance in 2014-15