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Named prizes

Your donations in honour of your friends and family to establish prizes for students at all levels of the University create a powerful incentive for students to strive for excellence in all their endeavours whilst at St Andrews.

We are very thankful that you have provided the University with such a variety of ways to recognise the achievements of our students. These prizes, which are gratefully received by students each year, would not be possible without your support.

Principal’s Medal for Outstanding Endeavour and Achievement 
Established by several generous anonymous donations to fund annual student awards in honour of former Principal Louise Richardson. The medal will be awarded to students who display outstanding endeavour and achievement during their time at St Andrews. This is not restricted to any one discipline and could include sporting, musical, academic or other successes. Up to three awards will be available each year. Each award will carry a value of £1,000 in addition to a specially produced medal.

“I cannot begin to describe how grateful I am to receive the Principal's Medal. It means so much to me that my contributions have been deemed a positive influence on the community that has given me so many opportunities. Everything that I have accomplished in recent years would not have been possible had it not been for the immeasurable care and support that I have received as a student of the University of St Andrews.” Lorcan Morgan read more...

“My name is Lorcan Morgan and I am soon to graduate from the University of St Andrews. My decision to attend St Andrews was influenced by its reputation as a teaching institution, its prestigious mathematics department, and abundant extra-curricular opportunities.I have thoroughly enjoyed studying mathematics at St Andrews and for my efforts I have been rewarded with a 1st Class Degree in the MMath (fast-track) course. Over the course of my studies, I have been placed on the Dean’s List each year and received the MMath Medal for the last two consecutive years. In addition to University pursuits, in the summer of 2011 I co-authored a paper whilst working at SBA Research GmbH, a Vienna-based IT security research firm. The paper was accepted at the iiWas 2011 conference and I was recently selected as one of the invited papers for journal special issue consideration in the International Journal of Web Information Systems (IJWIS). Furthermore, in the spring of 2011, I received the TargetJobs Mathematics Undergraduate of the Year Award following a UK-wide competition and resulting in a prestigious internship at RBS Investment Bank in London.In addition to academics, I have thoroughly enjoyed the athletic opportunities that St Andrews has to offer. For all four academic years I was on the starting squad of the Mens 1st Water Polo Team, a commitment which involves 14 hours of combined swimming, water polo and weight training each week. In addition, I was selected as a starting member of the Scottish Students team for the past three years. This team competes in the Celtic Nations tournament each year against Ireland and Wales, and I am proud to say that we have taken the gold in two of the last three years. For my efforts in athletics I received both the Half-Blue and Full-Blue award for sporting excellence, awarded by the University.My love for water polo here at St Andrews took me beyond competition when I became the President of the club for the 2009-10 season.  Within this year we not only won the Scottish Universities League for the first time, but we also received Elite Focus Club status by the Athletic Union as well as the “Team of the Year Award” for 2009-10.In the Summer of 2010, I also partook in the CHASE-Africa charity program, an organisation that was in fact set up by two former St Andrews students. For ten weeks, I was one of a team of ten who travelled around Kenya, undertaking construction projects and addressing the health and environmental issues that affect sub-Saharan Africa. It was a hugely rewarding experience.I cannot begin to describe how grateful I am to receive the Principal's Medal. It means so much to me that my contributions have been deemed a positive influence on the community that has given me so many opportunities. Everything that I have accomplished in recent years would not have been possible had it not been for the immeasurable care and support that I have received as a student of the University of St Andrews. This award is further testament to the fact that our university strives to acknowledge and reward students for their achievements.“

Professor Paul Wilkinson Prize 
The prize was established by friends & family of Professor Paul Wilkinson in order to ensure that the important contribution made by the professor to the School of International Relations will be honoured for many years to come. Prizes are awarded to the two highest performing students in IR at Honours lever - one for single the other for double honours. 

“Although I never studied directly under Professor Wilkinson, the great enthusiasm and knowledge of the St Andrews International Relations Department has been a highlight of my experience here.” Harry Higginson read more...

“I was delighted to receive news that I am a recipient of the Professor Paul Wilkinson Award for International Relations – it is a great honour. I would like to share my appreciation for this prize.My degree was primarily focused on the Middle Eastern politics and religion. During my fourth year, I wrote my dissertation on the events of the Arab Spring, developing a framework for analysis based on the events in Algeria during the 1990s. I have a particular interest in the study of political Islam and the role of Islamists in Middle Eastern government. Professor Wilkinson’s work in the field of terrorism and political violence has proven a useful tool for my own work. 
I hope to pursue further study and undertake postgraduate work building on my dissertation and undergraduate work. The very generous prize money will be a great help to me.Although I never studied directly under Professor Wilkinson, the great enthusiasm and knowledge of the St Andrews International Relations Department has been a highlight of my experience here. The researchers and teachers in the department are gifted educators who conveyed their passion for the subject and greatly inspired me. Thank you again for your generosity. It truly is an honour to receive this award.”

Malcolm Jeeves Award (Psychology Junior Honours) and the Malcolm Jeeves Award for Best Student Overall in Honours Psychology (Arts)
Malcom Jeeves Awards were established in 2006 through a generous donation from some US friends of Professor Jeeves who were grateful for the hospitality shown by the School of Psychology during a sabbatical visit in 1985-1986. They viewed their kind gift as a repayment of their debt of gratitude and an acknowledgement of their friendship and collaboration with Professor Jeeves.

“Having my final year academic performance recognised by the Malcolm Jeeves Award provoked a very strong feeling of pride – not arrogant or boastful pride, rather the type of pride which motivates and encourages you to carry on pushing yourself to deliver to the best of your ability.” Magali Pitt read more...

“Please accept my thanks for the generous Malcom Jeeves Award. Having always endeavored to apply myself academically without the need for external acknowledgement, I had highly underestimated the importance of such recognition. Indeed, having my final year academic performance recognised by the Malcolm Jeeves Award provoked a very strong feeling of pride – not arrogant or boastful pride, rather the type of pride which motivates and encourages you to carry on pushing yourself to deliver to the best of your ability. Whereas working hard for myself allows me to now look back, after my four years of Psychology at St Andrews, and feel content that I gave it all I could, the Malcolm Jeeves Award prompts me to look forward at what I may continue to apply myself to. For this I am truly grateful, so thank you.This motivation is all the more valuable as I am due to start my PhD in cognitive behavioural neuroscience entitled “Out with the old, in with the new: Novelty judgements as a translational tool to assess healthy ageing” this September, continuing my studies in the very department Professor Jeeves founded in 1969. Indeed, my interest in Psychology, and more specifically cognition and neuroscience, has developed not only from the exciting current research advances, but also from the excellent quality of the Psychology course here at St Andrews that allows this very research to be delivered in an accessible and thought-provoking manner.In addition to the emotive and motivational factors the Malcom Jeeves Award has granted me, the generous donation will allow me to purchase necessary textbooks and software in view of the commencement of my PhD this September.The Malcolm Jeeves Award encourages and reminds me to fulfill my potential, to always try and push the boundaries of what I can achieve and, if possible, to contribute, as Professor Jeeves has done, to the field of Psychology and to future generations of students.”

Oglesby-Wellings Memorial Prize - Computer Science 
The prize was established by friends & family of Mr Alan Wellings & Professor Katherine Oglesby in memory of their son, Giles, who sadly died before he graduated from St Andrews.

“From an early age, I have been amazed by computers. I spent a large part of my childhood breaking them continually by exploring the operating system and its capabilities. This greatly upset my father who was always angry to find that upon returning from work, his important computer was broken again.” Alastair MacMahon read more...

I was thrilled and surprised when I received the letter explaining I had won this award. It is an honour to be individually recognised in a prestigious University filled with many competitive passionate and talented students. Thank you for choosing to award this prize to me.From an early age, I have been amazed by computers. I spent a large part of my childhood breaking them continually by exploring the operating system and its capabilities. This greatly upset my father who was always angry to find that upon returning from work, his important computer was broken again. Eventually through trial and error (the Internet was only beginning in these days), I learned to fix them, propelling my interest further. I continue to study computers in my spare time, always purchasing new books and teaching myself new skills. In recent years much of my focus has been on web technologies (HTML, CSS, PHP, MySQL and Flash). This allowed me to create and maintain a website for my father’s business. I considered studying Computer Science at university for a considerable period of time. However, I was also interested in Economics and the computer department at my secondary school never fully supported my enthusiasm (some teachers rejected it completely) in the same way as other subjects.I am currently studying Economics but I have thoroughly enjoyed studying Computer Science at University level to the extent that I am considering changing my degree to Mathematics and Computer Science or Economics and Computer Science. I feel the CS department at St Andrews fully supports students, embraces their enthusiasm and is filled with approachable staff. In my experience, it is by far the friendliest academic School.Receiving this prize has given me the confidence boost to start my own computer repair business this summer, in an attempt to raise some money to help pay for the University education. After placing a small advert in a local magazine, I have had a healthy number of initial enquiries. I intend to use the prize money to purchase some web hosting space to set-up a website to promote my business.I would like to manifest my sincere gratitude for your generous donations which make this prize a reality. Upon researching the origins of the prize, I would like to express my deepest condolences but also articulate that I too share Giles’ passion for Internet Computing.

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