Generous bequests made in 1995, and another in 2007, have enabled DICE to establish three annual prizes for the best of its students. In addition, students of DICE created the Ellya Mustafa Prize, named after a student who sadly passed away in 2011. The prizes for each academic year are awarded at the annual DICE lecture.
Maurice Swingland Prize
This prize is awarded to the best postgraduate student taught by DICE in its postgraduate programmes involving coursework and dissertation. The prize is judged on coursework and dissertation marks, the extent to which the student used their time at DICE for personal development and the contribution of the student to the wellbeing of DICE. The Maurice Swingland Prize is named after the late father of Ian Swingland, DICE’s Founder.
|1995/96||Frances Pirie||1996/97||Inogwabini Bila-Isia|
|1997/98||Peter Halliday||1998/99||Mike Hearn|
|1999/00||Million Belay & Kevin Smith||2000/01||Sergio Herrera Encina|
|2001/02||Bahar Dutt||2002/03||Mwape Sichilongo|
|2003/04||Leonardo Fleck||2004/05||Bruno Nhancale|
|2005/06||Sanjay Gubbi||2006/07||Hugo van der Westhuizen|
|2007/08||Benjamin Lee||2008/09||Alice Ward-Francis|
|2009/10||Nicolas Galvez||2010/11||Rodgers Lubilo & Destario Metusala|
|2011/12||Leonie Lawrence||2012/13||Rachel Shairp & Trishant Simlai|
|2013/14||Debbie Fogell||2014/15||Sam Leslie|
Fiona Alexander Prize
This prize is awarded to the best postgraduate student completing an MSc, MPhil or PhD by research in DICE. The prize is judged on thesis quality, time to submission, examiners’ reports, the extent to which the student used their time at DICE for personal development and the contribution of the student to the wellbeing of DICE. The prize is named after Fiona Alexander, the daughter of Sandy, our former University Treasurer, and Meg Alexander. This prize is no longer awarded.
|1995/96||Dr Atanga Ekobo||1997/98||Dr Matthew Walpole|
|1998/99||Dr Lim Chan Koon||1999/00||Anne Riddell|
|2000/01||Dr Zelealem Ashenafi||2001/02||Dr Robin Moore|
|2002/03||Dr Noah Sitati||2003/04||Dr Matthew Linkie|
|2004/05||Dr Hector Magome||2005/06||Dr Mounir Abi-Said|
|2006/07||Dr Laury Cullen Jr & Dr David Sewell||2007/08||Brett Lewis|
|2009/10||Patricia Medici||2010/11||Gail Campbell-Smith|
|2011/12||Enrico Di Minin||2012/13||Mark Darmaraj|
Durrell Trust for Conservation Biology Prize
This prize is awarded to the most outstanding research postgraduate student completing an MSc, MPhil or PhD, based on thesis quality, the examiners’ reports, personal development and contribution to the DICE ethos
|2013/14||Abishek Harihar (joint winner)||2013/14||Diogo Verissimo (joint winner)|
|2013/14||Jake Bicknell (joint winner)||2014/15||Hazel Jackson|
|2015/16||Dan Challender (joint winner)||2014/15||Amy Hinsley (joint winner)|
Worcester Prize for DICE
This prize will be awarded annually to the best undergraduate student taught by DICE on any of its courses. This prize will be judged on the basis of the following criteria: all module marks, taking into account difficulties and challenges faced by the student in fieldwork, laboratory techniques or other aspects of the course; the contribution of the candidate as an undergraduate student to personal development and progress; and, contribution of the student to the general wellbeing of the class and of DICE. The prize has been made by the former Chancellor of the University of Kent, Sir Robert Worcester.
|2007/08||Michaela Kossuth||2008/09||Kathrin Mach|
|2009/10||Ben Payne||2010/11||Amy Liebthal|
|2011/12||Tamzin Rasho||2012/13||Phoebe Maund|
|2013/14||Hannah Conduit||2014/15||Cassy Flint|
Ellya Mustafa Staff Award
The Ellya Mustafa Prize was created by DICE students to recognize the efforts of staff members towards the DICE mission and the student experience at DICE. The prize is the most recent DICE award, having been awarded for the first time in 2011, and is attributed through a direct vote from all DICE students. The award is named after Ellya Hafidzah Haji Mustafa, a conservationist from Brunei, who completed her MSc in Conservation Biology at DICE in 2006/2007. Ellya passed away in January 2011 due to sudden illness and this prize is a homage to her organized by her fellow DICE colleagues.
|2010/11||Dr Dave Roberts||2011/12||Dr Zoe Davies|
|2012/13||Dr Joseph Tzanopoulos||2013/14||Dr Tatyana Humle|
|2014/15||Dr Helen Newing||2015/16||Dr Rob Fish|
|2016/17||Dr Charlie Gardner|
Gerald Durrell Prize
A prize awarded for the best student gaining a First on the BSc Wildlife Conservation and BA Environmental Studies (and cognate programmes) with the School of Anthropology and Conservation.
|2013/14||Megan Knowles-Bacon||2014/15||Kashmir Flint|