DICE awards five annual prizes to its students and staff and these are announced at the annual DICE lecture.
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 well-being 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|
|2015/16||Cassy Flint||2016/17||Gwynne Braidwood|
|2017/18||Treya Picking & Holly Reid||2018/19||Amie Humphries|
Gerald Durrell Prize
A prize awarded for the best student gaining a First on the BSc in Wildlife Conservation or BA in Environmental Social Sciences (and cognate programmes) with the School of Anthropology and Conservation.
|2013/14||Megan Knowles-Bacon||2014/15||Kashmir Flint|
|2015/16||Joseph England||2016/17||Mark Spicer|
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|
|2015/16||Sam Leslie||2016/17||Amy Collis|
|2017/18||Will Hayes||2018/19||Kerstin Opfer|
Mike Walkey 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 well-being of DICE. The prize was originally named after Fiona Alexander, the daughter of Sandy, our former University Treasurer, and Meg Alexander. It was renamed the Durrell Trust for Conservation Biology Prize in 2014 and then in 2019 it was renamed again to the Mike Walkey Prize, in honour of DICE’s first Director.
|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*||Drs Laury Cullen Jr & David Sewell||2007/08*||Dr Brett Lewis|
|2009/10*||Dr Patricia Medici||2010/11*||Dr Gail Campbell-Smith|
|2011/12*||Dr Enrico Di Minin||2012/13*||Dr Mark Darmaraj|
|2013/14§||2014/15§||Drs Jake Bicknell, Abishek Harihar & Diogo Verissimo|
|2015/16§||Dr Hazel Jackson||2016/17§||Drs Dan Challender & Amy Hinsley|
|2017/18§||Dr Mohammad Abdul Aziz||2018/19||Dr Gail Austen|
* Fiona Alexander Prize, § Durrell Trust for Conservation Biology Prize
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 in honour of her and 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||2017/18||Dr Peter Bennett|
|2018/19||Dr Charlie Gardner|