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Social Impact Dissertation Prize

At the Social Impact Lab, we take immense pride in the dedication and hard work exhibited by our students through their academic journeys. The Social Impact Dissertation Prize aims to recognise and honour outstanding undergraduate students at the University of Southampton who have undertaken impactful research in their dissertations.

Who can apply?

The Social Impact Dissertation Prize is aimed at undergraduate students at the University of Southampton who are currently submitting their dissertations. We accept applications from students across all faculties who have conducted research that addresses a social challenge at the local, national, or international level.

The research findings should have the potential to inform policy makers, businesses, and/or third sector organizations in tackling pressing social issues. 

Assessment Criteria

Applications for the dissertation prize will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  • Research idea and originality: The uniqueness and innovativeness of the research idea and its potential impact on addressing a social challenge.
  • Well-defined social challenge: Clearly state the significance of the social challenge addressed by the research.
  • Transferable findings: Indicate how the research findings can be transferred to policy/business/third sector practices

How to apply

To apply for the Dissertation Prize, you must complete an application form where you provide a summary of your dissertation and describe the social impact of your dissertation. Applicants then have the option to submit a 2-minute video OR a PowerPoint slide explaining the importance of their research and the social implementations.

The application form for the Dissertation Prize opens up in March each year and remains open until June. Sign up to our Newsletter to be the first to know when applications open!  

Panel & Prizes

1st Prize: A £100 gift card

2nd Prize: £75 gift card

3rd Prize: £50 gift card 

Last year’s winners

1st: Alice Bryce

To what extent do Incels use anti-feminist sentiments to justify their acts of violence?

2nd: Claire Taylor

Sustainable Podiatry: What does the general public think about virtual consultations versus face-to-face appointments within Podiatry?

3rd: Skeet Northfield

The Future of the Right to Roam in England and Wales, Considered Through the Lens of Progressive Property Theory

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