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Postgrad Awards - Showcasing the best supervisors, teachers and students.

We’re pleased to be launching our online Postgrad Awards, to honour and reward excellence in postgraduate teaching and supervision, learning and research.

Here at FindAMasters & FindAPhD we want to reward exceptional people whose dedication, determination, and passion for their work is outstanding. Essentially, we want to give you a big ‘thumbs up’ for all your hard work and our prizes also include £500 for our student winners.

Award categories

Masters teacher of the year

Our Masters teacher of the year award aims to celebrate the individual who has created the most positive and encouraging learning environment, who gives their students high-quality constructive feedback, who is approachable, passionate about their subject, and always put the student first.

The teachers who mentor and support their students through job applications and interviews, who inspire students to think beyond the programme, encourage professional development, and ultimately give their students an excellent foundation for their future careers.

PhD supervisor of the year

Our PhD supervisor of the year award is designed to reward the PhD supervisors who go out of their way to give their PhD students the best possible PhD experience. We’re looking for a supervisor who is inspirational, motivational, supportive, and encourages their PhD students. We’re after someone totally dedicated, approachable, and who has real expertise and passion for their subject.

We’re talking about the hero PhD supervisors who go above and beyond to help their students. The ones who inspire their students to ask the big research questions, guide them with writing research papers, and introduce them to the most novel and current research techniques.

Masters student of the year

Our Masters student of the year award will honour the individual Masters student who has demonstrated exceptional competence and curiosity in their studies. A student who is highly motivated, an independent learner, an excellent communicator, and has a real passion for their subject.

Beyond their studies, this award also recognises a student’s work within the postgraduate community, and positive influence on their peers.

PhD student of the year

Our PhD student of the year award will recognise the individual PhD student who has become an excellent and inquisitive researcher. Beyond this, the award recognises a student who is an integral part of their research group, someone who encourages and supports more junior members of the team, and works alongside the research community more widely.

Maybe you know a PhD student whose hard work has led them to presenting their work at international conferences, or someone whose persistence and motivation is second to none (VERY important when research doesn’t go to plan). Or, maybe you want to honour a PhD student who has made a big impact on their peers; helping them write papers, delivering lecturers or teaching undergraduates.

Prizes and awards

If you win one of our awards you'll receive the honour and recognition of being our inaugural prize winners.

All of our winners will receive a Postgrad Awards trophy, so you'll have a reminder that you're exceptional at what you do, and deserve a big thumbs up.

Postgrad Awards prizes

Our Masters and PhD student winners will receive a £500 cash prize as a reward for all of the hard work, dedication and commitment you've demonstrated as a postgraduate student. You'll also be featured in our blog pages which will showcase your success so far, your winning application, and discuss where you hope your career will take you.

Postgrad Awards prizes

Our Masters teachers and PhD supervisor winners will be featured as our PhD supervisor, or Masters teacher of the year in our e-newsletter which goes out to over 87,000 people, featured on our blog pages on or, and on our social channels. We want to showcase you, your courses or opportunities and your institution.

Who can apply?

All of our award catagories are open for applications from the following people:

  • Self-nominees: You may nominate yourself for any of the awards, providing you have at least one supporting statement from a peer or student (if applying for the teacher / supervisor award), or your lecturer/supervisor (if applying for one of the student awards).

  • Nominations: You may nominate a peer, your lecturer or supervisor, or one of your Masters / PhD students providing you have their support to do so.

How to apply

To apply for an award, please download the online PDF template, complete the required fields and email to us.

Apply now

*Please download the form before completing, if you complete online and then download, it may not save your entry*

Please send this completed form, and any other supporting information, to [email protected] by Sunday 19 May, 5pm BST.

Alternatively, you can send the completed form and any supporting information to us by post to the following address: Postgrad Awards, FindAUniversity, 77 Sidney Street, Sheffield, S1 4RG.

Meet the judges

We've enlisted the help of a fantastic judging panel to help us choose the most deserving winners.

Justine Andrew

Market Director, Education, KPMG

As the Market Director for KPMG's Education and Skills practice, Justine is responsible for the development of KPMG's work in this sector, encompassing schools, 14-19, higher education, and, increasingly the wider skills agenda linked to Northern Powerhouse and devolution. Justine also leads KMPG's work with some of the largest education providers nationally as well as being at the forefront of KPMG's work in the skills space.

Dan Beynon

Head of Education, SMRS

Dan heads up the education team at SMRS. In this intensely competitive higher education marketplace SMRS help universities tackle their communication and branding challenges, delivering strategic marketing campaigns and strategic consultancy projects. Dan has been working in Higher Education for 18 years and provides insight and sector expertise to SMRS’s University clients. He has worked with both UK and International universities and has most recently created The Know (a forum through which HE’s Marketing leaders can connect and collaborate) and Firsthand ( a campaign to share the best transformational stories from UK HE).

Trina Everall

Commercial Director, Wonkhe

Trina is Commercial Director at Wonkhe. Prior to this, Trina spent 13 years at The Guardian as Head of Student & Youth, where she created a commercial student and youth proposition dedicated to supporting businesses and organisations engaging with 16-24 year olds.

Rob Hardwick

Head of Research and Innovation Skills, UKRI-BBSRC

Rob is the Head of Skills at BBSRC and has strategic and operational oversight of BBSRC’s investments into doctoral training, working closely with the academic and industrial bioscience research communities, the UKRI Councils and other stakeholders. Prior to this Rob completed his PhD and five years as a postdoctoral researcher in genetics.

Andy Holliday

Co-Founder, FindAUniversity

With over 20 years experience in the Postgraduate Education sector, Andy co-founded FindAUniversity back in 2001 after graduating from the University of Sheffield with an MSc in Information Management. Involved in all aspects of the business from programming to marketing, Andy helped to grow FindAUniversity from a couple of desks in a conservatory to one of the most recognised international brands in postgraduate student recruitment. and are used by over 900 universities from 50 countries, providing a comprehensive source of global study opportunities. FindAUniversity’s growing events business includes running the UK’s busiest Postgraduate fairs alongside marketing conferences for HE professionals, and working with Canadian High Commission to organise their specialist study events.

Andy is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, and is an investor in a number of other businesses within the sector.

Jonathan Neves

Head of Business Intelligence and Surveys, Advance HE

Heading up the insights and student surveys portfolio at Advance HE, Jonathan leads the reporting and coverage of the high profile Student Academic Experience Survey (co-published with the Higher Education Policy Institute), and is responsible for the overall strategy for the UK Engagement Survey as well as the Postgraduate Taught and Research Experience Surveys (PTES and PRES). Jonathan is also working across the sector collaborating on the use of the UK Engagement Survey within Learning Gain pilots.

What happens next?

Applications close on Sunday 19 May 2019, at 5pm BST and no further applications will be accepted past this date. We will contact our shortlisted applicants by Friday 28 June 2019 and will announce our winners by the end of July.

If you have not been contacted by Friday 28 June 2019, unfortunately you have not been successful in your application.

Our winners will be announced on, and, and across all our associated social media channels.


If you’ve got any questions, please don't hesitate to contact [email protected]

Terms and conditions

    1. Our Postgrad Awards 2019 are open to students of any nationality who are undertaking Masters or PhD study, OR, to academics/teachers who supervise PhD or Masters students.
    2. Self-nomination is allowed with the support of at least ONE statement from another individual who has worked with you.
    3. The person who is being nominated must be a current academic, or a current or recently graduated (within one year) Masters or PhD student.
    4. The closing date for submitting your entry is 5pm BST, Tuesday 30 April 2019 and no entries will be accepted after this point.
    5. All shortlisted applicants will be contacted by Fri 28 June 2019 and informed of the next steps.
    6. If you are shortlisted, you will be required to provide proof that you are a current or recently (within one year graduated) Masters or PhD student, or a current academic.
    7. We will announce our winners by Monday 29 July 2019.
    8. Winners will be solely judged on their entries.
    9. The judging panel’s decision is final.
    10. Winners will be requested to take part in promotional activities in relation to winning the award including, but not limited to; profile information for Postgrad Awards winners webpage, blog post/s, social media and promotional video. Our winners will be announced on FindAUniversity, FindAMasters, FindAPhD, and across our associated social media channels.
    11. Applicants personal data will be used in accordance with data protection legislation in the UK.