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Postgrad Awards 2020 nominations are now closed - thank you for your support!

We really appreciate you taking the time to celebrate and showcase an individual or team who have excelled in their role and gone over and beyond. We’ve received so many inspirational stories and we are delighted that you have shared these with us.

We have received over 100 nominations across five categories and will be shortlisting the entries in the next few days. Keep an eye on this page to find out whether you or someone from your university has been shortlisted!

Award categories

  • 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 and impacts the research community more widely. Maybe you know a PhD student whose hard work has led them to presenting their work internationally, or whose persistence and motivation is second to none.

  • 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, gives their students high-quality constructive feedback, is passionate about their subject, and always put the students first. The teachers who inspire students to think beyond the programme, 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 supervisors who go out of their way to give their PhD students the best possible academic experience. PhD supervisors 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.

  • *NEW FOR 2020* Best PG Student Experience Initiative

Our Best PG Student Experience Initiative award is designed to reward the institutions, Graduate Schools, departments or faculties who have created a fantastic initiative resulting in positive experiences for their postgraduate community. The team receiving this award will be creating supportive and encouraging learning environments, motivating their students to reach their full potential, adding value and setting them up for their future career.

Prizes and awards

If you win one of our awards, you'll receive the honour and recognition of being one of our 2020 prize winners. Find out more about our 2019 winners here.

All of our winners will receive a Postgrad Awards trophy, so you'll have a reminder that you're exceptional at what you do!

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 and on our social media channels which will showcase your success so far, your winning application, and discuss where you hope your career will take you. We might even ask you to speak at one of our study fairs or take part in a student panel!

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

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