Graduation prizes and awards

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Arden University presents several prizes at each graduation celebration to recognise and reward student achievement.

Listed below are the prizes currently approved by Arden’s Academic Board.

The Academic Board and the Progression and Awards Board, make the final decision over the presentation of any of the prizes.

  

Our nominated prize categories

Eligibility

This prize will be open to all students who have completed and been awarded a degree from an Arden University programme. The prize will go to the student who, in the sole opinion of the Progression and Awards Board (“PAB”), has achieved the greatest academic success while demonstrating the values of Arden University.

Eligible students must have completed and passed their intended award and meet at least one of the following criteria. Nominations can be from the student, from a fellow student, or by a member of Arden University staff.

Criteria

  1. Were unable to go to university as originally hoped due to finances
  2. Has demonstrated that their work has benefited the wider community
  3. Has participated in extra- curricular activities
  4. Has balanced studying whilst working full-time

 

Prize

A certificate and £150 (one hundred- and fifty-pounds sterling) cash prize will be awarded to the chosen winner of the Vice Chancellors’ Prize, subject to these terms.

Eligibility

This prize will be open to all students, who have completed and been awarded a degree from an Arden University programme. The prize will go to the student who, in the opinion of both the Progression and Awards Board (“PAB”) and the respective Faculty Dean, has achieved the greatest academic success in the student’s Faculty, while demonstrating the values of Arden University.

Students must have completed and passed their intended award and meet at least one of the following criteria. Nominations can be from the student, from a fellow student, or by a member of Arden University staff.

Criteria

  1. Has made a significant contribution to their programme, school or faculty
  2. Has demonstrated resilience and determination to thrive during their time at Arden University
  3. Has completed their studies despite facing barriers to their learning

 

Prize

A certificate and £150 (one hundred- and fifty-pounds sterling) cash prize will be awarded to each chosen winner of the Dean’s prize, subject to these terms.

Eligibility

This prize will be open to all students who have completed and been awarded a degree from an Arden University programme. This prize recognises the single or collective of students who have overcome a personal challenge and achieved success at Arden University. Students must have completed and passed their intended degree programme and meet one of the following criteria. Nominations can be from the student, from a fellow student, or by a member of Arden University staff.

Students must demonstrate an “achievement in the face of adversity”. This might be in the form of:

  • a single or multiple of achievements attained in the face of adversities
  • an adversity that began before commencing studies or commenced during studies
  • a physical, mental, social, financial, familial, emotional, or spiritual adversity
  • an achievement regardless of grade

 

Where “achievement in the face of adversity” is shared, both students should receive the prize.

 

Prize

A certificate and £100 (one hundred pounds sterling) cash prize will be awarded to each chosen winner of the Katie Aubrey Prize, subject to these terms.

FAQs

How do I achieve a nominated prize?

Nominated prizes play an important part in recognising student achievement through the quality of contribution to other aspects of university life which is not based on grades alone. Before each graduation ceremony, a PAB will be identified as the final prize PAB where all nominations will be presented to confirm the final prize winners.

Who can make a nomination?

Nominations can be from the student, a fellow student, or a member of Arden University staff.

How do I nominate a fellow student or self-nominate?

Please complete the nomination form (will become avaliable shortly).

What rules do I need to follow?

When completing a nomination please ensure the following:

  • The criteria for the prizes has been met
  • Nomination form must be completed in full
  • Nomination form received by the deadline date
  • If you are nominating a student, you must have their consent to do so
Will I be informed if someone I nominated was successful/unsuccessful?

You will only be informed if your nomination was successful and your nominated student gives us consent to share this information.

Will I be informed if my self-nomination was successful/unsuccessful?

You will only be informed if your self-nomination was successful.

How will I be notified if I am a prize winner?

If you are a prize winner, you will be contacted via email ahead of the forthcoming graduation ceremony.

How will the prizes be awarded?

Usually, if you are a prize winner, you will collect your certificate on stage at the graduation ceremony. Your name will also be listed in the graduation brochure and on our graduation webpage (subject to consent). The cash prize will be sent separately via BACS.

What if you cannot attend the ceremony?

If you cannot attend the graduation ceremony your certificate will normally be posted to your home address after the graduation ceremony. The cash prize will be sent separately via BACS. Your name will also be listed in the graduation brochure and our graduation webpage (subject to consent).

Nomination deadline dates
UK Graduation 25th/26th June 2024  
Nomination opens1st April 2024
Nomination closes13th May 2024
PAB deadlineTBC

 

  

Our Academic prize categories

Eligibility

This prize will be open to all postgraduate students who have completed and been awarded a degree from an Arden University programme. The prize is made to the postgraduate student with the highest classification mark across the university.

  • If more than one student has the same score, the student with the highest score on the final project/dissertation shall be given the prize.
  • If that does not discern between candidates, nomination of one student is at the discretion of the Arden University.

Any student who is awarded this category cannot be awarded the Arden Achiever prize.

Prize

A Certificate and £100 (one hundred pounds sterling) cash prize will be awarded to the chosen winner of the Arden Best Performing Postgraduate Student, subject to these terms.

Eligibility

This prize will be open to all undergraduate students who have completed and been awarded a degree from an Arden University programme. The prize is made to the undergraduate student with the highest classification mark across the university.

  • If more than one student has the same score, the student with the highest score on the final project/dissertation shall be given the prize.
  • If that does not discern between candidates, nomination of one student is at the discretion of the institution.

Any student who is awarded this category cannot be awarded the Arden Achiever prize.

Prize

A Certificate and £100 (one hundred pounds sterling) cash prize will be awarded to the chosen winner of the Arden Best Performing Undergraduate Student, subject to these terms.

Eligibility

This prize will be open to all undergraduate students who have completed and been awarded a degree from an Arden University programme. The prize is made to the undergraduate student with the highest classification mark across a school (one undergraduate and one postgraduate per school).

  • If more than one student has the same score, the student with the highest score on the final project/dissertation shall be given the prize
  • If that does not discern between candidates, nomination of one student is at the discretion of the institution.

Any student who is awarded this category cannot be awarded the Arden best performing student prize.

Prize

A Certificate and £50 (fifty pounds sterling) cash prize will be awarded to the chosen winner of the Arden Achiever Undergraduate Student Prize, subject to these terms.

Eligibility

This prize will be open to all postgraduate students who have completed and been awarded a degree from an Arden University programme. The prize is made to a Postgraduate student with the highest classification mark across a School.

  • If more than one student has the same score, the student with the highest score on the final project/dissertation shall be given the prize
  • If that does not discern between candidates, nomination of one student is at the discretion of the institution.

Any student who is awarded this category cannot be awarded the Arden best performing student prize.

Prize

A Certificate and £50 (fifty pounds sterling) cash prize will be awarded to the chosen winner of the Arden Achiever Postgraduate Student Prize, subject to these terms.

Eligibility/ Criteria

This award is open to all students who are enrolled on and have completed a British Psychological Society accredited programme at Arden University.

This award is for the student who has achieved the highest overall classification mark in a British Psychological Society accredited degree programme at Arden University.

  • The award must go to the student with the highest overall score across all British Psychological Society Accredited Programmes.
  • If more than one student has the same score, the student with the highest score on the research project should be nominated.
  • If that does not discern between candidates, nomination of one student is at the discretion of the institution.
Award

A signed letter of congratulations, £30 (thirty pounds sterling) voucher prize; and a year's free graduate membership will be awarded to the chosen winner of the Undergraduate British Psychology Society Award, subject to these terms.

Eligibility Criteria

This prize will be open to all undergraduate students who have completed and been awarded a degree from an Arden University programme at each international partner institution. The prize is made to the undergraduate student with the highest classification mark across the university.

  • If more than one student has the same score, the student with the highest score on the final project/dissertation shall be given the prize.
  • If that does not discern between candidates, nomination of one student is at the discretion of the institution. Any student who is awarded this category cannot be awarded the Arden Achiever or Best Performing Student prize.

 

Prize

A Certificate and £100 will be awarded to the chosen winner of the Arden Pro Vice Chancellor (International) Award Undergraduate, subject to these terms.

Eligibility/Criteria

This prize will be open to all postgraduate students who have completed and been awarded a degree from an Arden University programme at each international partner institution. The prize is made to the postgraduate student with the highest classification mark across the university.

  • If more than one student has the same score, the student with the highest score on the final project/dissertation shall be given the prize.
  • If that does not discern between candidates, nomination of one student is at the discretion of the institution. Any student who is awarded this category cannot be awarded the Arden Achiever or Best Performing Student prize.

 

Prize

A Certificate and £100 will be awarded to the chosen winner of the Arden Pro Vice Chancellor (International) Award Undergraduate, subject to these terms.

FAQs

How do I achieve an Academic prize?

Normally approved prizes are based on academic merit and final classifications. Students who meet the criteria for these prizes will be identified during Arden University’s PAB. Students identified who meet the prize criteria will be added to a shortlist from that PAB period. Before each graduation ceremony, a PAB will be identified as the final prize PAB where all shortlisted students will be presented to confirm the final prize winners.

How will I be notified if I am a prize winner?

If you are a prize winner, you will be contacted via email ahead of the forthcoming graduation ceremony.

How will the prizes be awarded?

Usually, if you are a prize winner, you will collect your certificate on stage at the graduation ceremony. Your name will also be listed in the graduation brochure and our graduation webpage (subject to consent). The cash prize will be sent separately via BACS after the ceremony.

What if you cannot attend the ceremony?

If you cannot attend the graduation ceremony your certificate will normally be posted to your home address after the graduation ceremony. The cash prize will be sent separately via BACS after the ceremony. Your name will also be listed in the graduation brochure and our graduation webpage (subject to consent).

Prize winners

Arden University is lucky to have such talented students, please see below all previous awarded graduates.

Best Performing Undergraduate Student

Awarded to the undergraduate student with the highest classification mark across the university.

Shipu Miah (2023)

 

Arden Achiever Undergraduate

Awarded to the undergraduate student with the highest classification mark across a School.

Healthcare Management

Indira Maria Newell (2023)

Leadership and Management 

George Tembo (2023)

Digital Finance

Sarah Shahzeb (2023)

Computing

Matthew George (2023)

Design and Creativity

Hanan Khalil Mutahar (2023)

Psychology

Abdulhamza Rajooj Hmood Alameri (2023)

Criminal Justice

Catherine Grundy (2023)

Law

Lauren Anne Westwell (2023) 

 

Best Performing Postgraduate Student

Awarded to the postgraduate student with the highest classification mark across the university.

Meerab Shahid (2023)

 

Arden Achiever Postgraduate

Awarded to the postgraduate student with the highest classification mark across a School.

Human Resource Management 

Jade Robbins (2023)

Project Management

Sidra Sarfraz Khan Sipra (2023)

Computing 

Steven Marsh (2023)

Digital Education

Paul Moses (2023)

Psychology

Galina Gardiner (2023)

 

Deans Prize

Arden University presents this award to the student who had to overcome significant challenges to pursue higher education

Nathalie Francis (2023) Faculty of Business

Yamuna Devi Khoodeeram (2023) Faculty of STEM

Rebecca Reynolds (2023) Faculty of Social Sciences

 

Katie Aubrey Award

This award is in memory of Katie Aubrey, a long-standing member of Arden staff who passed suddenly. Awarded to a student who has overcome personal challenges while achieving success at Arden University

Mathew Love (2023)

Best Performing Undergraduate Student

Awarded to the undergraduate student with the highest classification mark across the university.

Stephen Edwards (2022)

Louise McCabe (2022)

 

Arden Achiever Undergraduate

Awarded to the undergraduate student with the highest classification mark across a School.

Healthcare Management

Comfort Kaheru-Isanga (2022)

Elsa Denise Perestrelo (2022)

Leadership and Management 

Michael Ross (2022)

Anna Nolan (2022)

Digital Finance

Sana Fnaiech (2022)

Saima Taha (2022)

Human Resource Management 

Melanie Kate Belavilas (2022)

Computing

Honufa Bibi Ahmed (2022)

Mujtaba Allah Ditta (2022)

Design

Jarl-Stian Olsen (2022)

Psychology

Elenya Daley (2022)

Claire Smith (2022)

Law

Megan Scourfield (2022)

Patrick Coughlan (2022)

Digital Education

Penelope Hyams (2022)

 

Best Performing Postgraduate Student

Awarded to the postgraduate student with the highest classification mark across the university.

Louise Mitchell (2022)

Ayesi Mbwanari (2022)

 

Arden Achiever Postgraduate

Awarded to the postgraduate student with the highest classification mark across a School.

Digital Marketing

Amy Elizabeth Chetwynd (2022)

Samuel Aylett (2022)

Human Resource Management 

Ella Palmer (2022)

Reinier Kasper (2022)

Leadership and Management

Christopher-John Perrin (2022)

Alexander Hunter (2022)

Project Management

Jade Hatherall (2022)

Computing 

Neil Andrew Stephenson (2022)

Marnus Janse Van Rensburg (2022)

Engineering 

Richard Patterson (2022)

Psychology

Rudolf Eigenheer (2022)

Digital Education

Samuel Aylett (2022)

Project Management and Supply Chain & Logistics

Energy Seplane Madzivanyika (2022)

Marketing and Sales

Tiffany Mitchell (2022)

 

Deans Prize

Arden University presents this award to the student who had to overcome significant challenges to pursue higher education

Lisa Marie Pryce (2022) Faculty of Business

Sharnay Van- Hoorn (2022) Faculty of STEM

Lisa Meighan (2022) Faculty of Social Sciences

 

Vice Chancellors prize

The Vice-Chancellor presents this award to the student who had to overcome significant challenges to pursue higher education.

Quite Phiri (2022)

Michele Gull (2022)

 

Katie Aubrey Award

This award is in memory of Katie Aubrey, a long-standing member of Arden staff who passed suddenly. Awarded to a student who has overcome personal challenges while achieving success at Arden University

Louise Mitchell (2022)

Toddles Lawrence (2022)

 

BPS Undergraduate Award

Bettina Finna (2022)

Best Performing Undergraduate Student

Awarded to the undergraduate student with the highest classification mark across the university.

Lavin Orlando Lennon (2021)

 

Arden Achiever Undergraduate

Awarded to the undergraduate student with the highest classification mark across a School.

Healthcare Management

Nurudeen Odunayo Oladejo (2021)

Leadership and Management 

Derek Walker (2021)

Digital Finance

Jane Waweru (2021)

Human Resource Management 

Julia-Joyce Wells (2021)

Digital Marketing

Tempitope Adeola (2021)

Computing

Daniel Martin Jones (2021)

Design

Beatrice Viney (2021)

Psychology

Elena Angela Neocleous (2021)

Criminal Justice

Charlotte Elisa Marie Uhel (2021)

Law

Daniel Lee Kelly (2021)

 

Best Performing Postgraduate Student

Awarded to the postgraduate student with the highest classification mark across the university.

Francis Jamileth Gallardo Velasquez (2021)

 

Arden Achiever Postgraduate

Awarded to the postgraduate student with the highest classification mark across a School.

Digital Marketing

Corinna Wagner (2021)

Human Resource Management 

Faye Humphries (2021)

Leadership and Management

Sabrina Shariff Morisset (2021)

Project Management

Faith Augusta Simataa (2021)

Computing 

David Mathey-Doret dit Doret (2021)

Engineering 

Brian Henricus Gerardus Jacobs (2021)

Best Performing Undergraduate Student

Awarded to the undergraduate student with the highest classification mark across the university.

Daniela Tripon (2020)

 

Arden Achiever Undergraduate

Awarded to the undergraduate student with the highest classification mark across a School.

Healthcare Management

Chandrika Perera (2020)

Leadership and Management 

Richard LongStaffe (2020) 

Computing

Davide Mariuzzo (2020)

Psychology

Catherine Palmer (2020)

Criminal Justice

Irina Cocu (2020)

Law

Nicole Brunt (2020)
 

 

Best Performing Postgraduate Student

Awarded to the postgraduate student with the highest classification mark across the university.

Nader Erian (2020)

 

Arden Achiever Postgraduate

Awarded to the postgraduate student with the highest classification mark across a School.

Digital Marketing

Julie Firth (2020)

Human Resource Management 

Andrew Jackson (2020)

Leadership and Management

Sian Duffin (2020)

Project Management

Luxmi Kanth Navaneethan (2020)

Computing 

Andrew Agborma Abaye (2020)

Engineering 

Hamed Khamis Ali Al Nadabi (2020)

Psychology

Victoria Stakelum (2020)

 

Deans Prize

Arden University presents this award to the student who had to overcome significant challenges to pursue higher education

Cecilia McKay (2020) Faculty of Business, School of Healthcare Management 

Geoffrey William Sim (2021) Faculty of Social Sciences, School of Psychology

Jackson Osarumwense Omoruyi (2022) Faculty of Business, School of Healthcare Management

 

CMI AWARDS

Best Dissertation Undergraduate Student 

Awarded to the undergraduate student enrolled on a CMI accredited course and completed their degree between 2020 - 2022

Johnathan Araujo Vaz Ferreira

Best Dissertation Postgraduate Student  

Awarded to the postgraduate student enrolled on a CMI accredited course and completed their degree between 2020 - 2022 

Ben Roughton 

Outstanding Student Award

Awarded to an exceptional learner who has demonstrated a positive impact on their own professional development and academic studies through effective application of the theory they have learned

Simon Henry

By accepting your graduation prize, you consent to your contact details being used by us to contact you in connection with the prize. We will at all times process your personal data in accordance with our Privacy Policy, which is available on our website (www.arden.ac.uk/privacy-policy) or upon request, which is compliant with the UK GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018 both as amended, extended or re-enacted from time to time.

Where there is a law (including but not limited to sanctions) or regulation prohibiting the provision of the prize to you from us, the applicable law/regulation shall prevail and we will not provide the prize to you.

You are not eligible for a prize and we are under no obligation to award a prize, if there are any outstanding monies that you owe to Arden University and these have not been paid to Arden University 6 weeks prior to your graduation ceremony.

It is your responsibility to ensure that, if you are eligible under these terms, you are able to use the prize; this includes being able to use the prize in your country of residence. No alternative prize will be provided by us.

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The prize can be applied at the same time as other offers run by us. The prize is given at our sole discretion and our decision is final.

We reserve the right to withdraw or amend the terms or the prize at any time.

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Monitoring

An annual report summarising prizes awarded is made to Academic Board each year. This summarises all prizes awarded in that year, new and discontinued prizes.