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National Student Survey 2020:

We're delighted to announce that we scored 100% student satisfaction again in the 2020 National Student Survey, our tenth 100% score in eleven years!

Guardian League Table 2021:

We are also pleased (more than pleased actually) to announce that we have been ranked 3rd in the UK for History in the most recent Guardian University Guide 2021 Subject Rankings!

Prizes and Awards:

Winners of the J.B. Weller Dissertation Prize:

The J.B. Weller Prize for the best final-year dissertation was inaugurated in 2009 in honour of Mr John Brian Weller, a supporter of and benefactor to History at Suffolk, who sadly passed away that year.

Now in its eleventh year we are delighted to announce that the winner of the 2020 J.B.Weller Dissertation Prize is Aidan Coughlan for his immensely original and meticulously-researched dissertation on the 1995 Brightlingsea Animal Export Protests. Aidan receives £100 prize money in recognition of his outstanding dissertation.

2020: Aidan Coughlan

2019: Samantha Whitby

2018: Charlotte Bycroft

2017: Tracy Hickey

2016: Steve Dixon

2015: Amanda Markwell

2014: Gill Pluke and Jack Shaw (joint award)

2013: Mark Mayes

2012: Maurice Brenner

2011: Janet Shipman

2010: James Fisk

2009: Rosemary Thorogood

Winners of the Sally Williams Award for Special Merit:

In honour of former-student, the late Sally Williams, and in recognition of the extraordinary contribution she made to our programme, we inaugurated a new award for Special Merit in 2011. This discretionary award recognises a student who has made an exceptional contribution to the History community at Suffolk and/or shown exemplary commitment to their studies above and beyond the expectations of both staff and other students. We are delighted to announce joint winners for 2020: Luke Fitch and Rosie Collier. Both students have not only shown excellent progress in their studies, but have also made exemplary contributions to the wider History community at Suffolk. Both receive prize money of £100.

2020: Luke Fitch and Rosie Collier (joint)

2019: Marvin Zimmerman

2018: Melanie Mathieson 

2017: Luke Kelleher

2016: Tracy Hickey

2015: Karen Toye

2014: Emily Strickland

2013: Jack Shaw

2012: Helen Gregory

2011: Charlotte Suleyman

Winners of the Anglia Research Prize for History

In 2019 Anglia Research Ltd of Ipswich, one of the UK's leading probate genealogy services, inaugurated an annual student award for the best student performance on our Suffolk Lives module. The first winner of this prize is Aidan Coughlan who will receive his prize from Anglia Research MD Peter Turvey at Aidan's graduation ceremony in 2020.

2019: Aidan Coughlan

Winners of the Ipswich Maritime Trust Prize:

A new prize was inaugurated by Ipswich Maritime Trust in 2014 to acknowledge the best essay on maritime history. This prize is intermittently awarded depending on whether students engage in maritime research. 

2017: Amanda Rawlins 

2016: Jonathan Buss

2015: Karen Toye

2014: Heather Gittins