Student Research Prize

Our award for an outstanding student dissertation at undergraduate, postgraduate or higher degree level.
Clare Dowdall (Left), Susan Jones (Middle Left), Elizabeth Jennings- winner UG prize – (Middle Right), Candice Satchwell (Right)

The UKLA Student Research Prize is awarded annually. The award is given for an outstanding student dissertation at undergraduate, postgraduate or higher degree level undertaken at a UK institution. Studies using any research approach (ethnographic, experimental, historical, etc.) are encouraged. Each study is assessed in the light of the chosen approach, the scholarly quality of its report, and its contribution to the field of literacy. 

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The closing date for the next round of applications is November 2023.

Applications will be assessed by the UKLA sub-committee and a shortlist will be drawn up. The complete works shortlisted will then be requested as electronic Microsoft Word files.

The winner will be given the opportunity to attend the next UKLA International Conference to receive their prize and to present their research. UKLA will fund weekend registration at the UKLA International Conference, UK travel and attendance at the conference dinner for the successful applicant .


This year’s winners:

UKLA Student Research Prize 2022 (Undergraduate Prize): 

Elizabeth Jennings – University of Nottingham 

Dissertation: ‘A bit like sex education’ – Media literacy education and primary school children: mothers’ understanding, attitudes, and expectations.

Nominating Supervisor: Susan Jones


UKLA Student Research Prize 2022 (Higher Degree Prize):

Elizabeth Nelson – University of Glasgow

PhD Thesis:Understanding Childhood and Play in the Post-Digital Age

Nominating Supervisor: Mia Perry



UKLA Student Research Prize 2022 (Special commendation (EdD)):

Mari Lewis – Bournemouth University Understanding Childhood

Thesis:A Critically-engaged Syncretic Language Narrative of two Building Trades Students and their families: Developing Identity-resonance for Self-actualising Minorities’ Right to Be, Believe and Belong

Nominating Supervisor: Isabella Rega


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UKLA Student Research Prize Winners 2021!

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