Student Research Prize

Our award for an outstanding student dissertation at undergraduate, postgraduate or higher degree level.

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. 

For any queries please contact:


The closing date for the next round of applications is November 1 2022.

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 and their supervisor will be given the opportunity to attend the next UKLA conference to receive their prize and to present their research. UKLA will fund one day’s registration, UK travel and attendance at the conference dinner for the successful applicant and their supervisor. It is necessary therefore to check that the nominee is able to attend.


This year’s winners:

UKLA Student Research Prize 2021 (Undergraduate Prize): 

Ella Godfroy – University of the West of England 

Dissertation: Children’s perceptions of diversity and their ability to empathise with characters in picture books 

Nominating Supervisor: Ros Steward


UKLA Student Research Prize 2021 (Higher Degree Prize):

Lucy Rodriguez-Leon – The Open University

PhD Thesis: Literacy experiences: an exploration of young children’s intentions, identities, and affective relations in everyday encounters with text

Nominating Supervisor: Teresa Cremin


  Nominate a Student Information about the Prize View Previous Winners

©2022 United Kingdom Literacy Association, All rights reserved

Login to your UKLA account

Signup Here
Lost Password

Subscribe to our Newsletter