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Winifred Pennington Dissertation Prize

About the prize

The Quaternary Research Association, in association with the RGS-IBG, would like to recognise the achievements of undergraduates in Quaternary science by awarding a dissertation prize (£250) for a thesis demonstrating flair and originality. Further prizes (£50) are awarded for dissertations that are deemed ‘highly commendable’ by the judges (two prizes available). This competition is open to any undergraduate enrolled at a British or Irish university. Membership of the QRA or RGS-IBG is not a requirement for entry.

Entries are limited to one per department per current academic year and may be on any Quaternary theme. Entries must be submitted electronically by department and not by individual undergraduates. The QRA welcomes nominations from all appropriate sources, including new universities or small departments. The winner will be announced at the QRA Annual General Meeting (held annually each January) and it is expected that the winner will submit a short article for publication in the Quaternary Newsletter.

An electronic copy of eligible dissertations including the contact details of the department and undergraduate author (marked for the QRA prize) should be emailed to Dr Catherine Souch at the Royal Geographical Society (with The Institute of British Geographers) at The submitted dissertation should not be sent with the internal mark or comments. Prior to submission, please check for completeness and clarity of any maps and illustrations (for example, that those requiring colour are printed in colour).

For further details, please contact Catherine Souch: 020 7591 3022, e-mail: or

Interested in submitting a paper?

QRA undergraduate members can submit their papers via RGS’s site. Please follow the link for more details.