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John Twycross Prize


Through the generosity of John Twycross, a graduate, the Department of Chemistry is able to award annually one prize of £750 to a Year 3 student on the MChem course to provide additional support for him/her to spend the fourth year of the course in York. Students already sponsored by a company, or with a place on the Industrial Placements scheme, or at a University in Europe are not eligible.


A shortlist will be drawn up by a prizes and awards panel, taking into account the advice of college directors of studies and the Year 4 Leader and the information provided by applicants in the form of short personal statements.

Factors which John Twycross will take into account include:

  • The candidate's record of personal development
  • Evidence of academic progress throughout the course
  • The candidate's plans after graduation and
  • The actions he/she intends to take before graduation to achieve these objectives.

To allow the panel to draw up the shortlist and Mr Twycross to select the winner, please supply Dr Richard Douthwaite ( with the following information (no more than two sheets of A4 paper):

  1. Describe your interests and activities
  2. Explain what you think have been the main ways you have developed during your time at University so far
  3. Outline the possibilities that you are considering after your degree, why they attract you. Describe what actions you intend to take before you graduate in order to achieve your objectives

Closing Date for Applications

Applications (preferably written with a word processor and sent as an electronic file e.g. an email attachment) should reach Dr Douthwaite no later than Friday during Week 2 in the Summer Term.

Previous Winners

1999 Sushilla Z. Knottenbelt
2000 Lisa K Whalley
2001 Gavin D.M. Jeffries
2002 Gareth W Richings
2003 Jason Holland
2004 Daniel Bonsor and William Bromley
2005 Che Seabourne and Thomas Stecher
2006 Stephen Milner and Daniel Welsh
2007 Ivor Lobo and Laila Foran
2008 Catherine Rushworth and Katherine Worthington
2009 Daniel Raines
2010 Daniel Wright
2011 Paul Bond
2012 Katie Lamb and Adam Islip
2013 Felicity Taylor
2014 Conor Rankine
2015 Nicholas Cheong and David Dickinson
2016 Rachel Johnson
2017 Alice-Jane McEllin

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