The Rev'd Dr David Efird taught in the Department of Philosophy from 2002 until his untimely death in 2020. He was a popular colleague, tutor and mentor. During his time at York he engaged in a wide range of topics which included metaphysics, the philosophy of science, the philosophy of language, social epistemology, philosophy of Christianity, Philosophy of Islam and, more recently analytic theology.
Tributes from colleagues and students can be found at Rev’d Dr David Efird (1974-2020)
In his memory, his family generously set up an annual student prize worth £300. For the academic year 2020/21 the prize will be awarded to the student on the MA in Philosophy who achieves the highest essay mark >72 in either of the option modules: Philosophy of the Spiritual Life or, Philosophy of Christianity, or in the MA Project, provided that its topic is in the field of philosophy of religion, or research on contemporary issues or themes using a philosophy of religion perspective.
Students may only be awarded the prize once. In the event of a tie, the Prize will normally be shared.