Professor Roger Woolhouse was an eminent scholar, known especially for his work on Locke and Leibniz, who taught at the University of York from 1969 until his retirement in 2001. He died in 2011 and his obituaries can be read here:
His widow decided to give the royalties from all his many books to the Department, in perpetuity, to fund a Prize for students on the MA in Philosophy postgraduate programme. Other members of his family have also donated to the fund.
The Prize is annual and is worth £500. It is awarded to the student on the MA in Philosophy programme who gets the highest mark on an essay submitted as part of their ordinary assessment in January (excluding the Dissertation Research Proposal) and with the proviso that the mark must be >72. Students may only be awarded the prize once. In the event of a tie, the Prize will normally be shared.
This year the prize has been shared between Tristan Feltham for his essay 'Is H.L.A. Hart’s Legal Theory an Improvement Compared to Hans Kelsen’s Pure Theory of Law?' and Edward Wilkinson for his essay 'How can Schopenhauer explain the communication of Ideas in art?' Congratulations to you both!