Dissertation Award

UK Data Service Dissertation Award 2019-2020

We are currently open for entries for 2019-2020.

The UK Data Service Dissertation Award recognises outstanding undergraduate dissertations from within the social sciences that include excellent reuse of data.

In 2019-2020, we will give awards for the three best dissertations from this academic year. Each winning entry will receive a £300 award and publicity via our website, blog and Newsletter.


Entries to the award are open to undergraduate students at UK universities in any social science discipline who have used data available via the UK Data Service in dissertations submitted in the 2019-2020 academic year. Current or former employees of the UK Data Service and their families are not eligible.

How to enter

To enter, students complete the Dissertation Award Entry Form.

Then, email the completed form using their institutional email address to ukdstraining@manchester.ac.uk.

The deadline for submissions is midnight on 3 June 2020. Submissions received after this date will not be accepted.

The judging process

A shortlisting panel will use the completed entry forms to shortlist entries. We then ask shortlisted entries to submit their full dissertation for review by the judging panel.

The judging panel will comprise data experts from the UK Data Service and senior academic staff from a range of disciplines and with mixed expertise. They look for outstanding dissertations based on thorough secondary data analysis.

We will announce the winners in July 2020.

If you have any questions about the award, please contact Jennifer.buckley@manchester.ac.uk

Previous awards

The Dissertation Prize was awarded in 2016 and 2017 to recognise and reward undergraduate students who used our data for their dissertations. In these previous years we awarded 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes for projects that demonstrated an interesting re-use of quantitative or qualitative data available through the UK Data Service.

The abstract of the winning dissertations, along with their key findings, were publicised to our networks within the social sciences through our quarterly Newsletter. View the Dissertation winners:

Dissertation Prize winners 2017

Dissertation Prize winners 2016

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