Dissertation Award

UK Data Service Dissertation Award 2020-21

We are open for entries for 2020-21.

The UK Data Service Dissertation Award recognises outstanding undergraduate dissertations on social science topics that include excellent reuse of data.

In 2020-21, we will give awards for the three best dissertations from this academic year. Each winning entry will receive a £300 voucher and publicity via our website, blog and Newsletter.


Entries to the award are open to undergraduate students at UK universities writing dissertations:

  • on social science topics
  • using data available via the UK Data Service
  • submitted in the 2020-21 academic year

Family members of staff working for the UK Data Service at any institution are not eligible to enter.

How to enter

To enter, students complete the Dissertation Award entry form.

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

The deadline for submissions is 12.00pm (lunchtime) on 1 July 2021. Submissions received after this date will not be accepted.

The judging process

A shortlisting panel will use the completed entry forms to shortlist a number of finalists for the award. We will then request full dissertations from the shortlisted entries.

The judging panel will review the full dissertations of the shortlisted entries. 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 will be looking for outstanding dissertations based on thorough secondary data analysis on social science topics.

We will contact and announce winners at the end of July/early August.

Join our Data for dissertations webinar on 21 October 2020 for more information.

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

Previous awards

Read more about the Dissertation Award winners from previous years by following the links below.

Dissertation Award winners 2020

Dissertation Prize winners 2017

Dissertation Prize winners 2016

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