Dissertation Prize

Are you an undergraduate student using secondary analysis for your dissertation? Would you like to share your results with other researchers, users of data and practitioners?

The Dissertation Prize is an opportunity to recognise and reward undergraduate students who use our data for their dissertations. We will be awarding three dissertation prizes for projects that demonstrate an interesting re-use of quantitative or qualitative data available through the UK Data Service.

The three winning candidates will receive prizes of £500 (1st place), £250 (2nd place) and £150 (3rd place).

The abstract of the winning dissertations, along with their key findings, will also be publicised to our networks within the social sciences through our quarterly Newsletter. Electronic copies of the winning dissertations will also be published on the UK Data Service website, subject to the permissions of the winning students, their supervisors and their affiliated institutions.

Dissertation Prize winners 2017

Dissertation Prize winners 2016

How to enter

Please submit an Executive Summary (PDF format of two A4 pages maximum) outlining your research question, data used, methodology, results and example of your evidence such as table, graph or excerpt from interview transcript of your dissertation to the UK Data Service at ukdstraining@manchester.ac.uk. Prior to submission, please check for completeness and clarity of any graphs and illustrations.

The deadline for the dissertation Executive Summary is 15 May 2017.

Shortlisted candidates will be notified by the beginning of June and will be asked to submit an electronic copy of their dissertation. The successful candidate will be announced and awarded the Dissertation Prize in July.


The competition is open to candidates who use quantitative or qualitative data available through the UK Data Service in their research (this can include mixed methods approaches i.e. quantitative and qualitative data if one of the data sources is available from the UK Data Service).

Dissertations submitted that do not use data from the UK Data Service will be disqualified.

This competition is open to any undergraduate students enrolled at a British or Irish university in any discipline for research dissertations on social and economic issues. Entries can be submitted either by department/school or by individual undergraduates. The competition is not open to postgraduate students.

By entering the competition, you hereby warrant that all information submitted by you is true, current and complete. The UK Data Service reserves the right to verify the eligibility of all entrants.

For further details please contact the UK Data Service at ukdstraining@manchester.ac.uk

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