Undergraduate Awards - results

Congratulations to the four UofG students who have been recognised in the 2016 Undergraduate Awards (UA).

Cited as the ultimate champion of high-potential undergraduates, and often referred to as a 'junior Nobel Prize', the Undergraduate Awards is the world's largest international academic awards programme, recognising original work across the sciences, humanities, business and creative arts.

UofG's Regional Winners

These students' papers were the highest performing in their categories in the Europe region.

  • Freya Young
    Category: Languages & Linguistics
    Paper: Sound Symbolism: challenging Saussure’s view on the arbitrary nature of the sign

  • Holly Scott
    Category: Psychology
    Paper: #sleepyteens: Social media use is associated with poor sleep, anxiety, depression and low self-esteem in adolescents

UofG's Highly Commended Entrants

  • Lewis Watson - Politics & International Relations
  • Andra Coldea - Psychology

All four have now been invited to meet their fellow awardees at the annual UA Global Summit in Dublin in November. There they will be addressed by NASA Astronaut Dr Mae Jemison, Shiza Shahid of the Malala Fund, MacArthur Fellow Kyle Abrahams, and many more.

'Huge achievement'

The CEO of the Undergraduate Awards, Louise Hodgson congratulated this year's successful entrants. 'This is a huge achievement for University of Glasgow and its students,' she said. 'UA received the highest number of submissions to date with only the best papers making it through the judging process. The competition was extremely tough and the judges were astounded at the high quality of undergraduate research.'

About the Undergraduate Awards

The Undergraduate Awards is the world's largest international academic awards programme, recognising innovation and excellence at undergraduate level. Cited as the ultimate champion for high-potential undergraduates, UA identifies leading creative thinkers through their undergraduate coursework and provides top performing students with the support, network and opportunities they require to raise their profiles and further their career paths.

There were a record number of submissions in the 2016 programme, totalling a massive 5,514 papers from undergraduates in 244 institutions and 121 nationalities. The Global Winner is the highest-performing paper within its category and the Regional Winners are the highest-performing Highly Commended papers from their region within a category. The seven regions of the UA 2016 programme are: the Island of Ireland, Europe, USA & Canada, Latin America, Oceania, Asia, Africa & the Middle East.

First published: 27 September 2016