The Sidney prize is awarded annually to an outstanding student from within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Sydney. The Prize is supported by a bequest from the Lucy Firth Foundation and is based on academic merit. The award is made on the recommendation of the Department Chair or his nominated delegate and reflects the academic standards expected in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
Background – This prize is established to encourage the highest level of performance in European Studies units of study in the second or third year of the Bachelor of Arts degree, in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, at the University of Sydney. The Prize is awarded based on a candidate’s overall academic record, with particular emphasis placed on the contribution of the student to the departmental assessment process.
Eligibility – To be eligible for this Prize, the student must have completed their second and/or third year units of study in the Major, European Studies, in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University Of Sydney. They must also have been enrolled full time and be able to confirm their academic registration for the following year of the degree.
Selection – The Prize is awarded to the candidate whose submission best demonstrates a deep and sustained engagement with European Studies, and is judged on their ability to engage with and reflect the key themes of the departmental assessment process. This may be through a broad range of approaches, including a focus on the development and implementation of critical reflection or a specific topic area.
Value – This prize is awarded to the candidate whose submission best exhibits high levels of critical analysis, demonstrating a deep understanding and appreciation of the complexities of European History. This can include a focus on a particular region, theme or period, or on the role of the European Union in the global context.
Integrity – This prize is awarded to the candidate who demonstrates an integrity of thought, which encompasses respect for other perspectives and a desire to seek truth through reason and experimentation. This can be achieved by examining a particular issue from multiple points of view, using an array of methods, and presenting evidence in support of an alternative viewpoint.
Sidney Prize is a great way to recognise an individual or group for their efforts in promoting peace, human rights and non-violence. The Prize is open to anyone who has made a significant contribution to the promotion of these values globally, and who can be considered to have a positive impact on society.
The Prize is a fantastic opportunity to showcase your talents and build a profile with the world of publishing and journalism, as well as the community of European Studies students. The winner of this Prize receives a $5000 cash prize, and the two runners-up will each be awarded $750.
The Sidney Prize has been awarded to an exceptional individual or organisation every year since 2006. It is now in its fifth year, and has recognised many individuals and organisations who have devoted their lives to bringing about positive change worldwide.