Through a generous donation from Ashfords Solicitors, the Marine Institute is able to offer current undergraduate students the opportunity to be recognised for high quality performance in their final year research project. The Project Prize rewards excellent final year research that is related to the marine sector and is of relevance to UN Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources.

The prize

First prize is £300, second prize is £150.
Winners will be officially announced at the graduation ceremony.
Students can apply to be considered for the prize and will need to request a supporting statement from their supervisor. Applications must be made using the specified form.
Applications should be completed and returned to by the deadline below.
Deadline for submissions: 
  • Undergraduate students Friday 14 June 2024
  • Supporting statements from academic advisors Friday 21 June 2024

Previous winners


  • First prize: Linn Wiberg
  • Second prize: Grace King
  • Honourable mention: Naomi Smith


  • First prize: Verity Baulch
  • Joint second prize: Maizie Edwards and Victoria Smith
  • Honourable mention: Sarah Kunzig


  • First prize: Taylor Norris 
  • Second prize: Linnet Jessell
  • Honourable prize: Hannah Whitman
  • Honourable prize: Alexander Moore


  • First prize: Luka Wright
  • Second prize: Ffion Blundell
  • Honourable mention: Miranda Soskin
  • Honourable mention: Emily Hunt


  • First prize: Jemima Dimbleby
  • Second prize: Emma Joanne Shaw
  • Honourable mention: Lani Crocker
  • Honourable mention: Liam McCabe

Support for marine students from Ashfords

We are very pleased that continuing support from Ashfords has funded prizes for excellent final year research projects relating to UN Sustainable Development Goal 14 – Life Below Water, as well as scholarships to retain talented marine students in Plymouth, and bursaries have now also been added to the opportunities on offer.

Marine-themed courses at the University of Plymouth