Ashfords LLP Marine Prize and Scholarship

Leading law firm, Ashfords LLP, is delighted to sponsor the Ashfords' Marine Prize at the University of Plymouth. 

The prize is open to University of Plymouth students whose final year research project is within the marine sector and is of relevance to UN Sustainable Development Goal 14 (Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources). Projects also need to demonstrate a tangible impact or benefit to Plymouth and or other coastal regions.

“I’m delighted that we are able to partner with Ashfords to launch the Ashfords Marine Prize at the University of Plymouth. This is an area where the University and indeed, Plymouth in general are amongst the best in the world. We are rightly proud of the work our students do in this field and it is encouraging to have a local firm supporting and encouraging them in this way.” Professor Kevin Jones

The prize

Ashfords LLP has generously committed a £2,000 donation which will be divided between four students – a winner, runner up, and two honourable mentions.

Staff from Ashfords will be invited to join a Prize Panel alongside nominated business and faculty contacts, meeting students and learning about their work (NB this will be a virtual meeting). The winner of the Ashfords Marine Prize will be announced at the graduation ceremony.

The prize is open to current undergraduate students whose final year research project relates to the marine sector.

Applications should be completed and returned to marineinstitute@plymouth.ac.uk by the deadline below.

Deadline for submissions: undergraduate students Thursday 7 May 2020, supporting statements from academic advisors 15 May 2020.

Ashfords LLP prizewinners celebrate at graduation

Ashfords LLP support of the University of Plymouth’s Marine Prize has been recognised at this year’s graduation celebrations on Plymouth Hoe.

The Ashfords Prize, awarded to final year University of Plymouth students has been led by Professor Richard Thompson, OBE, and Director of the University’s Marine Institute. He said of the prize,

“This is the first year of the Ashford’s Marine Prize and we have been very pleased with the quality of applications from final year students across the Marine Institute. By focusing on one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals – to Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources, we are founding this project firmly on environmental research here in Plymouth.”

The prize-winner Jemima Dimbleby’s, project examined The Effect of Outplant Depth on the Survival and Growth of Acropora cervicornis Fragments for the Purposes of Coral Restoration in Northern Haiti. This work will provide vital information for the local managers into where best to transplant corals in an attempt to regenerate reef systems that have been lost to a range of local and global pressures. 

Professor Thompson went on to say, “The University of Plymouth has an excellent reputation for its research and teaching across the marine sector. Our students are a key part of that with many of our undergraduate and masters students getting their research published in the peer-reviewed literature. Winning such a prize is a fantastic way to start your career – well done to all.”

Thanks to Ashfords LLP for their support of this prize and the acknowledgement of outstanding achievement it brings to our students.

2019 prizewinners

  • 1st Prize: Jemima Dimbleby
  • 2nd Prize: Emma Joanne Shaw
  • Honourable Mention: Lani Crocker
  • Honourable Mention: Liam McCabe

Scholarship

Scholarships for postgraduate marine related courses at the University of Plymouth 

The Marine Institute has secured funding to support two scholarships to enable current final-year undergraduate students to continue their education at the University via a marine related postgraduate masters level course. 

This scheme has been made possible via a generous donation from Ashfords Solicitors with a key aim of helping to retain talented students in the region. Two scholarships each of £2000 are available for students who are offered a place on one of our marine related postgraduate masters level courses starting in September 2020. 

To be eligible you must:

  • Be in the final year of study on an undergraduate course at the University of Plymouth
  • At the time of submitting your application for the Scholarship have already applied for a marine related postgraduate masters level course at the University of Plymouth commencing in September 2020 (list below)
  • Submit an application to Katie Pritchard (K.Pritchard@plymouth.ac.uk ) at the Marine Institute no later than 12 noon on 15 May. 

Applicants will be judged primarily on the basis of their undergraduate academic performance. Shortlisting will consider a personal statement indicating why you wish to take the postgraduate course you have selected and how this choice fits with your longer term career or personal objectives. 

It is a precondition of the award that successful applicants will conduct a marine themed dissertation as part of their studies. 

For more information on marine related study at the University of Plymouth please visit our website

How to apply

Submit an application to Katie Pritchard (K.Pritchard@plymouth.ac.uk ) at the Marine Institute no later than 12 noon on 15 May.

Please include:

  • your full name
  • student number
  • current undergraduate course of study
  • chosen masters level course
  • personal statement - please indicate in no more than 300 words why you wish to take the postgraduate course you have selected and how this choice fits in to your longer term career or personal objectives.

Marine-themed courses at the University of Plymouth