The Founders Prize

The Class of 1962 – 65, our very first education students and our first alumni, marked the University’s 50th anniversary in 2012 by generously donating a student prize.

Awarded annually, the prize is awarded to a student from the Faculty of Education in recognition of an original published article.

“We wanted to give something back to the University and to recognise our contribution as founder students. We also wanted to thank the University for their generosity in awarding us Honorary Degrees during the Golden Jubilee year.” Lorna Daymond, co-ordinator of the prize.

This year’s recipients of the prize are EdD students Charlotte Cooper and Fiona Yardley (pictured here with Lorna Daymond, Founding member), who have jointly authored a chapter called ‘Supporting your beginning teacher’ in a publication called ‘Mentoring Mathematics Teachers in the secondary school’, published by Routledge. Charlotte is a current Canterbury Christ Church University student and Fiona has just completed a successful viva. Their work considered the important and challenging task of how mentors can support new teachers of maths from their wellbeing to their understanding of mathematics as a discipline. 

“We feel honoured to receive this prize as recognition of just one aspect of our ongoing work to bring new teachers into the profession. It is a privilege to be able to continue the vision of our founding students in developing excellence in teaching across the region, country and internationally.”

They both receive a book of their choice, as well as a cash prize.

Read more about previous winners here