Overview of Student Awards for Academic Year 2011-12

Overview of Student Awards for Academic Year 2011-12
Dr. Angus D. Munro (Vice-President for Academic Affairs)

Every term, we recognise the best of our undergraduate students, provided that they have done the minimum number of courses during that term: those who have scored an ‘A’ overall are nominated to the Vice-President’s List, whilst those who have scored a ‘B+’ overall are nominated to the Dean’s List.


At the end of each Academic Year, we also recognise the best of our undergraduate students, provided that they have done at least 13 courses during that year: those who have scored an ‘A’ overall are nominated to the Chancellor’s List, whilst those who have scored a ‘B+’ overall are nominated to the President’s List.


A total of 242 students were recognised for good academic performance: in Academic Year 2011-12 the listing at the end of this Bulletin (pp. 35 - 39) identifies those worthy individuals and their performance each term and over the year as a whole. This will be recorded in their academic transcripts. The students are to be congratulated on their hard work; it is hoped that this will encourage them to continue to do so, and other students to try harder in order to also earn this distinction in later terms..


Table 1 indicates that, as in previous years (Munro, 2011a,), there were markedly more high-performing students in Term III, despite there being an overall decline in the total undergraduate population as a result of senior students (mainly in the Colleges of Arts & Humanities and Management) graduating. This is consistent with the hypothesis that this reflects the fact that students studying at another university have more time during the third term due to fewer competing demands on their time.

 

There has been a progressive drop in the proportion of female students in the Colleges of Education and Law (Table 2) compared with previous years (Munro, 2011b, c). Nevertheless, Table 1 also indicates the proportion of female high-performing students each term and overall. It is notable that there were proportionately more of these, compared with the general student population (Table 2), in the Colleges of Arts & Humanities and Science & Technology; the same applied for Law, for all but Term III.


Table 3 indicates that most students received an award in only one term. For most Colleges, where a student received two awards, this was typically for Terms II and III. For the year-end President’s Award, there was considerable variability in whether the awardees had also been recognised during the preceding three terms (Table 4).


Regarding the overall results, female students tended to be proportionately more represented amongst those receiving the President’s Award. Overall, the College of Management had the most students, followed by Social Sciences (Table 1): whilst Management has retained its first ranking compared to previous years, the second place has been ceded by Arts & Humanities, although about the same total number of students were recognised (Munro, 2011d).

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