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The Principal's Medal

The Principal's Medal is an award made to students who have displayed exceptional endeavour and achievement during their time at St Andrews. Each award will carry a value of £2500 in addition to a specially produced medal.

The Principal's Medal is open to any discipline.  In addition to high academic standards the achievements considered could include sporting, musical, charitable or other activities or a combination of some or all of these.

Award process

Nominations are now invited for this year’s award.

Nominations should be made from now on with a closing date of Monday 26 February 2018. Student nominations must be made by a member of University staff. To be eligible for nomination, students must be either in their final year of undergraduate study or be a final year postgraduate student. (Self-nominations will not be accepted).

Further information is available from Dr Fiona Thompson ( the Executive Officer to the Principal’s Office, College Gate. To make a nomination, nominators are required to complete an application form with details of the achievement/endeavor, available at the following link:

Principal's Medal application form (Word, 14 KB)

In addition to the application form, a copy of the student’s CV, a *copy of their academic transcript* and the names of two independent referees should be forwarded either by email to Dr Fiona Thompson ( with the subject ‘The Principal’s Medal’ or by hard copy to College Gate, North Street marked ‘The Principal’s Medal’.

*(UG nominees only)*

Up to three awards are available each year.  It is to be emphasised that the award will be made only if there is a candidate or candidates of exceptional merit.

The selection panel will typically comprise:

  • The Deputy Principal
  • The Proctor & Senior Vice-Principal
  • The Vice-Principal (Research)
  • The President of the Students' Association
  • A Senate Assessor from University Court

Following the closing date, the Executive Officer to the Principal’s Office will contact the referees for the short-listed nominations and request a reference. The winning student (and nominators) will be notified in May.  Applicants may be called for interview if necessary. 

The winner/s will be required to write a short report about themselves and to express their thanks for the award.  This will be sent to the Development Office to pass on to the donors of the award.

The medal will be awarded at an appropriate graduation ceremony.

The winners of the Principal’s Medal in 2016-2017 were:

  • Miss Johanna Ojamae, undergraduate student, Bachelor of Science in Economics & Statistics
  • Ms Lindsey Karmen, undergraduate student, Bachelor of Science in Medicine
  • Miss Maya Beit-Arie, undergraduate student, Master of Arts in Geography & Social Anthropology