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The Music, Film & Theatre Category

Music, Film & Theatre is a new category introduced for the 2017 Programme of the Undergraduate Awards.

Previously, students of MusicDrama, and Film Studies could submit their works to the Media & The Arts category, which later became the Art History, Music, Film & Theatre category. In 2017, it was decided that  Music, Film & Theatre should constitute a category in its own right given its performance-base nature along with the quality and quantity of papers submitted.

The NEW Architecture & Design Category

A jewellery design by Chloe Lewis from University of Dundee. Chloe was the Europe Regional Winner of Visual Arts and Design, 2016

Where Are They Now Wednesday: Katie Hill's work with Children's Hospices

Katie Hill from Trinity College Dublin was the winner of the Nursing & Midwifery category all the way back in 2011 for a paper entitled "Paediatric Palliative Care in Ireland."

Since then she's been doing some amazing work!

"After winning in 2011, my passion for children’s palliative care has blossomed. The whole Undergraduate Awards experience was brilliant and allowed me to connect with so many inspiring people.

Where Are They Now Wednesday: Rebecca Watts and Solar Energy!

Rebecca Watts from Australian National University was the Oceania Regional Winner of the Engineering category in 2016 for her paper: "The design and implementation of Solar Home Systems in rural Cambodia"
She's been doing some amazing work!
Rebecca Watts at the UA Global Summit 2016

The Mathematics & Physics Category

Mathematics and Physics have been judged together as a single category at The Undergraduate Awards since 2012. Over the course of the past five years, we have received over 500 papers exploring all aspects of these disciplines, including astrophysics, geophysics and theoretical physics.

Where Are They Now Wednesday: Joanna Batsakis' Jewellery and Journals!

Joanna Elena Batsakis from Monash University was the 2016 Oceania Regional Winner for Art History, Music, Film & Theatre for her paper:

“YO MOOKIE! STAY BLACK!” – A comparison in the cinematic realism and fantasy of Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing and Miguel Gomes’ Tabu

Let's see what she's been up to since!


This year I will begin my PhD degree in Cinema Studies, in Melbourne, Australia. My thesis will analyse the directorial works of my favourite artist, Dennis Hopper. My writing is different in the film academic field because I combine two disciplines - film theory along with visual art theory - allowing for a network of theoretical frameworks to inform each other in my analysis.

My PhD will analyse how Hopper documented the creative, political and social tensions within particular sub and minority cultures across the globe as a photographer, where he then used and translated his photographic studies into cinematic projects either during his time as a director or as an actor. Hardly any academic research has been published in regards to Hopper’s cinema works, and I hope to draw attention to this important area of study.

Outside of academic writing, I am also a jewellery designer. I create under my own label, ‘mitchumvsbogart jewellery' (named after Robert Mitchum and Humphrey Bogart). My designs are a mixed-media approach to costume jewellery. Each piece is for the most part, inspired by cinema in some way - but some of my pieces are more personal, for example, inspired by the works of my favourite painter Julian Schnabel, or by figures of history such as Cleopatra and Mark Antony, or other surrealist designers I aspire to be like, such as Delfina Delettrez.

In March 2017, the Australian film journal Senses of Cinema published two articles of mine. The first is a ‘Great Directors’ paper I wrote about Dennis Hopper, which introduces and analyses his 6 directorial works for anyone to read. The second is an annotation about Robert Mitchum titled ‘The Philosophy of Mitchum: Fatal Poet’. Finally, I am writing a chapter for an upcoming edited book Screening Scarlett Johansson. My chapter ‘La Bella Figura: Scarlett Johansson’s performance as an Italian cultural icon’, will discuss Johansson’s work with in relation to Sofia Coppola, Federico Fellini and Martin Scorsese."

Chair position extended to 4 years

The Undergraduate Awards accepts coursework into 25 umbrella categories which you can see here.

Where Are They Now Wednesday: Susanne Wawra

Susanne Wawra from the National College of Art & Design, Ireland was Highly Commended in 2016 in the Visual Arts & Design category for her work entitled

"Memento" - A Series of Mixed Media Paintings"

Susanne was one of four artists featured in the Irish Times' list of "50 people to watch in 2017"

The Medical Sciences Category

We developed our Medical Sciences Category to incorporate other health disciplines, such as dentistry and veterinary science, alongside Medicine and Medical Science. It has proven to be a popular category, receiving well over a thousand research papers since 2012.

The Nursing, Midwifery & Allied Healthcare Category

The Nursing & Midwifery category has been with us since 2010, and has received nearly 650 entries since The Undergraduate Awards was launched globally in 2012. This year, however, we have broadened it to include the disciplines of Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, and other disciplines focussing on applied care.