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Philip Johnston Prize

Recognising outstanding postgraduate achievement

Hughes Hall’s Senior Tutor of over a decade, Dr Philip Johnston, will retire at the end of this academic year. Over the past twelve years, Dr Johnston has championed student support and has led many improvements in the college’s welfare provisions that will continue to benefit the student community at Hughes Hall long after his retirement. Key initiatives have included the recruitment of a dedicated college nurse and counsellor and the remarkable expansion of college scholarship funding from zero to £100,000 per year, not to mention the extraordinary efforts from Dr Johnston and his team in response to the pandemic.

Continuing in this spirit, and to mark Dr Johnston’s retirement, the college is welcoming contributions from across the Hughes Hall community to establish a new prize to recognise outstanding achievement among our postgraduate students – the ‘Philip Johnston Prize’. The college has several prizes for undergraduates and for a few other specific courses, but none for its main postgraduate student body. All Hughes Hall prizes are funded by donation and so gifts towards the Philip Johnston Prize will make a direct difference to our postgraduates, whose hard work could not otherwise be recognised in this way by the college.

You can make a donation from anywhere in the world via our Giving Online page and find out more about doubling the impact of new gifts for student support through the Harding Challenge.