Highland Society of London Prize


The Highland Society of London: a charity founded in 1778, whose activities promote and support the traditions and culture of the Highlands of Scotland.

A financial prize of £750 is awarded annually to the student with the undergraduate dissertation of the year in the Humanities and Gaelic subject network, on a Highlands and Islands theme. The winning dissertation is directly related to a social, cultural, environmental or historical aspect of the Highlands and Islands.

There is no application process. Eligible students are nominated by programme leaders in consultation with the subject network leader.

Winners of the Highland Society of London Prize

  • 2023 Robert James
  • 2022 Louise Paget 
  • 2021 Caitlin Crawford
  • 2020 Silja Roethinger
  • 2019 Amanda Dailly & Neil Conway
  • 2018 Riven Peake & Yvonne D'Cruz
  • 2017 Kirstie Ross & Val Ash
  • 2016 Christopher Dacup
  • 2015 Stephen Worth
  • 2014 Janni Diez

Robert James sitting outside with two dogs
"The North Highlands area had a tourist light shone it by the NC500 however there is so much more for the enquiring visitor to learn, explore and enjoy. I very much hope to be able to add to the history, heritage and culture of the region through a forthcoming book that elaborates upon the content and subject matter of my dissertation. The £750 prize from the Highland Society of London will help fund the research for which I am very grateful.”

Robert James, 2023 winner of the Highland Society of London Prize

Highland Society of London logoThe Highland Society of London has a long tradition of supporting scholarship in (and about) the Highlands of Scotland and is delighted to continue awarding prizes to students of the University of the Highlands and Islands. The unique framework and geographical reach of the university provide a perfect platform to encourage participation and reward the excellence of its students, and the Society hopes that these prizes will help support those goals.”

Duncan Byatt, President, Highland Society of London