Geddes Student Journalism Prizes

Student journalists across the University of Oxford are encouraged to apply for the annual Philip Geddes, Ronnie Payne and Clive Taylor awards. Previous Geddes Prize winners include many talented journalists now working for The Economist, The Times, The Guardian, the Daily Express, Reuters, BBC radio and television and ITN. The awards are made by the Geddes Trust and St Edmund Hall on the condition that the prize money must be used for a media project or for expenses needed to support an internship in the media.


Philip Geddes Memorial Prize – this prize of £2500 is open to undergraduate members of Oxford University in their second, third or fourth years, and is awarded to the most promising student journalist. The prize is given in memory of Philip Geddes, a former student at St Edmund Hall and a promising young journalist, who was killed in the IRA bombing of Harrods in 1983.

Clive Taylor Prize – a £2000 prize is awarded to a student journalist (open to all current Oxford postgraduates or undergraduates regardless of year of study) who specialises in sports writing. The prize is given in memory of Clive Taylor, the distinguished cricket writer.

Ronnie Payne Prize for Foreign Reporting – this prize of £2000 is open to undergraduates of the University in their second, third or fourth year who have already participated in student journalism and hope to make their career in journalism. Applicants for the Ronnie Payne Prize are required to put forward a proposal for a journalistic project which will take them abroad, that project being funded or part-funded by the prize money. Established by his widow, Celia Haddon, the prize honours the work of the acclaimed foreign correspondent and war reporter, Ronnie Payne, who became, over the course of a long and distinguished career, a much-respected expert on espionage and terrorism.

How to Apply

The deadline for applications is usually the middle of Hilary term (February); and full details and entry instructions are released every year on the St Edmund Hall and Geddes Trust websites when the competition opens (usually November or December). Candidates are asked to submit the following:

  1. a minimum of three and a maximum of six pieces of journalistic work completed whilst at the University. The articles should have original headlines, byline, name of publication, date published and a web link attached.
  2. an outline (maximum 500 words) of a specific journalistic project upon which the applicant proposes to spend the award.

Eligible students may enter one, two, or all three of the prizes, using the same work samples should they wish, or additional samples as relevant to each prize (for example, an entrant may submit up to six general articles to apply for the Geddes Prize and a further six for the Clive Taylor Prize, or just six articles to apply for both).

The Geddes Lecture

St Edmund Hall and the Geddes Trust organise an annual journalism lecture, which offers student journalists the chance to meet prominent figures in the media world, and to hear their views on the state of journalism today. The lectures are free and also open to the public. Recent speakers have included Laura Kuenssberg (BBC), Ian Hislop (Private Eye), Anushka Asthana (The Guardian), Lyse Doucet (BBC) and Evan Davies (BBC).

Launch Video

Video of Ian Hislop in conversation with Helen Lewis, for the 2017 Geddes Lecture

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