Student Prizes

BAS organises two annual student prizes. The British Aphasiology Society currently invites entries for its annual Student Project Prize and Student Essay/Case Report Prize. The closing date for both prizes will be Friday, 23rd July 2021. Submissions can only be accepted in electronic format and should be sent to Please find information and previous winners for these BAS prizes below.


The BAS Student Essay/Case Report Prize:

£150 will be awarded for the best essay or case report on any topic relating to acquired aphasia. Entrants should be undergraduate or postgraduate students (Masters level). The prize will be divided on the basis of £100 to the winning student and £50 to his/her educational establishment. Please find rules and application form HERE (and then check your downloads folder).

2020 Winners
Project Prize (Winner) - Jacqui Hill, University of Reading, project entitled: "The association between lesions to the thalamus and caudate nucleus and neologisms in continuous speech" (Supervisor: Dr Holly Robson)
Project Prize Highly Commended Runner-up - Malin von Knorring, City, University of London, project entitled: "Using assistive technology to support the reading of people with aphasia" (Supervisors: Prof Jane Marshall & Dr Celia Woolf).
Essay Prize - Wivi Taalas, essay entitled: "Discuss the role played by the reorganisation of language function in the recovery of language following left hemisphere brain damage. Critically evaluate one therapy programme that has been designed to promote reorganisation of language to areas of the brain that can assume lost function" (Tutor: Dr Carolyn Bruce).

2018/2019 Winners
Project Prize - Leo Morgan from University College London for his project entitled “Does atypical language lateralization in left-handed stroke patients explain unexpected aphasia outcomes?” (supervisor: Prof. Cathy Price).
Project Prize (2018) - Luisa Zenobi-Bird from University College London for her project entitled: "The impact of background noise on speech output in people with aphasia." (supervisors: Carolyn Bruce and Caroline Newton).
Essay Prize - Kerri Ichikowitz, also from University College London, for her essay applying a theoretical model of reading comprehension to a particular client case (tutor: Dr Carolyn Bruce). 

2017/2018 Winners
1st prizeClarissa Sorger, UCL, “MOR requires the client to read texts aloud. How successfully does this approach improve text level reading comprehension? What other types of therapy could be considered for people with aphasia who have text level reading comprehension difficulties?”.
Commendation: Nicolina Hansard, ULC, “Case-report: Mr P”.

2016/2017 Winner: Hariet Buggey from University of Sheffield, for her essay ‘Discuss the factors that should be considered in selecting appropriate intervention for people with aphasia, with reference to anomia therapy’.

2015/2016 Winner: Antje Wessels from UCL, supervised by Carolyn Bruce for her essay entitled ‘Recovery from aphasia is a function of many interacting factors’.

2014/2015 Winner: Fiona Robinson from University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, supervised by Janet Scott for her essay entitled ‘Is there sufficient evidence to support the relationship between executive functioning and the functional use of AAC for people with aphasia? Examining the research evidence.’

2012/2013 Winner: Chloe Beech from Sheffield University, supervised by Ruth Herbert: “Discuss the methods by which speech and language therapists might assess outcomes from therapy in accordance with the ICF framework with reference to clients with lexical retrieval difficulties in aphasia”.

2011/12 Winner: Elizabeth Anderson from Sheffield University, supervised by Ruth Herbert: ‘Auditory processing in aphasia: theory and data’

2010/11 Winner: Laura Affleck from the University of Strathclyde, supervised by Catherine MacKenzie: ‘Apraxia of Speech: Diagnostic Issues’

2008/9 Winner: Joanne Macleod (Strathclyde University) ‘The wider benefits of impairment based interventions for word retrieval difficulties in aphasia: a discussion of generalisation.’

2006/7 Winner: Lauren Haugh (University of Strathclyde) ‘Exploring the counsel explanations of right hemisphere pragmatic language difficulties.’

2005/6 Winner: Laura Harvey (University of Strathclyde) ‘Aphasia and employment reintergration.’

2003/4 Winner: Shalva Abel (University of Manchester) ‘People with aphasia can be given therapy using an impairment-based approach or a functional-communication approach. Define, compare and evaluate the two approaches and describe how each approach can improve a person’s quality of life.’


The BAS Student Project Prize:

£300 will be awarded for the best student project on any topic relating to acquired aphasia. The prize will be divided £200 to the winning student and £100 to his/her educational establishment.  The project or dissertation should have been submitted as part of the normal examination procedure in the final year of an undergraduate or postgraduate course (Masters level). Please find rules and application form HERE.

2017/2018 Winners:
1st prize
Sarah Harrison, Newcastle University, “Factors influencing communicative informativeness in aphasia: Investigating the relationship between objective and subjective measures of informativeness”.
Runner-up prize (to be awarded £50) – Samantha Sim Mei Yi, UCL, “Comparison of Language Abilities Measured by Self-rated and Performance scores in Stroke Patients”.

2016/2017 Winner: Jennifer O’Grady, City University, on ‘Semantics, syntax and structure:  A case series analysis of a personalized narrative intervention for chronic aphasia’.  Commendation for project to Nicola Milbourn from UEA: ‘The relevance and potential of an asset-based approach to health for people with aphasia: An exploratory study’.

2015-2016 Winner: Alexandra Hankin, from the University of Reading, supervised by Lotte Meteyard, for her project entitled ‘The Effectiveness of Dialogue Training in Non-fluent Aphasia and Apraxia of Speech: A Case Study’

2014-2015 Winner: James McGoldrick, from UCL, supervised by Carolyn Bruce for his project entitled ‘Assessing the text-level reading skills of adults with aphasia’

2012/2013 Joint winner: Cathy Blair supervised by Anne Edmundson (UCL) “Investigating semantic impairments in people with aphasia using mouse-tracking technology: the effect of semantic distractors in a single word comprehension task”

2012-2013 Joint winner: Alison Milne supervised by Carol Sacchett (UCL) “A study to investigate the influence of familiar and unfamiliar communication partners on the effectiveness and efficiency of message transaction using total communication with a person with aphasia”.

2011/12 Winner: Belen Lopez from University College London, supervised by Anne Edmunson & Carolyn Bruce: ‘Investigating the effects of social interaction and intellectual activities on cognitive functioning in people with aphasia’

2010/11 Winner: Helen Davy from University College London supervised by Carolyn Bruce and Caroline Newton: ‘Getting into shape: The effect of Shape Coding on the spoken language production of a man with chronic aphasia’

2009/10 Winner: Justine Green (University College London) ‘The effect of unfamiliar accent on immediate story recall in adults with aphasia.’

2009/10 Runner Up: Catherine Tattersall (University of Sheffield) ‘The effect of phonological blocked cyclical naming on errors made by individuals with aphasia.’

2008/9 Winner: Nicola McGreal (Newcastle University) ‘Fairytales, contemporary narratives and picture sequences: Do they tell us the same things in aphasia?’

2007/8 Winner: Claire Rossiter (University College London) ‘Penguins don’t fly. An investigation into typicality and its effect on naming in aphasia.’

2007/8 Runner Up: Fiona Johnson (University College London) Reconsidering formulaic expressions in aphasia: a conversation analytic case study of usage in interaction.’

2006/7 Winner: Lisa Clarkson (City University) ‘Developing a test of abstract word recognition.’

2004/5 Winner: Eleni Peristeri (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece) ‘Agrammatism in Greek: aspects of production and comprehension.’

2003/4 Winner: Kendall Bright & Linda May (City University) ‘Developing a measure to assess conversation in aphasia: a comparison between aphasic and non aphasic people.’

Guidelines for the student prizes are available from the links above