The Paddon Award - an arts competition

The Paddon Award was established in memory of two alumni who contributed greatly to fostering collaboration between alumni and students for the benefit of the University. Both were very interested in the arts so an annual prize was set up to encourage participation in some aspect of the arts.

The essence of the Paddon Award is so much more than a cash prize. It’s the development of a mutually rewarding relationship between students and alumni combined with the arts. We hope the connections made, through creativity, during the Paddon Award will lead to inspiration and opportunity for all those involved.

2013 Theme: Sustainability: Imagining the Future


  • Film - max of 5 minutes
  • Prose - poem or short story, max 1000 words
  • Musical composition - an original piece of music, max 5 minutes
  • Visual arts - a painting, illustration, sculpture, print or photograph

1st - £250 cash and the opportunity to have further one-to-one session with the judge of your choice at a later date
2nd - £100 cash
3rd - £50 cash


George Stiles (BA Music) - Award winning composer of musicals for stage and screen, and University of Exeter alumnus.

Neil Canning (Hon DLitt) - Contemporary British artist and University of Exeter Honorary Graduate.

Ginny Baily (PhD English) - Award winning author, editor of Riptide and University of Exeter alumna.

More judges are being confirmed as we speak, watch this space.

To register your interest in participating in the Paddon Award 2013, please email Katie Swan, College of Humanities Alumni Officer, on as soon as possible

Deadline for entries:  5pm Monday 18th February 2013

Eligibility:  The Paddon Award is open to all current students and staff members as well as alumni who are not working in the professional arts.

Paddon Award 2013 Competition Rules are available for download.

All entrants must be available to perform or display their entry at the final judging event which will be held on the Streatham campus on Monday 11th March, 2013 at 5pm.