***Extended Deadline till Friday 13th January 2017***

2015 WINNERS: Jack Emmerson, Wakefield Memorial Award winner; Alice McNeal winner; Catherine Hinds runner up

2015 WINNERS: Jack Emmerson, Wakefield Memorial Award winner; Alice McNeal winner; Catherine Hinds runner up

In the UK, the marine and coastal environment plays an important role in our daily lives in many ways: help to regulate our climate, source of food, commerce, transport and leisure. The UK also has some of the richest marine ecosystems in the world, including over 8,000 different species and important seabird populations. However, there are still many threats to this natural resource which hinder a healthy future for its habitats and species.

The P1 Marine Foundation National Student Awards is aimed at encouraging and rewarding the next generation who are currently working on projects that help to provide solutions to the threats to our seas and oceans. Conceived and launched by the Foundation in 2011, the National Student Awards reward UK students at all levels of higher education who present outstanding work that will help to protect and conserve the marine environment.

This year the Awards are in partnership with The Crown Estate and supported by the Marine Conservation Society and Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology. Students are now invited to submit projects focused on the conservation and innovative sustainable development of the marine and coastal environment. This year also sees an addition of an exciting new category for Seabed Innovation.

"We’re delighted to be supporting this new category for Seabed Innovation, which will help ensure we continue to unlock the potential of this fantastic natural resource over the long term, from enhancing precious natural habitats and sustainably using our natural resources through to unlocking the potential of offshore energy"
Olivia Thomas, Marine Policy Officer at The Crown Estate


Winner £1000
Runner Up £500
Seabed Innovation £500
MCS Wakefield Memorial Award £500

2015 winner Alice McNeal presenting her project at the Awards

2015 winner Alice McNeal presenting her project at the Awards


- Entrants should be registered as full or part time students at any level within a UK Higher Education Institution (i.e. undergraduate or postgraduate levels including taught courses)
- Can be in any year of the course
- Can enter as an individual or group
- Do not need to be a UK citizen; international students are welcome to apply
- Projects should have been completed this calendar year or be in progress or a proposal with sufficient detail


- Harriet Nicholls, Marine Policy Analyst, The Crown Estate
- Dr Laura Foster, Pollution Programme Manager, Marine Conservation Society
- Dr Trevor Dixon, Marine Pollution Specialist at Advisory Committee of the Protection of the Sea


Winning projects will be selected by the judges using a point system criteria. Entries will be judged on the following:
- Environmental merit
- Originality
- Practicality
- Groundbreaking content


To enter, candidates will need to complete and send the following before the deadline, Friday 13th January 2017:

2016 Application Form

2016 Application Form

1. Application form
2. Letter of recommendation from Heads of Department/Tutor/or equivalent
3. CV

Applications should be sent via email or by post to;
Sabrina Taseer
P1 Marine Foundation
Queen Anne Mansions
86/87 Wimpole Street
E: sabrina@p1marinefoundation.com


If you have any further enquiries please contact Sabrina Taseer on 0207 258 8436 or

For marine conservation jobs and courses see environmentjob.co.uk