The Antony Fletcher Innovation Fund was set up using money provided by Antony Fetcher, who was a member of the College from 1949 to 1952. The Prize is awarded annually to a student who has demonstrated innovation or intends to do so. Previous awards have been made for:

  • 2005: establishing the English Secondary Students' Association, an equivalent of the NUS for sixth form students
  • leading an Oxford University Expedition to the state of Pará, Brazil
  • In recognition of a sculpture being accepted for exhibition by the National Gallery. 

Any entry should meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • an activity or proposal that brings credit or adds distinction to the College or to the University, or draws useful attention to either of them
  • an activity or proposal that draws attention to an area which has received insufficient notice
  • an activity or proposal that is unusual or amusing as well as significant, or which adds to the quality of life
  • academic and sporting activities and achievements which might otherwise be recognized shall not qualify for an award.

Who can enter?

All Jesus College undergraduates and graduates are eligible to enter. Applications may be prospective (to assist with the innovation) or retrospective (to recognize the innovation).

How many prizes are there?

Usually one in each year. If no entry is of sufficient merit, the judges will recommend that no prize is awarded. The prize winner should submit a report to the Academic Director (at a time determined by the award committee). If a satisfactory report is not submitted, the award shall be repaid in full.

How much is the Antony Fletcher Award for Innovation worth?

The prize is worth £600.

How do I enter?

Applications should be written in the third person and not normally exceed 300 words. They should be submitted in an envelope clearly labelled with the name of the prize to the Academic Director by Friday of 4th Week of Hilary Term. Applicants should sign their application and include their name, year, course and contact details.

Dr Alexandra Lumbers
Academic Director