(Photograph/interview opportunity)

3rd November 2006


An award encouraging students to think about the consequences of their actions on themselves and other people is being launched at the University of Lincoln by the acclaimed author, newspaper columnist and commentator Professor Anthony C. Grayling.

Along with Salve Regina University in Rhode Island, USA, the university has been chosen to launch the Munton Medallion, a special award to promote personal ethics.

As well as the beautifully designed medallion the winning student will also receive a cheque for £1,000 and a visit to the partner university. The University of Lincoln will also present a cheque for £150 to each of its short-listed candidates.

At the launch on Monday 6th November students will be invited to submit a piece of work on a subject determined by the awards’ founders; this year’s title is ‘My understanding of personal ethics and what it means in my life’.


Three pieces from each university will be short-listed. The medallion will be awarded to the submission which, in the judges’ view, most convincingly explores its author’s response to a specific ethical issue of particular personal significance.


The launch of the Munton Medallion will be commemorated with an inaugural lecture by Professor Grayling in the Jackson Lecture Theatre on Monday 6th November at 6.30pm, with drinks, buffet and discussion to follow in the Atrium.


The talk is open to all undergraduates and will give interested students the opportunity to engage with the issues and principles for which the gift will be given.


To attend the event or to arrange photograph opportunities and interviews please call Kate Strawson or Jez Ashberry at Shooting Star PR on (01522) 837294/5.


Notes to editors

Anthony Grayling MA, DPhil (Oxon) FRSA is Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London, and a Supernumary Fellow of St Anne's College.


The Munton Medallion founders have offered the opportunity initially to two universities, the University of Lincoln in England and Salve Regina University in Rhode Island, USA, to sponsor and organise an open competition among their respective undergraduates for the award of the gift. The founders hope to extend participation in the medallion to other universities, both here and in the US in the future.


The gift comprises the medallion itself, a scroll of recognition, a personal cheque in the sum of £1,000 and a visit to the participating university.


The opportunity to receive the medallion will be available annually, initially for five years, and is open to all undergraduates, irrespective of discipline or level, in the participating universities. There will be one recipient a year only.


For further information about the Munton Medallion go to:




Contact: Kate Strawson          Tel: 01522 837295                           [uni14munton]