Paddon Award

Betty Paddon was an Exeter graduate whose name is remembered each year by this special Arts Competition. Betty was keen to foster links between the University and its students, past and present. She and her husband Percy always made Exeter students and graduates welcome at their London home and this arts event is, as you would expect, open to all students and staff, both past and present.

Paddon Award Winners

As well as the prestige of taking part and the enjoyment of performing before an audience, the winners also gain a financial reward from the Betty Paddon Memorial Fund.



The University’s Arts and Culture team is delighted to launch this year’s Paddon Award. The Paddon Award is a cross-arts competition open to students, staff and alumni of the University of Exeter who are not working in the professional arts.

The Paddon Award was established in memory of two alumni of the University of Exeter 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 aspects of the arts.

The theme for entries this year is Transformations and the categories are: visual art, film, prose, and musical composition. Winners will receive a cash prize, and the first prize winner will also be offered the exclusive opportunity to have a further one-to-one mentoring session with the judge of their choice.

Judges invited this year include Thomas Trevor, who is an Honorary Graduate of the University and former Director of the Arnolfini centre for contemporary arts in Bristol, together with award-winning folk singer Jackie Oates, who is an alumna of the University.

Last year’s award inspired 35 staff and students to enter artworks into the competition, from paintings to poems, from films to a hand-felted rug and from songs to stories. The standard of entries was incredibly high, and the Arts and Culture team looks forward to the continuing brilliant quality of entries for this year’s award.

The deadline for entries is 5.00 pm on Monday 16th February 2015 and judging of shortlisted entries will be from 5.00-7.00 pm on 18th March 2015 on the Streatham Campus.

Full competition rules and information about how to submit your entry can be downloaded from the University’s Arts & Culture website.

All entries should be accompanied by an entry form which can be downloaded from the University’s Arts & Culture website,