The Sean Morley Memorial Prize






Sean Morley was a 20 year old History and Politics undergraduate, about to return for his final year at Aberystwyth University.  He was principled and intelligent, with a talent for rugby which saw him play for his university’s first XV, and for Nuneaton RFC. He was described by those who knew him as outstanding, with great wit, natural charm, and an exceptional future ahead of him.

Sean was killed on September 2nd 2012 when he was hit by a car as he made his way home on foot after a night out with friends.

The Sean Morley Memorial Prize is an initiative of the road safety charity AIRSO.  It is open to undergraduates of UK universities and rewards exceptional projects and dissertations which have a road safety theme.The Sean Morley Memorial Prize aims to promote research into road safety – and ultimately road safety itself – by attracting talented graduates to the field. In addition, it is hoped that the prize will provide a mechanism through which those just beginning their careers can bring their ideas to the wider road safety community. Most importantly, however, the Sean Morley Memorial Prize celebrates the life of a remarkable young man, whose needless loss reminds us why continued efforts to make our roads safer are so important.


Entry Criteria

Entry forms are available now, from, or via the Airso secretary

Completed projects must be emailed to no later than midnight on Friday 15th June 2018. Short-listed authors will be notified on Monday 16th July 2018.

The prize is open to any undergraduate project or dissertation which was submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements of an undergraduate degree at any UK university.

  • Entries should have been submitted as coursework to their universities no earlier than 2017, therefore eligibility is limited to 2016/17 and 2017/18 academic years.
  • The prize is open to all students regardless of degree subject, though it is anticipated that it may be of particular relevance to students on transport-related courses.
  • No definition of “road safety” is provided, as the organizers are keen to encourage a wide a range of entries. Students or tutors with queries about the suitability of projects should contact Lucy Rackliff using the contact details above.
  • Where the project is not in the form of a dissertation/thesis, (for example, is a proto­-type product or design scheme) supervisors or students should complete the application form now, & contact the organizers for guidance on what to submit when the project is completed
  • From submitted work, a short-list of at least three projects will be drawn up by a panel of judges.  Short-listed students will be invited to present their work to invited experts and VIP guests at a special event in October 2018. This event is normally at the Palace of Westminster.  Details will be confirmed in due course, but students are required to attend in order to be considered for the award, as presentations on the day form part of the judging process.
  • A certificate will be provided to the authors of all projects entered for the prize.
  • All entrants will receive one year’s free membership of Airso.
  • The winning entry will receive a £300 prize, with a further prize fund of at least £200 being distributed between the other short-listed entries.

An Entry Form for 2018 has been attached here:

Sean Morley Memorial Prize Entry Form 2018