Annual Award Recipients. 2015/16


University of London Officer Training Corps

(Value £500)

A monetary prize and cup for Best Cadet of the Year.

Presented by Alderman & Sherriff William Russell

OUCdt Claire Scott.

Having stood out as one of the top quarter in her peer group from the outset of her second year of officer training, Miss Scott was appointed as the Company Under Officer (CUO) for B Coy (2nd year students) at ULOTC in Summer 2015

This is one of the top 5 appointments for Officer Cadets within the unit, and is highly sought after- and a testament of her ability to quickly assimilate new information and become skilled at new tasks and problem -solving

In her role as CUO, Miss Scott was responsible for the coordination of over 110 Officer Cadets.

She was the focal point for the passage of information both upwards (from the OCdts to the Company Staff) and downwards.

Her job required considerable administration skills, attention to detail, and being able to deal with numerous curved balls, with often tight deadlines. She had a team of 3 Junior Under Cadets under her, which she managed effectively.

She was passionate about her role, about serving those she is responsible for, and consistently produced high quality work. She was highly committed, and regularly spent at least an hour a day working on ULOTC matters, in addittion to her demanding Veterinary degree course.

Claire has demonstrated a level of professionalism and maturity far beyond those of her age group. Combined with her easy going extrovert character, this results in her being both liked and respected by her superiors, pers and subordinates


The West Dean College Award for two Students

(Value £500 each)

Mito Matsumaru

Postgraduate Diploma/MA in Conservation of Books and Library Materials

“In 2015 Mito joined the Conservation of Books and Library Materials Programme and from the beginning she has been one of our best students. Mito has exceptional hand skills and a deep understanding of the materials we are working with.

She conducts her studies at a very high academic level and has a background in Science Conservation.

For her MA research she has chosen to evaluate the wide range of recipes and methods for making wheat starch paste - an adhesive used in most paper and book conservation treatments.

Her aim is to provide guidance to the conservation community which factors in the preparation of wheat starch paste contribute to its strength as adhesive.

We have been very happy to find out that Mito will stay in the UK after completing her studies and that she is looking forward to contributing to the profeesional book and paper conservation community"



Sophie Croft

Postgraduate Diploma/MA in Conservation of Ceramics and Related Materials.

"Sophie is an exemplary student, being thoughtful, considerate and committed. As part of the small departmental team Sophie has been happy to share her thoughts and skills with her peer group.

She has participated on successful joint projects, including an assessment and packing project for the National Trust at Knole House in Kent recently, and worked on her own initiative in a positive way. Sophie applies an ethical framework to all the practical and theoretical work that is carried-out and manages her time effectively to meet deadlines.

Sophie is conscientious with an enquiring mind and is building her conservation skills effectively.

An opportunity to extend that experience in practice includes her successful application to attend a 6 week work placement at The Royal Collections Trust in London from January to mid-February 2017.

This will help further develop a professional approach to problem solving and decision-making.

Exposure to potentially new materials and techniques can complement Sophie's studies at West Dean and extend her repertoire to enhance potential routes of entry into the professional domain"




The Company has taken as its emblem this marble head of Mithras of about 180-220 AD. It was discovered during the excavation of the late Roman temple of Mithras just off Queen Victoria Street after the Second World War and is now in the Museum of London.

Mithras was a complex cult figure embodying light, truth and regeneration.

To the Company of Art Scholars this emblem represents the history which lies everywhere beneath the surface of the City of London.