This prize has been established to honour the memory of Professor Iain Wright (1944 - 2006), Professor of English from 1991-2006. The Iain Wright Prize is awarded for English to a student enrolled in the ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences.
The prize is specifically awarded to students excelling in First-Year English, to acknowledge and honour Professor Wright's enormous contribution and dedication to teaching students, despite holding the position of Chair of English at ANU. During his 15 years at ANU, Professor Wright held numerous senior posts including staff representative on council, Head of English, Head of the School of Humanities and Deputy Dean of Arts.
As Dr Simon Haines of the School of Humanities said of Professor Wright in 2006: "His research and intellectual interests were diverse and wide-ranging, from the contemporary literary-cultural theorist Edward Said to the Welsh physician, playwright and musician, Matthew Gwinne, whose life Iain recently wrote for the New Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: or from Forster, on whom he wrote an as-yet unpublished book-length study, to philosophical hermeneutics, a recent school of literary theory in which his is a respected name. But it was as a teacher that Iain made his greatest contribution to the life of the University. As a lecturer, a tutor and a PhD supervisor his enthusiasm, generosity, range of reference and use of new multi-media techniques, as well as his warmth and his occasionally wicked sense of humour, left an unforgettable impression on a generation of students."
For more information on Ian Wright, please read the obituary published in The Cambridge Australia Trust 2007 Newsletter (http://www.cambridgeaustralia.org.au/portals/0/nl07.pdf )