In 1982 the University Council agreed to a proposal that money saved by departments as a consequence of its energy conservation programme be passed to the departments involved. The value of the energy saved by the departments located in the Humanities wing of the Arts, Economics and Commerce Building was used to endow this prize.
Awarded to the student who has shown the greatest proficiency in Philosophy 1, provided that the student has not completed a degree from an approved tertiary institution and has not been awarded the Alfred Houston Junior Prize. The prize is to be awarded to a student who reaches at least Distinction level.
This prize rotates on an annual basis between disciplines within the College of Arts, Law and Education.