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The Hartley Prize

This prize is awarded annually to the Faculty of Arts commencing student with the highest overall ATAR score.


In 1896, £600 was raised by public subscription and paid to the University to establish a Studentship in memory of the late John Anderson Hartley, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Adelaide, and Inspector-General of Schools.

The University decided in recognition of Hartley's services to the University from its foundation until his lamented death in 1896, to supplement the income from the said sum so as to provide for the Studentship. This is an endowed prize with the capital held in the University's Endowment Fund and the income distribution each year used to fund the prize.


  1. The prize will be known as 'The Harley Prize'
  2. The annual value of the prize is $1,000.00 paid directly to the student, or such other amount as the University shall from time to time determine provided that the value of the prize does not exceed the annual distribution of interest available from the Endowment Fund.
  3. One prize will be awarded annually by the University after the semester one census date (usually 31 March), to the commencing student with the highest overall ATAR score (or equivalent) who has accepted a place in any degree in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Adelaide.
  4. If there is more than one candidate of equal merit, then the prize will be shared.
  5. If there is no candidate of sufficient merit in a given year then the prize will not be awarded in that year and the money may be used in subsequent years.
  6. The prize will not be awarded where:
    1. a student has provided false or misleading information with regard to their personal details
    2. a student is guilty of serious misconduct in terms of the University Policy Rules for Student Conduct in the University.
  7. The University may vary the rules from time to time in a manner consistent with the University's legal obligations and policies.
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