CIOL Awards

CIOL’s annual awards celebrate the importance of language and cultural understanding, the value of languages to business and industry and excellence in language learning. 2020 has been a challenging year and has prevented us from holding our awards evening, which normally takes place in November. However we still want to celebrate the great successes and achievements that have continued in spite of the difficult circumstances, and we have interviewed our award winners online instead.

Threlford Memorial Cup

This is a Special Award for fostering the study of languages

2020 Award winner:
BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha


Interview with: Rahul Bhagvat

Special Commendation

Runner up to the Threlford Cup

2020 Award winner:
School of Slavonic & East European Studies, University College London


Interview with: Ramona Gonczol

Nick Bowen Award

Awarded for participation by a young CIOL member in a project supporting international understanding of languages

2020 Award winner: Lucy Makepeace


Interview with: Lucy Makepeace

David Crystal Award

An award given to recognise a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of languages throughout their life and career.

2020 Award winner: Bridget Kendall


Interview with: Bridget Kendall

Diploma in Translation award winners

Best candidate

This award is given to the candidate who produces the best overall performance in any language combination.

2020 Award winner: Madalina Onofras


Interview with: Madalina Onofras

Best English-German candidate

This award is given to the candidate who produces the best performance in the English-German combination.

2020 Award winner: Heike Kurtz


Interview with: Heike Kurtz

Best literature translation

The prize given to the candidate who achieves the highest mark in the DipTrans Literature option in any language combination.

2020 Award winner: Mihail Banica


Interview with: Mihail Banica