The Department of English , University of Peradeniya, is the direct heir to the English Department of the Ceylon University College which was situated in Colombo during the first half of the 20th century. The Faculties of Arts and Oriental Studies of the newly created University of Ceylon (1942) ceased to exist in Colombo when they were transferred to Peradeniya in 1952/3. The Department of English in Peradeniya, which was one of the first Departments to be relocated, consequently, is the oldest in the island. E.F.C. Ludowyk, who had joined the staff of University College in 1932 (and was appointed Professor in 1936), was the first Professor of English of the University of Ceylon. He was also the first Dean of Arts in the newly established University in Peradeniya.
Pettah Library Prize for English (instituted in 1926) for Best Results at 100 Level Examination
Leigh Smith memorial Prize (instituted in 1950) for Best Results in English at 100 Level Examination and best results in English at final examination
EFC Ludowyk Memorial Prize (instituted in 1950) for Best Performance in ENG 405: Shakespeare and the Drama of His Time at English (Honours) Final Examination
Prof. Ashley Halpe Scholarship for Best Performance in English