Newnham College Essay Prizes open for submissions from Year 12 girls

A group of essay prize-winners at Newnham

Female sixth-form students are invited to explore university-level themes in our annual Newnham College Essay Prizes – to be in with the chance of winning £400.

Prizes are available in Architecture, Engineering, History, Modern and Medieval Languages, Philosophy, Biological Sciences, and Physical Sciences.

The Woolf Essay Prize, which features questions inspired by Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own, is also now open for submissions.

Woolf based the seminal text on a series of lectures she gave at Newnham in 1928.

Each category has a prize of £400 for first place, £200 for second place, and £100 for third place. The prizes will be presented at a special ceremony at Newnham in June 2017.

The essay prizes are open to girls in Year 12, and up to five entries may be submitted per school per subject. Students may only enter one competition each.

The competition is designed to give students the opportunity to think and work at a university level and develop their independent research and writing skills.

Through exposure to the type of work they might be expected to do at Cambridge, we hope high-flying students will be encouraged to consider applying to Newnham, where women’s educational excellence is central to everything we do.

The deadline for all entries is noon on Friday, March 3 2017.

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