Congratulations to Mia  in Year 12 who was named winner of the 2019 New College of the Humanities London Essay Competition (Politics) for her essay about increasing voter turnout at elections.

Held in Bedford Square Gardens, the award ceremony was hosted by Professor A C Grayling, Master of the College, alongside the College’s academic faculty and students.150 highly commended high school essay writers and their guests enjoyed being VIPs at our red carpet event and had their pictures taken by our NCH paparazzi.

Prizes were awarded in all the seven major subjects taught at undergraduate level at the College. In each category, the First prize was £1,000, the first runner-up was £500, the second runner-up was £250, and a third runner up was awarded a £40 voucher. Everyone who was highly commended received a £20 voucher.

Professor Grayling said, “The College received 3,600 entries into this year’s essay competition, and 150 students were shortlisted and invited to this award ceremony. To be in the top 4% of essayists is exceptional. Every individual who has been shortlisted deserves to be very proud of their academic achievement.”

Now in its third year, the NCH London Essay Competition was founded to inspire and encourage students from around the world who are in their penultimate year of secondary education and have a passion for the humanities and social sciences, to pursue their interest in these subjects and to further develop their critical thinking and writing skills.

Chaired by Professor Grayling, former Man Booker Prize Chair of Judges, the judging panel comprised academic members of each subject faculty and high-performing third-year undergraduate students.

Congratulations to Mia on this award.