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Now open: The Dukes Essay Prize Competition

The Essay Prize is open to all students in Years 11 and 12. It is inspired by the famous entrance test for All Souls College, Oxford, where students write an essay in response to a single word, from the perspective of a specific academic subject.

The Prize rewards creativity, lateral approaches, and engagement with a subject beyond the curriculum. It is a fantastic opportunity to practice university-style assignments, and a prize is a great achievement to discuss on a personal statement.

The titles students can choose from this year are:

  • Transformational

  • Reliability

  • Antiquity

  • Perspective

  • Nuance

  • Cell

Students should pick one word as the title of their essay. They can then explore the title from the perspective of one or more academic subjects.

How it works:

1. Choose a title from the seven options above

2. Write an essay of up to 1,500 words on that title

3. Submit by 4pm, 1st June 2022

Only one essay per student is permitted

Prizes to Win:

1st Place: £500

2nd Place: £200

3rd Place: £100

The winners and all shortlisted essays will be published on the Dukes Education website.

If you have any other questions, you can always email us at

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