Newnham Essay Prizes

The winners of the 2020 Newnham College Essay Prizes have been announced!

We had a record number of entries this year, so well done to everyone who entered, and congratulations to the winners.

 

The questions for the 2021 Essay Prizes will be released in December 2020.

All female students currently in Year 12 at a UK school may enter the prizes, which are offered in Biological Sciences, Classics, Computer Science, Engineering, History, Mathematics, Modern and Medieval Languages, MusicPhilosophy and Psychological and Behavioural Sciences, as well as our annual ‘Woolf Essay Prize’ with questions inspired by Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own.

Each of the Newnham Essay Prizes has a first prize of £400, a second prize of £200 and a third prize of £100.

If you have any questions, please email slo@newn.cam.ac.uk.

The Woolf Essay Prize

Woolf Information And Questions 2020

In 1928, Virginia Woolf addressed the Newnham Arts Society on the Subject of ‘Women and Fiction’, and from this talk emerged her seminal text, A Room of One’s Own. Newnham is very proud of its place in the history of women’s education, and we are delighted in the continuation of the Woolf Essay Prize. A Room of One’s Own raises a number of questions surrounding the place of women in society and culture, and the competition allows students to contemplate these themes and ideas while developing the independent research and writing skills essential to university-level study.

Find out more about studying English Literature at Cambridge University

Meet Shakespeare scholar Dr Bonnie Lander-Johnson

Winners of the Woolf Essay Prize 2020

First Prize: Anna Bayly

Second Prize: Eleanor Clark

Joint Third Prize: Clementine Read

Joint Third Prize: Fiona Zeka

Highly Commended: Lauren Bailey, Liberty Brignall, Isabella Dodd, Edith Gilmour, Sofia Mori, Victoria Paynter, Catalina Taylor

Commended: Charlotte Aspden, Prina Bharadia, Charlotte Dinwiddy, Jess White

 

The Biological Sciences Essay Prize

Biological Sciences Information And Questions 2020

This prize may be of particular interest to those studying Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics but we welcome entries from interested students studying any combination of subjects.

Find out about studying Biological Sciences at Cambridge University.

Meet biologist and Director of Studies Dr Barbara Blacklaw.

Winners of the Biological Sciences Essay Prize 2020

Joint First Prize: Bella Laxton

Joint First Prize: Suzune Mishima

Second Prize: Amy Bowler

Third Prize: Reina Zheng

Commended: Anna Brewer, Sophia Chau, Isha Harris, Noor Khan, Julie Lavollee, Natalia Nieora

 

The Classics Essay Prize

Classics Information And Questions 2020

The Classics Essay Prize is a new addition to our annual essay prizes. It is designed to give students the opportunity to think and write about the literature, history, society and culture of the ancient Mediterranean and the societies of the Roman and Greek worlds, while developing their independent study and writing skills.

Find out about studying Classics at Cambridge University.

Meet Newnham classicist Prof Mary Beard

Meet Director of Studies Dr Carol Atack

Winners of the Classics Essay Prize 2020

First Prize: Polly Shorrock

Joint Second Prize: Susannah Hirst

Joint Second Prize: Anna Peterson

Third Prize: Noelle Nunes

Highly Commended: Viola Alishah, Esme Goodwin, Matilda Jackson-Long, Charlotte Kemp, Megan Latham, Hannah Mawardi, Nia Morris

 

The Computer Science Essay Prize

Computer Science Information And Questions 2020

This prize may be of particular interest to those studying Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, or Chemistry, but we welcome entries from interested students studying any combination of subjects.

Find out about studying Computer Science at Cambridge University.

Meet computer scientist Luana Bulat

Winners of the Computer Science Essay Prize 2020

First Prize: Preya Thaker

Second Prize: Lily George

Third Prize: Tiffany Leung

Highly Commended: Amiruthavallii Karthi Kumar, Nitya Manish Katkoria

Commended: Alina Imykshenova. Emily Roberts

 

The Engineering Essay Prize

Engineering Information And Questions 2020

Newnham is offering an annual prize for a submission on Engineering, intended to encourage students to think creatively about how some of the scientific knowledge gained at school may be applied in later life, in particular in industry, so as to improve matters (the aim of most engineers). The prize also aims to recognise the achievements of high-calibre students and those who teach them, and also to encourage more girls to study Engineering at University.

Find out about studying Engineering at Cambridge University

Meet sustainability engineer Dr Claire Barlow

Meet civil engineer Dr Sakthy Selvakumaran

First Prize: Liberty Tucker

Second Prize: Virginia Lawrence

Third Prize: Alice Barrell

Highly Commended: Joanie Easton, Jessica Folwell, Kate Lucas

Commended: Sophie Hannon, Danielle Senanu

 

The History Essay Prize

History Information And Questions 2020

The Newnham History Essay Prize may be of particular interest to those studying History, Politics, English Literature, Philosophy or Sociology, but we welcome entries from interested students studying any combination of subjects.

Find out about studying History at Cambridge University

Meet historian of science Dr Emma Perkins

Meet archaeologist Dr Emma Pomeroy

Winners of the History Essay Prize 2020

First Prize: Georgina Underwood

Second Prize: Amelia Watmough

Third Prize: Halcyon Matthews

Highly Commended: Antara Singh, Fariya Umer

 

The Philippa Fawcett Mathematics Essay Prize

Philippa Fawcett Mathematics Information And Questions 2020

The Philippa Fawcett Mathematics Essay Prize is a new addition to our annual essay prizes. It is named after the former Newnham student who in 1890 was the first woman to obtain the highest mark of all candidates for the Cambridge Mathematical Tripos.

The prize may be of particular interest to those studying Mathematics, Statistics or Further Mathematics but we welcome entries from interested students studying any combination of subjects.

Find out about studying Maths at Cambridge University

Meet mathematician Dr Maria Ubiali

Winners of the Philippa Fawcett Mathematics Prize 2020

First Prize: Miranda Conn

Second Prize: Kate McGarva

Third Prize: Isabel Greenslade

Highly Commended: Hannah Angress Sparn, Mary-Beth Kogbe, Amelia Ng, Amy Xu

Commended: Jessica Casey, Agata Rigo Saitta, Natalie Shapiro, Anika Suye

 

The Modern and Medieval Languages Essay Prize

Modern And Medieval Languages Information And Questions 2020

This prize may be of particular interest to those currently studying languages, but we welcome entries from interested students studying any combination of subjects.

Find out about studying Languages at Cambridge University

Meet Director of Studies Dr Jenny Mander

Winners of the Modern and Medieval Languages Essay Prize 2020

First Prize: Ursula Gerhard

Second Prize: Scarlett Schutte

Third Prize: Blessing Verrall

Highly Commended: Lynette Huo, Venetia Poultney, Sophie Wrigglesworth

 

The Music Essay Prize

Music Information And Questions 2020

This prize may be of particular interest to those currently studying Music or History, but we welcome entries from interested students studying any combination of subjects.

Find out about studying music at Cambridge University

Meet music historian Dr Delphine Mordey

Find out about music at Newnham

Winners of the Music Essay Prize 2020

First Prize: Mika Curson

Second Prize: Elizabeth Corbett

Third Prize: Eloise Toone

Highly Commended: Medomfo Owusu

 

The Philosophy Essay Prize

Philosophy Information & Questions 2020

The Newnham Philosophy Essay Prize is designed to give students the opportunity to think and write about philosophy and philosophical matters in the broadest sense, while developing their independent study and writing skills. This prize may be of particular interest to those either currently studying, or considering studying, Philosophy, but we welcome entries from interested students studying any combination of subjects.

Find out about studying Philosophy at Newnham

Meet philosopher Dr Rae Langton

Winners of the Philosophy Essay Prize 2020

First Prize: Darcey Snape


The Psychological and Behavioural Sciences Essay Prize

Psychological And Behavioural Sciences Information And Questions 2020

This prize may be of particular interest to those studying Biology, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, or Sociology, but we welcome entries from interested students studying any combination of subjects.

Find out about studying psychology at Cambridge University

Meet psychologist Prof Claire Hughes 

Winners of the Psychological & Behavioural Sciences Essay Prize 2020

First Prize: Cora Harvey Braddick

Second Prize: Ella Jack-kee

Third Prize: Alicia Slack

Highly Commended: Lucy Nunn