Newnham Essay Prizes

The 2018/19 Essay Prize titles will be released by the end of December.

We are pleased to announce the outcomes of the 2018 Newnham Essay Prizes. The names of the winning entrants can be found below. Congratulations to all who have been awarded a prize or commendation, and well done to all who entered.

You can read the 2018 winning entries for each subject by clicking on the entrant’s name.

All female students currently in Year 12 at a UK school may enter the prizes, which are being offered in Engineering, History, Modern and Medieval Languages, MusicPhilosophy, Biological Sciences and Physical 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. There will be a prize-giving at Newnham College in June 2018.

We welcome entries from interested students studying any combination of subjects. Each competition has a slightly different word limit, so please consult the questions and information sheet for each of the prizes. All essays must reference sources (including websites consulted) and provide a bibliography.

 

Cover Sheet for all Subjects

2018 Hints and Tips Document

The Woolf Essay Prize

Winners of the Woolf Essay Prize 2018

1st Prize: Anjum Ali
Joint 2nd Prize: Kate Granlund
Joint 2nd Prize: Ursula Moncrieff
Joint 3rd Prize: Emma Gasson
Joint 3rd Prize: Lily Middleton-Mansell

Highly Commended: Katie Chambers
Highly Commended: Eleanor Davies
Highly Commended: Yii-Jen Deng
Highly Commended: Jess Dunmore
Highly Commended: Caitlin Farrell
Highly Commended: Kate Greenberg
Highly Commended: Rebecca Searle
Highly Commended: Rebecca Wilding
Highly Commended: Florence Winkley

2018 Questions & Information

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.

This prize may be of particular interest to those studying English Literature, History, Politics, Philosophy or Sociology, but we welcome entries from interested students studying any combination of subjects. Entrants are invited to submit a response to any one of the questions set out in ‘2018 Questions & Information’ above, which should be between 1,500 and 2,500 words (including footnotes and captions). All sources must be appropriately acknowledged and cited, and a bibliography – including websites consulted – should be attached (though excluded from the word count). Up to five entries may be submitted per school.

The winning entries from previous competitions can be found above and may be useful as you decide how to answer your chosen question. However, it is to be noted that there are many angles from which to approach each question and those available here are only a limited sample. Good essays will present a clear argument using specific examples, but outside of this many different approaches are welcome.

 


The Engineering Essay Prize

Winners of the Engineering Essay Prize 2018

1st Prize: Eva Bogomil
2nd Prize: Zhiheng Zhang
Joint 3rd Prize: Anya Burakowski
Joint 3rd Prize: Hannah Knight

Highly Commended: Grace Blackshaw
Highly Commended: Holly Duke
Highly Commended: Xinyu Jiang
Highly Commended: Philippa Knight
Highly Commended: Thiliga Narayanan
Highly Commended: Jessica Smith
Highly Commended: Olivia Strachan
Highly Commended: Jessye Tu
Highly Commended: Charlotte Weir

2018 Questions & Information

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.


The Weston-Smith Physical Sciences Essay Prize and The Biological Sciences Essay Prize

Winners of the Weston-Smith Physical Sciences Essay Prize 2018

1st Prize: Gabriella White
Joint 2nd Prize: Emma Jones
Joint 2nd Prize: Nadia Mason

Highly Commended: Freya Butler
Highly Commended: Yiyang Gu
Highly Commended: Amy Sankey

Winners of the Biological Sciences Essay Prize 2018

1st Prize: Julie Tang
Joint 2nd Prize: Rinda Naresh
Joint 2nd Prize: Kulavee Prasansapakit

Highly Commended: Sarah Sayers
Highly Commended: Sam van Druten

2018 Questions & Information (Physical)

2018 Questions & Information (Biological)

The Newnham Science Prizes may be of particular interest to those studying Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics or Geography but we welcome entries from interested students studying any combination of subjects. Entrants are invited to submit one response to either a Physical or Biological title.

The Physical Sciences Prize is kindly sponsored by Meg Weston-Smith, a scientist and author, who read Natural Sciences at Newnham.


The History Essay Prize

Winners of the History Essay Prize 2018

1st Prize: Jaimini Patel
2nd Prize: Rose Barkle
3rd Prize: Florence Gelsthorpe

Highly Commended: Tamara Boston
Highly Commended: Anisha Choda
Highly Commended: Lucy Huddleston

2018 Questions & Information

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. Entrants are invited to submit a response to any one of the questions set out in ‘2018 Questions and Information’.


The Philosophy Essay Prize 

Winners of the Philosophy Essay Prize 2018

1st Prize: Helena Carone Wheatley

Highly Commended: Jaya Rana
Highly Commended: Eleanor Scott
Highly Commended: Ghazal Seidi
Highly Commended: Emma Walker
Highly Commended: Anna White

2018 Questions & Information

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.


The Modern and Medieval Languages Essay Prize

Winners of the Modern and Medieval Languages Essay Prize 2018

1st Prize: Ella Tasker
2nd Prize: Ashna Ahmad
Joint 3rd Prize: Lucy Psaila
Joint 3rd Prize: Justine Russell

Highly Commended: Yutong Chen

2018 Questions & Information

The Newnham Modern and Medieval Languages Essay Prize is now in its second year. This prize may be of particular interest to those currently studying languages, but we welcome entries from interested students studying any combination of subjects. Entrants are invited to submit a response to any one of the questions set out in the ‘2018 Questions and Information’. Essays should be written primarily in English.


The Music Essay Prize

Winners of the Music Essay Prize 2018

1st Prize: Anna Fenton-Smith
2nd Prize: Mary Offer
3rd Prize: Marcella Keating

Highly Commended: Amy Coates
Commended: Harriet Edwards

2018 Questions & Information

The Newnham Music Essay Prize is new to 2017-18. 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. Entrants are invited to submit a response to any one of the questions set out in the ‘2018 Questions and Information’.