St benet’s hall essay prize competition entry form



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ST BENET’S HALL ESSAY PRIZE COMPETITION

ENTRY FORM

Name: _____________________________________________________________________

Email address: _______________________________________________________________
School: _____________________________________________________________________
Year at school: _________
Date of birth: ___________
I declare that the essay submitted is my own independent work.
Signature: ____________________________________________________
Date: ________________

SECTION TO BE COMPLETED BY A TEACHER:
Name of Teacher: ____________________________________________________
Position: ___________________________________________________________
Email Address: ______________________________________________________
I declare that the submitted essay is the student’s own independent work, and has not been produced in the course of her/his ordinary studies.
Signature: ____________________________________________________
Date: ________________

The personal data provided in conjunction with the St Benet’s Hall Essay Prize will be stored and used by St Benet’s Hall in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. It will never be transferred to any other organisation or individual. Your personal data will be held on a secure database and used in relation to the Essay Prize only.


St Benet’s Hall, University of Oxford

Senior Essay Prize
The purpose of the essay is to give school students the experience of writing on a general question for which there is no ‘right answer’. The markers are looking for a clear argument supported by relevant material chosen by the student. Students may draw on any subject discipline they wish. The essay must be their own unaided work.

The competition will be judged by Fellows of St Benet’s Hall with support from a team of experienced school teachers. A prize of £150 will be awarded to the best essay, and the prize-winner will be invited to a celebratory meal at St Benet’s. The judges may award a runner-up prizes consisting of a book-token and a commendation.



How to enter

  • School students resident anywhere in the British Isles, aged 15-18 on 31 August 2016, are invited to submit an essay of up to 2000 words on one of the questions below. At the end of the essay, please include a list of all sources (including online resources and websites) used to research and write the essay. This list is not included in the word count.

  • Please submit your essay as an email attachment to senior.tutor@stb.ox.ac.uk. The essay must be accompanied by a completed entry-form. Do not put your name on the essay itself.

  • The closing date for entries is 8 September 2016, and results will be notified on 30 September 2016.

Regulations

  • The judges’ decisions are final.

  • The judges reserve the right not to award a prize if they consider that the essays submitted have not reached a high enough standard.

  • It is regretted that the judges will not be able to provide feedback (written or verbal) on the essays submitted. Receipt of the essay will be acknowledged but no entries will be returned.

Questions

  1. Are boycotts futile?

  2. Do very large salaries for sports professionals alter the character of the games played?

  3. Is the desire for posthumous fame irrational?

St Benet’s Hall, University of Oxford

Junior Essay Prize

The purpose of the essay is to give school students the experience of writing on a general question for which there is no ‘right answer’. The markers are looking for a clear argument supported by relevant material chosen by the student. Students may draw on any subject discipline they wish. The essay must be their own unaided work.



The competition will be judged by Fellows of St Benet’s Hall with support from a team of experienced school teachers. A prize of £150 will be awarded to the best essay, and the prize-winner will be invited to a celebratory meal at St Benet’s. The judges may award a runner-up prizes consisting of a book-token and a commendation.

How to enter

  • School students resident anywhere in the British Isles, aged 11-14 on 31 August 2016, are invited to submit an essay of up to 1000 words on one of the questions below.

  • Please submit your essay as an email attachment to senior.tutor@stb.ox.ac.uk. The essay must be accompanied by a completed entry-form. Do not put your name on the essay itself.

  • The closing date for entries is 8 September 2016, and results will be notified on 30 September 2016.


Regulations

  • The judges’ decisions are final.

  • The judges reserve the right not to award a prize if they consider that the essays submitted have not reached a high enough standard.

  • It is regretted that the judges will not be able to provide feedback (written or verbal) on the essays submitted. Receipt of the essay will be acknowledged but no entries will be returned.

Questions

  1. Can computers think?

  2. Is it immoral to buy a £100,000 car?

  3. Why would anyone want to be famous after they’re dead?


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