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SOME USEFUL RESOURCES

(1) Useful websites

(2) Some basic information about UK universities
(3) Sixth Form essay and other competitions

 

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USEFUL WEBSITES

www.ucas.com
The UCAS website contains the UCAS Directory of all HE courses at UK universities & colleges, information on how to apply and gap year opportunities, and answers to frequently asked questions on undergraduate study. It has links to the websites of all UK universities.

https://www.uea.ac.uk/study/info-for/teachers/advice-and-guidance-for-teachers
This website contains articles by me and others on a wide range of issues ranging from “How does this degree make me employable?” to “How to reduce the stress of Personal Statement writing”.

https://unistats.direct.gov.uk
This website includes results from the National Student Survey of student satisfaction. Use this with care!

http://university.which.co.uk/
Much useful information on universities and courses, including films. Be aware that much of this is subjective, and other people’s views might not be yours.

www.push.co.uk/
An interactive section allows you to create your ideal university course by entering criteria which are important to you. Some of the judgements about individual universities are very subjective, but there is a lot of useful information.

http://unipodadvice.com/
Good general advice on the application process, including writing Personal Statement. Produced in association with Oxford Brookes University.

http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/apply
The Univ. of Birmingham website contains much very useful information. This section contains a link to a video and transcript on “The Personal Statement”.

https://www.dur.ac.uk/undergraduate/study/apply/ucas
Durham University also has very useful information on how to write a Personal Statement.

www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk
There is some useful information here, e.g., on how to choose a course, but beware of putting trust in league tables!

www.gov.uk/student-finance  
The official guide on student finance.

www.essex.ac.uk/fees-and-funding 
A particularly clear guide to student finance. Includes a useful section on estimated living costs.

www.thescholarshiphub.org.uk
The first comprehensive database of funding available for UK students wishing to study at UK universities.

www.bucs.org.uk
British Universities’ and Colleges’ Sport (BUCS) is the governing body for competitive uni. sport. The website has points tables for individual sports and unis..

www.prospects.ac.uk
Information on graduate employment.

https://www.themedicportal.com/application-guide/deciding-on-medicine/
The Medic Portal website is an excellent guide for applicants to Medicine and Dentistry.

www.rmpenterprise.co.uk/services .
The “Rate My Placement” website gives useful feedback from students who have undertaken “sandwich” placements: i.e., courses which include up to a year of paid work experience. It includes videos with advice on “Assessment Centres”, “The Perfect C.V.”, “Internships &Work Experience”, “About Psychometric Tests”, “Interview Tips”, “Interview Techniques in Detail”.

www.whatcareerlive.co.uk 

“What Career Live?” and “What University Live?” is an event for 15-19 year olds, parents/carers and school groups which provides information on both university and apprenticeship options. The event is free to attend and features prominent UK employers and many universities as well as presentations and one-to-one advice. It takes place in London (October), Birmingham (March)and Liverpool (March). I have participated as an adviser and think it a great opportunity to learn about the pros and cons of uni. degrees and apprenticeships (or degree apprenticeships!) under one roof.

Taster courses

https://www.ucas.com/events/exploring-university/learn-about-uni-taster-course
A guide to finding taster courses.

www.isco.org.uk
A wide variety of Careers-related and HE subject-related courses, found under “Futurewise Courses and Events”.

www.etrust.org.uk/headstart.cfm
Headstart courses are mainly, but not entirely Engineering-related. There are some Science courses.

http://medlink-uk.net/
At Univ. of Nottingham, for prospective Medics. : Medlink (December) and Medsim (July)

www.london.ac.uk/tasters
A wide variety of HE subject–related free 1 day courses in London usually in the Easter break or late June and early July.


MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses)

There are now many of these free courses online. They usually last 3-8 weeks and only require 2-4 hours per week. None of the units is compulsory, so you can dip in as you wish. Many courses offer an insight into possible areas of study at university. For courses offered by UK universities, see the list at:
https://www.futurelearn.com/

I recommend Univ. of East Anglia’s “Preparing for University”, as it addresses issues faced by students making the transition from school to university study: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/preparing-for-uni


Podcasts and online extension activities


There are many free lectures now available from UK universities. See the list at, e.g.,
Oxford - https://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/units
Cambridge - https://sms.cam.ac.uk/

Look also at Villiers Park Educational Trust’s online extension activities: http://www.villierspark.org.uk/course_level/a-level/

 

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SOME BASIC INFORMATION ABOUT UK UNIVERSITIES

The following is a list of UK universities with their population and location.  Although I have divided the universities into groups by date of foundation and country, it is important to stress that there are significant differences in style and atmosphere between individual institutions within the same group.

Figures in brackets after each university give the approximate number of full-time undergraduates on full degree programmes. (Source: HESA statistics for 2015-6: http://www.hesa.ac.uk/ )


In recent years some unis., mainly with a view to the international student market, have opened branch campuses in London: Anglia Ruskin, Coventry, Cumbria, Liverpool, Newcastle, Northumbria, Sunderland, Ulster, Uni. of Wales Trinity St David, West of Scotland, Wrexham Glyndŵr. A couple of others opened branch campuses in London but soon closed them.


Similarly, many UK unis. have also opened International Branch Campuses abroad. These vary greatly in size and development. Among the largest are Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool Uni. (China), Uni. of Nottingham Ningbo China, Uni. of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, Heriot-Watt Uni. Dubai, Middlesex Uni. – Dubai, Westminster International Uni. Tashkent. China, Malaysia and UAE (Dubai) have been major areas of involvement. Reading’s Henley Business School operates across many countries and has established itself in South Africa. Other unis. have had a narrower focus: e.g., Queen Mary offering a Medicine degree programme in Gozo, Malta. Some unis. have gone into partnership; e.g., there are 10 overseas uni. partners in the Singapore Institute of Technology, 4 of them from the UK.

ENGLAND

(1) Oxbridge (established 13th century onwards)
Cambridge                          (12,000)               
Oxford                                  (11,000)               

(2) University of Durham (est. 1832)
Durham                                (13,000)

(3) University of London (est. 1836)
Birkbeck                              (3,000 FT + 5,000 PT)      in central London
City                                        (9,000)              main campus is adjacent to and other sites within City of London
Courtauld Institute of Art(200)                     1 site in central London
Goldsmiths                        (6,000)                  1 main site in SE London (New Cross)
King’s College                   (15,000)                5 sites in central London
London Sch. of Economics (LSE) (5,000)      1 site in central London
Queen Mary                       (12,000)                1 main site in East End
Royal Academy of Music(400)                       1 site in central London
Royal Holloway                (7,000)                     greenfield campus nr. Windsor
Royal Veterinary College (2,000)                     2 sites in Camden & Hertfordshire
St. George’s Hospital Medical School     (3,000)                1 site in Tooting
School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS) (3,000)         1 site in central London               
The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (700)      main site at Swiss Cottage; studio in central London
University College          (17,000)                   1 main site in central London; UCL East in Stratford due to open 2021.     

(4) Urban “red brick” universities (est. 1881-1948)
Birmingham                       (20,000)                main campus 3 miles from city centre
Bristol                                 (16,000)                various sites in city centre; vet. centre at Langford
Imperial College               (9,000)                  1 main site in Kensington + new site at White City, London
Leeds                                 (23,000)                c ½ mile from city centre             
Liverpool                           (19,000)                city centre campus; vet. centre in Wirral
Manchester                       (27,000)                2 city centre campuses
Newcastle                          (18,000)                c ½ mile from city centre
Nottingham                       (23,000)                main campus 3 miles from city centre; new campus ½ mile away; smaller campus 10 miles south
Reading                             (10,000)                main campus 1½ miles from town centre; site at Henley
Sheffield                             (19,000)                c 1 mile from city centre

(5) unis. founded 1950-1983
Aston                                    (7,000)                  on campus ½ mile from central Birmingham
Bath                                     (12,000)                on campus 2 miles from city centre
Bradford                              (8,000)                  City campus near city centre + Emm Lane campus within 2 miles
Brunel                                  (10,000)                main campus 1 mile from centre of Uxbridge
Buckingham                        (1,000)                  2 campuses on edge of Buckingham
East Anglia                          (11,000)                2 miles from Norwich                                                                       
Essex                                   (10,000)                main campus is 3 miles from Colchester; also site at Southend (Acting is mainly at Loughton, NE                                                                              edge of London)
Exeter                                   (17,000)                main campus is 1 mile from city centre + others in Exeter + Falmouth
Hull                                       (12,000)                main campus is 2 miles from city centre
Keele                                    (7,000)                  2 miles from Newcastle-under-Lyme (Staffordshire)
Kent                                      (15,000)                main campuses 1 mile from Canterbury + Medway
Lancaster                             (9,000)                  3 miles from town centre
Leicester                             (11,000)                main campus is 1 mile from city centre                                  
Loughborough                  (13,000)                on greenfield campus on edge of town                  
Salford                                 (15,000)                main campus is in Salford  + also in Media City, Salford
Southampton                     (17,000)                main campuses are 2 miles from city centre + in harbour + Winchester
Surrey                                  (10,000)                on campus ½ mile from centre of Guildford
Sussex                                 (11,000)                4 miles from Brighton
Warwick                              (14,000)                3 miles from Coventry
York                                     (12,000)                main site 2 miles from city centre                                                                                                            

(6) New Universities (est. as unis. 1992-)
Anglia Ruskin                     (13,000)                main campuses in Cambridge and Chelmsford; + Peterborough
Arts Uni. Bournemouth     (3,000)                  2 miles N of town centre
Bath Spa                            (6,000)                  main campus is 5 miles from city centre; other sites in city
Bedfordshire                     (9,000)                  main campuses in Luton and Bedford; + Milton Keynes and Aylesbury
Birmingham City              (17,000)                3 main campuses: City Centre, 3 miles N +  S suburb; 5 smaller sites
Bishop Grosseteste          (2,000)                  in centre of Lincoln
Bolton                                (4,000)                 main sites just outside and others in town centre
Bournemouth                   (13,000)                main campus 2 miles from town centre and another in town centre
Brighton                            (14,000)                3 sites in Brighton; others in Eastbourne and Hastings
Uni. of West of England (Bristol) (18,000)    main Frenchay campus and Glenside are 4 miles NW of Bristol; other sites in Bristol city centre,                                                                                Gloucester docks and Hartpury (5 miles NW of Gloucester)
Buckinghamshire New     (6,000)                  main campus is in High Wycombe; other sites in Uxbridge, Aylesbury and Great Missenden
Canterbury Christ Church (10,000)               main campus is just outside city centre; other sites at Broadstairs, Medway and Tunbridge Wells
Central Lancashire             (16,000)                main campus near centre of Preston; other sites in Burnley and Cumbria
Chester                               (9,000)                  main campuses in Chester and Warrington; other sites in Shrewsbury and Reaseheath (Nantwich)
Chichester                          (4,000)                  campuses near Chichester and in Bognor Regis
Coventry                             (21,000)                main campus in city centre; campuses also in Scarborough + Barking/Dagenham (London)
Cumbria                              (5,000)                  campuses in Carlisle, near Lancaster and in Ambleside; sites at Barrow-in-Furness and Workington
De Montfort                        (16,000)                in centre of Leicester
Derby                                   (10,000)                main campus 2 miles from city centre + other sites  in Derby, Buxton and Chesterfield
East London                       (9,000)                  campuses in Stratford and Docklands
Edge Hill                              (10,000)                main campus at Ormskirk and other sites in Liverpool, Manchester, Chorley, Bury, Wirral, near                                                                                  Wigan and near Newcastle   
Falmouth University         (4,000)                  campuses in town centre and at Penryn (2 miles away)
Gloucestershire                (6,000)                  2 campuses in Cheltenham and 1 in Gloucester
Greenwich                         (13,000)                2 major campuses in SE London (Greenwich and Avery Hill) and 1 in Kent (Medway)
Harper Adams University (2,000)                 10 miles from Telford at Newport, Shropshire
Hertfordshire                    (16,000)                2 campuses at Hatfield and site SW of Hertford
Huddersfield                     (13,000)                in town centre
Kingston                            (15,000)                4 campuses in Kingston area; site at St George’s Hospital (Tooting)
Leeds Arts                         (1,000)                  2 sites in city centre
Leeds Beckett                   (17,000)                2 campuses: near city centre and in suburbs (Headingley)
Leeds Trinity University    (3,000)                  in Horsforth, 6 miles NW of city centre
Lincoln                              (10,000)                main campus and 2 other sites in Lincoln; a site at Holbeach (S Lincs.)
Liverpool Hope                 (4,000)                 main campus 4 miles from city centre and another in city centre
Liverpool John Moores   (17,000)                2 main campuses in and near city centre and 1 at Aigburth (4 miles S)
London Metropolitan       (9,000)                 move to 1 campus along Holloway Rd  2018-2020.  Currently has 4 other sites in The City and                                                                                    nearby parts of E London
London South Bank          (9,000)                  main campus is in Southwark; other site at Havering
Manchester Metropolitan (25,000)               main campus near city centre + campus in Crewe (35 miles away)
Middlesex                          (13,000)                main campus in Hendon
Newman University          (2,000)                  at Bartley Green, 5 miles SW of city centre
Northampton                    (9,000)                  3 campuses in and within 2 miles of town centre
Northumbria                     (19,000)                main campus is in Newcastle city centre; the other is 1 mile away
Norwich Uni. of the Arts   (2,000)                in city centre
Nottingham Trent            (22,000)                main campus is in centre of Nottingham; another is 2 miles to SW; another is 5 miles to NE of city
Oxford Brookes                (12,000)                main campus is on edge of Oxford; one campus is 3 miles to W of city, another 7 miles to E; also a                                                                          site in Swindon
Plymouth                           (17,000)                main campus is in city centre; hospital site is in N of city
Plymouth Marjon              (2,000)                  in Derriford, N suburb of Plymouth
Portsmouth                        (17,000)                main campus is in city centre
Ravensbourne                   (2,000)                 in N Greenwich, London
Roehampton                     (7,000)                  4 colleges near Richmond Park
Royal Agricultural University (1,000)            1 mile from Cirencester
Sheffield Hallam               (22,000)                2 campuses in and near city centre
Solent                               (9,000)                  main campus is in centre of Southampton
Staffordshire                     (9,000)                  2 campuses in Stoke-on-Trent;  sites outside Shrewsbury and Stafford
St Mary’s University          (4,000)                  campus and sites in Twickenham, London
Suffolk                               (4,000)                  campus is in Ipswich
Sunderland                        (9,000)                  2 campuses in Sunderland
Teesside                             (9,000)                  campuses in Middlesbrough and Darlington
University College Birmingham (4,000)        in city centre
Uni. for the Creative Arts (4,000)                   campuses at Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham and Rochester; sites in Maidstone and Hampton Court                                                                           Palace (SW London)
Uni. of the Arts, London  (15,000)                  6 art colleges across London: Camberwell, Central St. Martin’s (3 sites), Chelsea, London College                                                                             of Fashion (6 sites), London College of Communication and Wimbledon
West London                     (7,000)                  campuses in Ealing and Brentford; site in Reading
Westminster                       (13,000)                3 campuses in central London and 1 in Harrow (NW London)
Winchester                        (6,000)                  main campus is on edge of city
Wolverhampton                (13,000)                2 sites near city and campuses in Walsall (7 miles away), Telford (16 miles away) and Burton upon                                                                               Trent (32 miles away)
Worcester                          (8,000)                  3 campuses in or within ½ mile of city centre
York St. John                      (5,000)                  campus is in city centre

SCOTLAND

(1) Medieval foundations
Aberdeen                           (9,000)                  main site 1 mile from city centre
Edinburgh                           (20,000)                2 main campuses in the city; 3 other sites in suburbs
Glasgow                              (17,000)                main campus 3 miles from city centre; other sites 4 miles from main campus and in Dumfries
St Andrews                         (7,000)                  in “city” centre

(2) founded 1960s
Dundee                                (9,000)                  main campus is near city centre and 1 site at Kirkcaldy (30 miles away)
Heriot-Watt                         (7,000)                  main campus 8 miles from Edinburgh and campus in Galashiels (37 miles) and site at Orkney
Stirling                                 (8,000)                  on greenfield campus 3 miles from Stirling
Strathclyde                          (13,000)                main campus is in centre of Glasgow; sites at Loch Lomond and Cumbernauld

(3) New Universities (est. as universities 1992 -)
Abertay Dundee                 (3,000)                  in centre of Dundee
Edinburgh Napier               (9,000)                  3 campuses across Edinburgh
Glasgow Caledonian         (11,000)                single campus in centre of Glasgow
Queen Margaret, Edinburgh (3,000)             single campus outside Musselburgh
Robert Gordon                   (8,000)                  single campus (since 2017) on S edge of Aberdeen
Univ. of the Highlands & Islands (5,000)        13 colleges + 70 local learning centres (from Shetlands to Dunoon)
West of Scotland                (11,000)                campuses in Paisley (7 miles from Glasgow), near Ayr, 2 miles from Dumfries and in/near Hamilton

WALES

(1) founded 1872-1971
Aberystwyth                        (6,000)                  main campus is near town centre; other sites in or near town
Bangor                                 (8,000)                  main campus is near “city” centre; site in Wrexham
Cardiff                                  (19,000)                main campus is in city centre; site at hospital in suburbs
Swansea                               (13,000)                main campus is 2 miles West of city centre;  Bay Campus is 1.5 miles East of city centre
Univ. of Wales Trinity St. David (6,000)           campuses in Lampeter and 1 mile from Carmarthen; Swansea campus across 7 sites in or near                                                                                   city; site in Cardiff

(2) New Universities (est. as universities 1992 -)

Cardiff Metropolitan         (9,000)                  2 campuses in suburbs of Cardiff
Glyndŵr                              (3,000)                  main campuses in Wrexham; sites at Northop (15 miles away) and St Asaph (30 miles away)
South Wales                      (15,000)                2 campuses near Pontypridd and new Newport City Campus; media centre in Cardiff

NORTHERN IRELAND

(1) “red brick” (est. 1845)
Queen’s, Belfast                (17,000)                main campus ½ mile from city centre

(2) founded 1968
Ulster                                  (16,000)                campuses in Coleraine, Jordanstown, Derry and Belfast; site in Birmingham, as well as London


Private universities which gained full university status in 2012-7
BPP University                                                4 sites in London; others in Abingdon, Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Doncaster, Leeds,                                                                                        Liverpool and Manchester
Pearson College                                            in Central London (degrees validated by Bradford and Kent)
Regent’s University, London (4,000)             main campus in Regent’s Park, London; another site nearby.
The University of Law                                     sites in Birmingham, Bristol, Chester, Guildford,  Leeds, London and Manchester

Private Higher Education Institution
The New College of the Humanities  (170)  in central London (degrees validated by Southampton Solent; Law validated by Uni. of London)

Universities specialising in part-time study
The Open University      (115,000 PT!)           HQ in Milton Keynes
Arden University             (8,000)                      HQ in Coventry; study centres in Birmingham, London and Manchester

Arts’ colleges (not called universities but offering degrees)
Conservatoire for Dance and Drama (1,000) [8 specialist performing arts schools]:
    -Bristol Old Vic Theatre School                  in Clifton, Bristol
    -Central School of Ballet                             in central London
    -LAMDA                                                        in Hammersmith, W London
    -London Contemporary Dance School      in central London
    -National Centre for Circus Arts                 in Shoreditch, E London
    -Northern School of Contemporary Dance  in Chapeltown, N Leeds
    -RADA                                                           in central London
    -Rambert School                                          in Twickenham, W London
Glasgow School of Art                       (1,000)   in city centre
Guildhall School of Music and Drama  (600)  in central London
Leeds College of Music                                    in central Leeds
Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts (700) in central Liverpool
Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts   (400)    in Peckham, S London (from 2018)
Rose Bruford                                           (600)     in Sidcup, S London
Royal Academy of Dance                       (100)    in Battersea, London
Royal Academy of Music [see under University of London]
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire [part of Birmingham City Uni.] in central Birmingham
Royal College of Music                           (400)     in central London (opposite Albert Hall)
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland           (800)      in central Glasgow
Royal Northern College of Music          (600)      in central Manchester
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (500) in central Cardiff
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (700) in Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London

Land-related (not called universities but offering degrees)
SRUC (Scotland’s Rural College)          (1,000)      6 campuses: 5 miles NW of Aberdeen; Ayr;  Cupar; 10 miles N of  Dumfries; Edinburgh;
                                                                                 5 miles W of Edinburgh
Writtle University College                       (700)       near Chelmsford

Institution based in France
Univ. of London Institute in Paris            (150)       in centre of Paris

 

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SIXTH FORM ESSAY AND OTHER COMPETITIONS

As the list below shows, there are very many of these. I have listed each of them by:

- subject

- title of competition - eligibility
- organiser

- website


All subjects

Robinson College Essay Prize (Yr 12)

Robinson College, Cambridge

http://www.robinson.cam.ac.uk/prospective-students/essay-prize


All subjects

The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition (KS3, KS4-5)

Royal Commonwealth Society

https://thercs.org/youth-and-education/the-queens-commonwealth-essay-competition/


Accountancy

BASE competition (for teams) (Yr 12)

ICAEW

https://careers.icaew.com/en/campaigns/base-competition


Archaeology

Archaeology Essay Competition (Yr 12)

Fitzwilliam Coll., Cambridge

https://www.fitz.cam.ac.uk/admissions/events-prospective-students/essay-competitions


Architecture

Architectural Design Competition for Year 12 Students

Fitzwilliam Coll., Cambridge

https://www.fitz.cam.ac.uk/admissions/events-prospective-students/essay-competitions


Biology

Corpus Rackham Essay Prize for Biology (Yr 12)

Corpus Christi Coll., Cambridge

https://www.corpus.cam.ac.uk/undergraduate-study/admissions-events/essay-competitions


Biology / Photography

Royal Society of Biology Young Photographer of the Year (under 18)

Royal Society of Biology

https://www.rsb.org.uk/get-involved/rsb-competitions/photography-competition


Chemistry

UK Chemistry Olympiad (Yr 12-13)

Royal Society of Chemistry

http://www.rsc.org/campaigning-outreach/outreach/educators/uk-chemistry-olympiad/


Chemistry

Analytical Division Schools’ Analyst Competition (Yr 12)

Royal Society of Chemistry

http://www.rsc.org/Membership/Networking/InterestGroups/Analytical/SchoolsComp/   


Chemistry

Cambridge Chemistry Challenge (Yr 12 or below)

Cambridge Uni.

http://www.c3l6.org/compregs/about


Classics

Ancient World / Classics Essay Competition (Yr 12)

Fitzwilliam Coll., Cambridge

https://www.fitz.cam.ac.uk/admissions/events-prospective-students/essay-competitions


Classics

Classics and Ancient History Essay Competition (Lit, Hist, Archae, Phil)(Yr 12)

St John’s College, Oxford

https://www.sjc.ox.ac.uk/study/working-schools/study-days/essay-competition/


Classics

The Mary Renault Prize (Classical reception) (Yr 12-13)

St Hugh’s College, Oxford

https://www.st-hughs.ox.ac.uk/prospectivestudents/outreach/mary-renault-prize/


Classics

Cicero UK 2018 (Yr 12-13)

Cicero Concordia

https://ciceroconcordia.wordpress.com/2018/01/23/cicero-uk-2018/


Classics / Mod. Langs.

The Stephen Spender Prize (poetry translation) (Yr KS4-5, KS3)

Stephen Spender Trust (+ Guardian)

http://www.stephen-spender.org/2018_prize/how_to_enter_2018.html#conditions


Computer Science

UK Schools Computer Animation Competition (KS2-5)

Manchester Uni., Sch. of Comp. Sci.

http://animation18.cs.manchester.ac.uk/


Creative Writing

Goldsmiths Young Writer Prize (short story) (Yr 12-13)

Goldsmiths College, Uni. of London

https://www.gold.ac.uk/young-writer-prize/


Economics

Bank of England and Financial Times School Blog Competition (Yr 12-13)

Bank of England +Financial Times

https://www.bankofengland.co.uk/news/2018/february/boe-and-ft-school-blog-competition


Economics

Marshall Society Essay Competition (Yr 12-13)

Cambridge Uni. Economics Society

http://marshallsociety.com/essay-competition/


Economics

RES Young Economist of the Year Essay Competition (Yr 12-13)

Royal Economic Society

http://www.res.org.uk/view/essayEduTraining.html


Economics

Corpus Dixit Essay Prize for Economics (Yr 12)

Corpus Christi Coll., Cambridge

https://www.corpus.cam.ac.uk/undergraduate-study/admissions-events/essay-competitions


Engineering

The Engineering Essay Prize (female Yr 12)

Newnham Coll., Cambridge

http://www.newn.cam.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduates/newnham-essay-prizes/


English

Corpus Christopher Marlowe Essay Prize for English (Yr 12)

Corpus Christi Coll., Cambridge

https://www.corpus.cam.ac.uk/undergraduate-study/admissions-events/essay-competitions


English

Gould Prize for Essays in English Literature (Yr 12)

Trinity College, Cambridge

https://www.trin.cam.ac.uk/undergraduate/essay-prizes/english-literature/


English

Tower Poetry Competition (16-18yrs)

Christ Church Coll., Oxford

http://www.towerpoetry.org.uk/


English

Peterhouse Thomas Campion English Prize (Yr 12)

Peterhouse Coll., Cambridge

https://www.pet.cam.ac.uk/sites/www.pet.cam.ac.uk/files/campion_18_0.pdf


English

The Betty Haigh Shakespeare Prize (Yr 12-13)

The English Association

https://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/english-association/prizes/the-betty-haigh-shakespeare-prize


English / History / Politics / Sociology

The Woolf Essay Prize (female Yr 12)

Newnham Coll., Cambridge

http://www.newn.cam.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduates/newnham-essay-prizes/


French

French Film Competition (Yrs 7-11, 12-13)

Oxford Uni.

http://www.mod-langs.ox.ac.uk/schools/language-competitions


Geography

RGS Young Geographer of the Year (Yr 4-6, 7-9, 10-11, 12-13)

Royal Geographical Society

https://www.rgs.org/schools/competitions/young-geographer-of-the-year/


Geography

Corpus Essay Prize for Geography (Yr 12)

Corpus Christi Coll., Cambridge

https://www.corpus.cam.ac.uk/undergraduate-study/admissions-events/essay-competitions


Geography / Development

David W Smith Memorial Prize

Royal Geographical Society/Routledge

http://www.darg.rgs.org/funding/david-w-smith-memorial-prize/


German

OGN German Olympiad (Yrs 5-6, 7-9, 10-11, 12-13)

Oxford Uni.

http://www.ogn.ox.ac.uk/


German

OGN German Classic Essay Prize (Yrs 12-13)

Oxford Uni.

http://www.ogn.ox.ac.uk/content/german-classics-prize


History

Robson History Prize (Yr 12)

Trinity College, Cambridge

https://www.trin.cam.ac.uk/undergraduate/essay-prizes/history/


History

The History Essay Prize (female Yr 12)

Newnham Coll., Cambridge

http://www.newn.cam.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduates/newnham-essay-prizes/


History

Peterhouse Vellacott History Prize (Yr 12)

Peterhouse Coll., Cambridge

https://www.pet.cam.ac.uk/sites/www.pet.cam.ac.uk/files/vellacott_18.pdf


History

The Julia Wood Prize (Yr 12-13)

St Hugh’s Coll., Oxford

https://www.st-hughs.ox.ac.uk/prospectivestudents/outreach/julia-wood-site/


Humanities

NCH Essay Competition (titles for Art Hist, Econ, Engl, Hist, Law, Philos, Pol) (Yr 12)

New College of the Humanities

https://www.nchlondon.ac.uk/essay/


Humanities

Humanities Writing Competition (Yr 12)

Girton College, Cambridge

https://www.girton.cam.ac.uk/undergraduates/for-schools/humanities-writing-competition


Land Economy

Land Economy Essay Competition (Year 12)

Fitzwilliam Coll., Cambridge

https://www.fitz.cam.ac.uk/admissions/events-prospective-students/essay-competitions


Law

Peter Cane Legal Reasoning Prize

Corpus Christi Coll., Oxford

http://www.ccc.ox.ac.uk/Legal-Reasoning-Prize/


Law

Robert Walker Prize for Essays in Law (Yr 12-13)

Trinity College, Cambridge

https://www.trin.cam.ac.uk/undergraduate/essay-prizes/law/


Linguistics

Linguistics Essay Prize (Yr 12)

Trinity College, Cambridge

https://www.trin.cam.ac.uk/undergraduate/essay-prizes/linguistics/


Linguistics

UK Linguistics Olympiad

Cttee for Linguistics in Education

http://www.uklo.org/


Materials Science

The Armourers and Brasiers Tata Sixth Form Materials Prize (Yr 12)

Inst. of Materials, Minerals + Mining

http://www.iom3.org/ab-sixth-form-prize


Mathematics

Senior Mathematical Challenge (Yr 12-13)

UK Mathematics Trust

https://www.ukmt.org.uk/individual-competitions/senior-challenge/


Mathematics

Senior Team Challenge (Yr 11-13)

UK Mathematics Trust

http://www.stmc.ukmt.org.uk/


Medicine

The Unofficial Guide to Medicine Essay Competition (Yrs 11-13)

The Unofficial Guide to Medicine

https://unofficialguidetomedicine.com/the-unofficial-guide-to-medicine-essay-competition/


Modern Languages

Corpus Languages and Linguistics Essay Competition (Yr 12)

Corpus Christi Coll., Cambridge

https://www.corpus.cam.ac.uk/undergraduate-study/admissions-events/essay-competitions


Modern Languages

Lancaster University Modern Languages Schools Essay Prize (Yr 12-13)

Lancaster Uni.

http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/languages-and-cultures/news-and-events/news/2017/lancaster-university-modern-languages--schools-essay-prize-2017/


Modern Languages

The Modern and Mediaeval Languages Essay Prize (female Yr 12)

Newnham Coll., Cambridge

http://www.newn.cam.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduates/newnham-essay-prizes/


Music

Corpus Prize for Harmony (Yr 12)

Corpus Christi Coll., Cambridge

https://www.corpus.cam.ac.uk/undergraduate-study/admissions-events/essay-competitions


Music

Styler Choral Composition Prize (Yr 12)

Corpus Christi Coll., Cambridge

https://www.corpus.cam.ac.uk/undergraduate-study/admissions-events/essay-competitions


Music, History

The Music Essay Prize (female Yr 12)

Newnham Coll., Cambridge

http://www.newn.cam.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduates/newnham-essay-prizes/


Philosophy

Philosophy Essay Prize (Yr 12)

Trinity College, Cambridge

https://www.trin.cam.ac.uk/undergraduate/essay-prizes/philosophy/


Philosophy

University of Lincoln Philosophy Competition (Yr 13 and below)

Uni. of Lincoln

http://lincoln.ac.uk/home/features/whatislove/


Philosophy

Lloyd Davies Philosophy Prize (Yr 12)

Oriel College, Oxford

http://www.oriel.ox.ac.uk/study-us/schools-liaison/lloyd-davies-philosophy-prize


Philosophy

The Edgar Jones Philosophy Essay Competition (Yr 12)

St Peter’s College, Oxford

https://www.spc.ox.ac.uk/schools/essay-competitions


Philosophy

The Philosophy Essay Prize (female Yr 12)

Newnham Coll., Cambridge

http://www.newn.cam.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduates/newnham-essay-prizes/


Philosophy

Philosophy Essay Competition (Yr 10-12)

Sheffield Uni.

https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/philosophy/essay-competition


Physics

British Physics Olympiad (Yr 12-13)

BPhO Trust + Uni. of Oxford

http://www.physics.ox.ac.uk/olympiad/


Politics

Bacon Essay Prize for Politics + International Relations (Yr 12)

Corpus Christi Coll., Cambridge

https://www.corpus.cam.ac.uk/undergraduate-study/admissions-events/essay-competitions


Politics

R.A. Butler Politics Prize (Yr 12)

Trinity College, Cambridge

https://www.trin.cam.ac.uk/undergraduate/essay-prizes/politics/


Russian

The Anthony Cross Essay Prize in Russian Studies (Yr 12)

Fitzwilliam Coll., Cambridge

https://www.fitz.cam.ac.uk/admissions/events-prospective-students/essay-competitions


Science

RCSU Science Challenge (Yr 10-13)

Imperial College

http://sciencechallenge.org/home


Science

Faculty of Natural Sciences Schools Science Competition (KS3-5 London)

Imperial College

https://www.imperial.ac.uk/natural-sciences/about-us/outreach/schools-science-competition/


Science

The Oxford Scientist Schools’ Writing Competition (Yr 10-12)

The Oxford Scientist (student magazine)

https://www.mpls.ox.ac.uk/public-engagement/latest/help-spread-the-word-the-oxford-scientists-writing-competition-for-schools-now-open


Science

Corpus Christi Science Essay Prize (Yrs 11-12)

Corpus Christi Coll., Oxford

http://www.ccc.ox.ac.uk/Schools-Science-Prize/


Science

Peterhouse Kelvin Science Prize (Yr 12)

Peterhouse Coll., Cambridge

https://www.pet.cam.ac.uk/sites/www.pet.cam.ac.uk/files/kelvin_18.pdf


Science

Franklin Society Essay Competition (Yr 10-12)

Murray Edwards Coll., Cambridge

https://franklinsoc.weebly.com/essay-competition.html


Science: Biological

The Biological Sciences Essay Prize (female Yr 12)

Newnham Coll., Cambridge

http://www.newn.cam.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduates/newnham-essay-prizes/


Science: Physical

The Weston-Smith Physical Sciences Essay Prize (female Yr 12)

Newnham Coll., Cambridge

http://www.newn.cam.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduates/newnham-essay-prizes/


Social Sci., Statistics

Q-Step Schools’ Essay Competition (Yr 12)

Oxford Uni., Q-Step Centre

https://www.oqc.ox.ac.uk/schools/q-step-schools-essay-competition-2018.html


Spanish

Spanish Flash Fiction Competition (Yrs 7-11, 12-13)

Oxford Uni.

http://www.mod-langs.ox.ac.uk/schools/language-competitions#spanish


STEM

Kroto Prize for Innovative Use of Technology in Sci. Learning (Yr13 or below)

Uni. of Sheffield

https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/rs/ecr/kri/jacobs


STEM

The Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Competition (Yr 12-13)

Big Bang UK

http://competition.thebigbangfair.co.uk/about/


Technology

Raspberry Pi Competition (Yrs 4-6, 7-11, 12-13)

PA Consulting Group

https://www.paconsulting.com/events/raspberry-pi-competition/


Theology

Corpus Hoskyn Theology Essay Competition (Yr 12)

Corpus Christi Coll., Cambridge

https://www.corpus.cam.ac.uk/undergraduate-study/admissions-events/essay-competitions


Theology

Keble College Theology + Religion Essay Competition (Yrs 12-13)

Keble College, Oxford

http://www.keble.ox.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate/keble-outreach/keble-theology-religion-essay-competition-2018