Newnham Law Essay

The Woolf Essay Prize

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 anyoneof 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.

Winners of the Woolf Essay Prize 2017

1st Prize: Eleanor Graham
2nd Prize: Charlie Matheson
3rd Prize: Georgia Mitchell

Highly Commended: Kate Lucas
Highly Commended: Evie Patel

Commended: Florence Anderson
Commended: Suzanne Azim
Commended: Millie Bloom
Commended: Hanna Hughes
Commended: Eliza Jones
Commended: Cassandra Somers-Joce
Commended: Annabel Stock


The Engineering Essay Prize

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.

Winners of the Engineering Essay Prize 2017

1st Prize: Thea Krumins
2nd Prize: Sita Tailor
3rd Prize: Tamilore Ayo-Famola

Highly Commended: Alice Ertl
Highly Commended: Anna Mills
Highly Commended: Amelia Standing

Commended: Rosanna Fresen
Commended: Justine Hong
Commended: Bridget Withers
Commended: Shannen Zeller

 


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

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.

Winners of the Weston-Smith Physical Sciences Essay Prize 2017

1st Prize: Josephine Jones
Joint 2nd Prize: Charlotte Ghali
Joint 2nd Prize: Sarah Walberton

Highly Commended: Aine McColgan
Highly Commended: Eve Pope
Highly Commended: Urvi Sonawane
Highly Commended: Anna Stevenson

Commended: Claudia Chavasse
Commended: Neha Ramu

Winners of The Biological Sciences Essay Prize 2017

1st Prize: Amelia Irwin
Joint 2nd Prize: Srishti Agarwal
Joint 2nd Prize: Elina Ganatra
3rd Prize: Rachel Jones

Highly Commended: Hannah Lin
Highly Commended: Chloe Palma

 


The History Essay Prize

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’.

Winners of the History Essay Prize 2017

1st Prize: Ashlan Richards
2nd Prize: Sanjana Gunasekaran
Joint 3rd Prize: Eleanor Graham
Joint 3rd Prize: Helen Markus

Highly Commended: Georgia Brown
Highly Commended: Helena Heyndrickx
Highly Commended: Eve McMullen

 


The Philosophy Essay Prize 

2018 Questions & Information

Please note that the deadline for the 2017-18 Philosophy essay prize has been extended to 12:00pm (midday) on Friday 6th April 2018.

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.

Winners of the Philosophy Essay Prize 2017

1st Prize: Cherry Dicko
2nd Prize: Heléna Vegas Quinn
3rd Prize: Maia Webb

 


The Modern and Medieval Languages Essay Prize

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.

Winners of the Modern and Medieval Languages Essay Prize 2017

1st Prize: Hemma Jari
2nd Prize: Effie Webb
3rd Prize: Mary Osborne

Highly Commended: Daisy Coombes
Highly Commended: Georgina Findlay
Highly Commended: Emma Tinn

Commended: Esther Leong
Commended: Anna Zakonyi


The Music Essay Prize

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’.


The Architecture Essay Prize (not continued in 2018)

Winners of the Architecture Essay Prize 2017

1st Prize: Poppy Mitchell
2nd Prize: Lucy Dabbs
3rd Prize: Dorothy Zhang

Highly Commended: Lydia Cronin
Highly Commended: Lucy Jones
Highly Commended: Catherine Sheridan
Highly Commended: Bernice Wong

The exceptional academic talent of Year 12 female students was celebrated by Newnham College at a prestigious ceremony in Cambridge for essay prize-winners.

Newnham College’s annual essay prize competitions are designed to encourage ambitious female sixth-form students to explore university-level subjects and themes and to develop their independent research and writing skills.

A record-breaking number of entries were received from a wide range of schools across eight different categories; Architecture, Biological Sciences, Engineering, History, Modern and Medieval Languages, Philosophy, Physical Sciences, and the Woolf Essay Prize, with questions inspired by Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own.

Virginia Woolf based A Room of One’s Own on a series of lectures she gave at Newnham in 1928.

Winners were selected by a panel of Newnham academics after hundreds of essays were received. Each competition has a prize of £400 for first place, £200 for second place, and £100 for third place.

All of the winners were invited to the women’s college at the heart of Cambridge University on Saturday (June 24) to take part in a special ceremony where they were presented with their prizes by Professor Dame Carol Black, Principal of Newnham College.

The sixth-formers and their families then enjoyed afternoon tea and a chance to meet leading academics from all disciplines.

Dr Sam Lucy, Newnham Admissions Tutor, said: “The field this year was particularly strong, with a record number of entries, and the judges were impressed by the range and quality of the research undertaken by the entrants.

“Whittling that field down to the winners and runners-up of the eight prizes involved some hard decisions, but those chosen are well-deserved winners and should be extremely proud of their achievement.”

It is hoped that exposing the high-flying sixth-formers to the type of work they would be expected to do at Cambridge will encourage them to consider applying to Newnham.

Although it is not part of the admissions process at Newnham, several previous prize-winners are current students.

Questions for the 2018 Essay Prize Competitions will be announced in November 2017.

Read more about the 2017 questions and categories and the entries from the winners.

Photograph caption: Professor Dame Carol Black, Principal and Dr Sam Lucy, Admissions Tutor and Director of Admissions for the University of Cambridge, with the group of Year 12 students who won first prize in each category

The full list of 2017 Essay Prize Winners/Highly Commended/Commended:

Architecture

1st Prize: Poppy Mitchell, The King’s School, Canterbury
2nd Prize: Lucy Dabbs, St Peter’s School, York
3rd Prize: Dorothy Zhang , King Edward VI High School for Girls

Highly Commended: Lydia Cronin (Chichester High School), Lucy Jones (Sandon School), Catherine Sheridan (The Tiffin Girls’ School), Bernice Wong (Cheltenham Ladies College).

Biological Sciences

1st Prize: Amelia Irwin, Sevenoaks School
Joint 2nd Prize: Elina Ganatra, Nottingham Girls’ High School
Joint 2nd Prize: Srishti Agarwal, Aylesbury High School
3rd Prize: Rachel Jones, St Paul’s Girls’ School

Highly Commended: Chloe Palma (Santa Maria del Pilar), Hannah Lin (Hills Rd Sixth Form).

Engineering

1st Prize: Thea Krumins, St Paul’s Girls’ School
2nd Prize: Sita Tailor, Guildford High School
3rd Prize: Tamilore Ayo-Famola, Cheltenham Ladies College

Highly Commended: Alice Ertle (Brighton College), Anna Mills (St Albans School), Amelia Standing (The King’s School, Chester)

Commended: Rosanna Fresen (The King’s (The Cathedral) School, Peterborough), Justine Hong (Wycombe Abbey School), Bridget Whithers (Wycombe Abbey School), Shannen Zeller (The Tiffin Girls’ School).

History

1st Prize: Ashlan Richards, The Tiffin Girls’ School
2nd Prize: Sanjana Gunasekaren, The Grammar School at Leeds
Joint 3RD Prize: Eleanor Graham, Epsom College
Joint 3rd Prize: Helen Markus, Hills Rd Sixth Form

Highly Commended: Helena Heyndrickx, (Alleyns School), Eve McMullen, (Southwell Minster School), Georgia Brown (Wilmslow School).

The Modern and Medieval Languages (MML) Essay Prize

1st Prize: Hemma Jari, Withington Girls’ School
2nd Prize: Effie Webb, Twyford C of E High School
3rd Prize: Mary Osborne, Beauchamp College

Highly Commended: Georgia Findlay (Withington Girls’ School), Daisy Coombes ( Eirias High School), Emma Tinn (The Abbey School, Reading)

Commended: Anna Zakonyi (Oxford High School), Esther Leong (Backwell School).

Philosophy

1st Prize: Cherry Dicko, Hills Rd Sixth Form
2nd Prize: Heléna Vegas Quinn, Stratford Girls’ Grammar School
3rd Prize: Maia Webb, Alleyns School

The Weston-Smith Physical Sciences Essay Prize

1st Prize: Josephine Jones, St Olave’s Grammar School
Joint 2nd Prize: Charlotte Ghali, King Edward’s School, Bath
Joint 2nd Prize: Sarah Walberton, Guildford High School

Highly Commended: Anna Stevenson (St Paul’s Girls’ School), Urvi Sonawane (The Tiffin Girls’ School), Eve Pope Gordano School, Aine McColgan, St Benedict’s Ealing.

Commended: Neha Ramu (The Tiffin Girls’ School) Claudia Chavasse (Withington Girls’ School).

The Woolf Essay Prize

1st Prize: Eleanor Graham, Hitchin Girls’ School
2nd Prize: Charlie Matheson, Kingsbridge Community College
3rd Prize: Georgia Mitchell, Hills Rd Sixth Form

Highly Commended: Kate Lucas (Wimbledon High School), Evie Patel (Kimberley College).

Commended: Florence Anderson (Alleyns School), Suzanne Azim (Coombe Girls’ School), Millie Bloom (Putney High School), Hanna Hughes (The King’s (The Cathedral) School, Peterborough), Eliza Jones (The Latymer School), Cassandra Somers-Joce (Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate), Annabel Stock (Stratford Girls’ Grammar School).

Dame Carol Black, Principal of Newnham College, with Poppy Mitchell, from The King’s School, Canterbury, who won the first prize in the Architecture category.

Dame Carol Black, Principal of Newnham College, with Lucy Dabbs, from St Peter’s School, York, who won the second prize in the Architecture category.

Dame Carol Black, Principal of Newnham College, with Dorothy Zhang, from King Edward VI High School for Girls, who won the third prize in the Architecture category.

Dame Carol Black, Principal of Newnham College, with Amelia Irwin, from Sevenoaks School, who won the first prize in the Biological Sciences category.

Dame Carol Black, Principal of Newnham College, with Elina Ganatra, from Nottingham Girls’ High School, who won the joint second prize in the Biological Sciences category.

Dame Carol Black, Principal of Newnham College, with Srishti Agarwal, from Aylesbury High School, who won the joint second prize in the Biological Sciences category.

Dame Carol Black, Principal of Newnham College, with Rachel Jones, from St Paul’s Girls’ School, who won the third prize in the Biological Sciences category.

Dame Carol Black, Principal of Newnham College, with Thea Krumins, from St Paul’s Girls’ School, who won the first prize in the Engineering category.

Dame Carol Black, Principal of Newnham College, with Sita Tailor, from Guildford High School, who won the second prize in the Engineering category.

Dame Carol Black, Principal of Newnham College, with Ashlan Richards, from The Tiffin Girls’ School, who won the first prize in the History category.

Dame Carol Black, Principal of Newnham College, with Sanjana Gunasekaran, from The Grammar School at Leeds, who won the joint second prize in the History category.

Dame Carol Black, Principal of Newnham College, with Helen Markus, from Hills Road Sixth Form College, who won the joint third prize in the History category.

Dame Carol Black, Principal of Newnham College, with Eleanor Graham, from Epsom College, who won the joint third prize in the History category.

Dame Carol Black, Principal of Newnham College, with Hemma Jari, from Withington Girls’ School, who won the first prize in the Modern and Medieval Languages category.

Dame Carol Black, Principal of Newnham College, with Effie Webb, from Twyford C of E High School, who won the second prize in the Modern and Medieval Languages  category.

Dame Carol Black, Principal of Newnham College, with Mary Osborne, from Beauchamp College, who won the third prize in the Modern and Medieval Languages category.

Dame Carol Black, Principal of Newnham College, with Cherry Dicko, from Hills Road Sixth Form College, who won the first prize in the Philosophy category.

Dame Carol Black, Principal of Newnham College, with Heléna Quinn, from Stratford Girls’ Grammar School, who won the second prize in the Philosophy category.

Dame Carol Black, Principal of Newnham College, with Maia Webb, from Alleyns School, who won the third prize in the Philosophy category.

Dame Carol Black, Principal of Newnham College, with Josephine Jones, from St Olave’s Grammar School, who won the first prize in the Physical Sciences category.

Dame Carol Black, Principal of Newnham College, with Sarah Walberton, from Guildford High School, who won the joint second prize in the Physical Sciences category.

Dame Carol Black, Principal of Newnham College, with Eleanor Graham, from Hitchin Girls’ School, who won the first prize in the Woolf category.

Dame Carol Black, Principal of Newnham College, with Charlie Matheson, from Kingsbridge Community College, who won the second prize in the Woolf category.

Dame Carol Black, Principal of Newnham College, with Georgia Mitchell, from Hills Road Sixth Form College, who won the third prize in the Woolf category.

All of the winners with Dame Carol Black, Principal of Newnham College, and Dr Sam Lucy, Admission Tutor at Newnham and Director of Admissions for the University of Cambridge.

All of the Year 12 students who won the first prizes with Dame Carol Black, Principal of Newnham College, and Dr Sam Lucy, Admission Tutor at Newnham and Director of Admissions for the University of Cambridge.

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