10 June 2015

Students' success in Oxford and Cambridge Essay Prizes

Students awarded prizes in recent Essay competitions

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Oxford Corpus Christi College Biochemistry EssayLeyla Abbasova – First prize. Her essay explored the new technique of mitochondrial replacement, its limitations and potential problems.

Cambridge Newnham College Philosophy EssayGrace Elshafei – Second prize. The essay question was: "Women, even when they are not silenced, still have to pay a very high price for being heard", said Mary Beard, in ‘The Public Voice of Women’, London Review of Books, 20 March 2014. How plausible is this claim, and what, if anything, does it imply for women’s freedom of speech?

Trinity, Cambridge EssayGrace Elshafei – Second prize."How far should the state defend a right to freedom of speech?"

Cambridge Newnham College Science EssayCharlene Chau – Highly Commended. Title: "Discuss the factors leading to the present Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa and how to stop its spread".

Cambridge Peterhouse Vellacott History EssayAmanda Lee – Commended Her piece was on ‘Why was female kingship controversial in the sixteenth century?’.

Cambridge Robert Walker (Law) Essay PrizeIsabella Ghassemi-Smith – Commended The judges placed Isabella’s essay in the top 10, saying it was "very interesting…It addressed the question, brought a range of perspectives, and substantiated its assertions.’

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