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Student Sofia Mleinik wins essay competition prize

Posted: 8th July 2019

Student Sofia Mleinik wins essay competition prize

Student, Sofia Mleinik, won a £40 runner up prize in the Politics essay category at the 2019 NCH London Essay Competition Awards Ceremony. 

To put this into context, there were 3,600 entries into this year’s competition, so it is an incredible achievement for Sofia to have won a prize.

On Tuesday 25th June 2019, New College of the Humanities (NCH) announced the winners of the 2019 NCH London Essay Competition at a special award ceremony in London.

Held in Bedford Square Gardens, the award ceremony was hosted by Professor A C Grayling, Master of the College, alongside the College’s academic faculty and students. 150 highly commended high school essay writers and their guests enjoyed being VIPs at our red carpet event and had their pictures taken by our NCH paparazzi.

Prizes were awarded in all the seven major subjects taught at undergraduate level at the College. In each category, the First prize was £1,000, the first runner-up was £500, the second runner-up was £250, and a third runner up was awarded a £40 voucher. Everyone who was highly commended received a £20 voucher.

Professor Grayling said, “The College received 3,600 entries into this year’s essay competition, and 150 students were shortlisted and invited to this award ceremony. To be in the top 4% of essayists is exceptional. Every individual who has been shortlisted deserves to be very proud of their academic achievement.”

Now in its third year, the NCH London Essay Competition was founded to inspire and encourage students from around the world who are in their penultimate year of secondary education and have a passion for the humanities and social sciences, to pursue their interest in these subjects and to further develop their critical thinking and writing skills. 

This year’s competition sought submissions of essays in a range of questions as follows:

  • ‘Oscar Wilde claimed that ‘All art is quite useless’. Can art’s uselessness be a source of its usefulness?’ Art History
  • ‘Nudges have been successfully used by governments around the world to influence people’s behaviours” (Thaler 2008), but will we become immune to such ‘tricks’?’ Economics
  • ‘What are literary critics for?’ English
  • ‘Can history teach us lessons?’ History
  • ‘Was the EU Commission correct to fine Google for abuse of a strong market position in online markets?’ Law
  • ‘What kinds of inequality, if any, are unjust?’ Philosophy
  • ‘What measures can be taken to increase voter turn-out at elections?’ Politics

Chaired by Professor Grayling, former Man Booker Prize Chair of Judges, the judging panel comprised academic members of each subject faculty and high-performing third-year undergraduate students.

A full list of top prize winners is available on the College’s website


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