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Student Competition

Student Essay Competition

We offered annual awards for students' reflections on their experiences of studying economics. The 2009 essay question is "How would you make difficult economics easier to learn?".

2008's question was "What makes the best learning experience for you?"

A big thank you to all students who submitted their work for this competition. We had 44 submissions: an unprecedented number.

The judging panel agreed to give the first prize to James Pickering (Oriel College, Oxford), second prize to Robert Denham (University of Bristol) and third prize to Vivienne Tong (Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge).

Five students who were also shortlisted received commendations. They are Eleonora Fichera (University of Nottingham), Rachel Waterworth (Lancaster University), Sarah Burton (Hertford College, Oxford), Smruti Sriram (St. Peter's College, Oxford), Edoardo Gallo (Nuffield College, Oxford).

LiveEcon Thanks to a sponsorship from LiveEcon, this year's competition was able to offer three prizes. The winner will receive a prize of £1500, plus an additional £250 from the Economics Network. Two runners-up will receive £1000 and £500 respectively.

In the 2006 competition, the essay title was "How does your experience of your course compare with any expectations you may have had?" The winning entry came from Alex Ofosu-Adjei of Manchester University.


Lancaster University press release about Rachel Waterworth's commendation