The Pembroke Tyler Essay Prize

The competition aims to support and inspire the next generation of undergraduate students as they consider their university choices, through: 

  • A choice of essay titles from our Undergraduate Ambassadors to be worked on over the summer vacation 

  • The essays are marked by Pembroke College academics, with feedback provided to all participants

  • A celebration at Pembroke College to which essay prize winners, their teachers and other entrants will be invited to our Op​en Day on Friday 15th September 2017

  • Prizes of £100 for the winner and £50 for the runner-up in each category below

What should I write about?

The Pembroke Tyler Essay Prize has a number of essay questions within the three categories of Humanities, Science and Social Science.  A winner and runner-up will be selected from entrants for each of these three categories.

Click here to view a full list of questions for 2017.

Who can enter?

The competition is open to any sixth former from a state school or sixth form college in our linked North West regions. 

How should I write? 

  • You should write between 1,500 and 2,000 words and the word count should be stated at the end 

  • A bibliography should be supplied and all quotations cited

  • Please state your full name and school in the header or footer plus page numbers

  • If you have any questions contact our Undergraduate Ambassadors by emailing 

How do I enter?

To enter, you will need to email your completed entry to as a Word document. Please state the essay title in the subject header in capital letters.

Please also include in the email:

  • Your full name

  • Your date of birth

  • Your gender

  • The name and address of your school or college

  • A contact teacher name and email address (usually your Head of Sixth Form)

The deadline for applications is Tuesday 5th September 2017.

What will happen to the entries?

  • All entries will be read and marked by a Pembroke College academic

  • A winner and runner-up will be announced for each of the three categories under Humanities, Science and Social Science