Pembroke North Essay Prize

The 2020 Pembroke North Essay Prize is now open to entries from Year 12 state school students in the North West of England. Please find a list of essay questions here. The deadline for entries is Monday 7 September 2020. If you have any questions please email Kirsty Simpson (Admissions and Access Officer) at admissions@pmb.ox.ac.uk

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 postgraduates, with feedback provided to all participants.

  • A  online celebration and prize ceremony at Pembroke College to which all entrants will be invited, to be held in Autumn 2020.

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

What should I write about?

The Pembroke North 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 2020.

Who can enter?

The competition is open to Year 12 students from a state school or sixth form college in the North West of England.

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 of each page. Please also include page numbers.

  • If you have any questions please email admissions@pmb.ox.ac.uk 

How do I enter?

To enter, you will need to email your completed entry to admissions@pmb.ox.ac.uk as a Word document. Please name your file 'Your Surname - Essay Title'. In your email subject, please include the words 'NW Essay Prize' follow by your essay title.

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)

What will happen to the entries?

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

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

  • All entrants will be invited to an online celebration event in Autumn 2020. This event will also feature an Oxford Admissions workshop.