Pembroke North Essay Prize

The 2019 Pembroke North Essay Prize is now open to entries from Year 12 state school students from Pembroke's North West Link regions. Please find a list of essay questions here. The deadline for entries is Friday 6 September 2019. If you have any questions please email Kirsty Simpson (Admissions and Access Officer) at

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 celebration and prize ceremony at Pembroke College to which all entrants will be invited, on Friday 20 September 2019 (to coincide with the Oxford University Open Days).

  • 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 2019.

Who can enter?

The competition is open to Year 12 students from a state school or sixth form college in our linked North West England regions (Bolton, Bury, Cheshire, Halton, Rochdale, Wigan). 

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 please email 

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)

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 a prize giving ceremony and celebration at Pembroke College on 20 September 2019.