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


Sponsored by The Tyler Trust, promoting education and providing facilities for experiment and training in educational principles and methods.