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Entries open for Year 13 essay competition


Stranmillis University College is inviting Year 13 pupils to submit an original essay of no more than 2,000 words.

The title of the essay is:“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” (Nelson Mandela) Discuss.

Essays will be judged in terms of their level of understanding, depth of insight, strength of argument, originality and quality of writing.  Entrants should provide their full name, contact address, email address and phone number, as well as details of their school.  They should also provide the name and email address of a teacher in the school who will be able to vouch that the essay is the entrant’s own work.

Essays should be submitted electronically to Dr Noel Purdy, Head of Education Studies [email protected]

All submitted essays must be double spaced, font size 12, and each page should be numbered.

The winning entry will be awarded a prize of £200 sponsored by the General Teaching Council of Northern Ireland.

This prize will be awarded at the Stranmillis University College Annual Prize Giving Ceremony in early July 2015. Certificates of commendation will also be awarded for essays of particular merit.

The closing date for the essay competition is Tuesday 17th March, 2015.

Essay competition flyer


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