This year the LSE UPR launched its inaugural essay competition, aimed at incoming or outgoing year 12s and 13s (or equivalent), to give them real experience in writing an academic essay.
Our team put together a list of five questions, which were superbly tackled by over 75 students.
- Is war and conflict an inevitable feature of global politics?
- Thomas Jefferson once said “the cornerstone of democracy rests on the foundation of an educated electorate”. With the rise of fake news, historically low voter turnouts, and populist angst, to what extent is Jefferson correct regarding democracy in the twenty-first century?
- What are the effects of the rise of China on the present world order?
- Has Brexit fundamentally changed the traditional voting patterns of the British electorate?
- You have been hired as a policy consultant by 10 Downing Street to develop one policy. What policy would you implement, and why? Explain the reasoning behind your choice, keeping policy choice and explanation clear. One example for this question would be: choosing to raise the minimum wage, and justifying this politically, socially and economically.
These questions required engagement with current affairs, critical reading, academic referencing and analytical writing – all of which was given an incredibly good effort by those who submitted.
After careful reading by our team of associate editors, we arrived at this year’s winners:
First place: Gabriel Brown – question two.
Second place: Dheevesh Mungroo – question one
Third place: Joseph McGrath – question three.
Over the coming weeks we will be posting all three pieces as a showcase of great pre-university academic research!
We would also like to offer our further congratulations to all who participated. The hard work and effort put into all submissions was clear to the whole UPR Team.
Yu Na Choi
Joseph Garcia Ben
The UPR team would also like to extend an invitation for all to attend our 2018 Conference, taking place on November 22nd, 6.30-8.30 at LSE.