Calling all undergraduates!

Posted: 3 June 2013
The Times

UCAS and The Times have launched an exciting new writing competition

We are asking undergraduate students to tell us why they love learning at degree level in a subject they are passionate about.

There are lots of incentives to enter, including cash prizes of up to £5k and a day at The Times newspaper for the winners

Whether you’re a student yourself, parent, family member or friend please help us to spread the word as Mary Curnock Cook, UCAS Chief Executive, explains:

“We are looking for entries to remind us that higher education is good for the brain and the soul. The winning entries will help us develop a balanced narrative about the benefits of higher education that goes beyond the financial and career paybacks to help inspire future generations of students to enjoy learning at degree level.”

This isn’t about finding out boring stuff like describing a typical day at university, we want to hear inspiring thoughts from students about the joys of learning, about studying at degree level in a subject they are passionate about, and about how university can expand the mind and broaden your horizons.

There are four categories to enter under, Arts & Humanities; Business & Vocational; Social Sciences and STEM. Each category winner will receive £3k, a day at The Times newspaper, six month digital subscription to The Times and winning entries published on The Times online. The overall winner will receive an additional £2k taking the total up to £5k.



How to enter

The competition is open to undergraduate students now until midnight on Monday 29 July 2013.

Entries should be between 400 and 500 words long and sent in an email (no attachments), by the closing date to

Please include:

  • your name
  • age
  • home address
  • email address
  • telephone number
  • university
  • undergraduate degree subject and year of study (for example: history, first year undergraduate)
  • category of entry (choose from science, technology, engineering and maths; arts and humanities; social sciences; or business and vocational degree courses).

Please read the full Terms & Conditions before submitting your entry –


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