Governors’ Research Project Prize

The annual Governors’ Research Project Prize is an opportunity for Upper School students to enrich their learning by undertaking a research project on a topic they have not formally covered in class.

This has the dual benefit of developing, extending and enriching the student’s experience of her/his studies in a subject, and creating an opportunity to learn the key requirements of formally presenting individual academic research.

This year students submitted essays on an impressive variety of fascinating areas of research. The judging panel of teachers read and discussed the scripts and decided on a shortlist of six students, who are invited to sit a viva with the Head and members of the School’s Governing Board, who then decided on the winner and runners-up, and these three each receive a cash prize.

For students going into Year 13 this is a great way of demonstrating to universities their ability to work independently. The experience of a viva, where finalists are questioned closely on a topic they have researched in great depth, proves to be fantastic preparation for future academic interviews too.

Our 2021 Governor's Research Project Prize winner is Rhea, with her project: Oasis of Diplomacy: How can Sultan Haitham bin Tariq maintain Oman’s independent foreign policy in the face of developing geopolitical and economic risks?

Our 2021 runners-up are:

  • Diana, with the project: What do doppelgänger in literature reveal about the self?
  • Iris, with the project: Pharmageddon: how has the complacency of the US approach to antibiotics contributed to the emerging pandemic of drug-resistant bacterial disease?

Select a tab, below, to read their project abstracts. Parents and pupils with access to the Hub can read the full-length essays here (please note that you may be asked to logon).