Governors’ Research Project Prize

The Governors’ Research Project Prize is an opportunity for Upper School students to enrich their learning through the undertaking of 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 we received around 30 entries with a diverse range of titles. The judging panel of teachers read and discuss the scripts and decide on a shortlist of six students who are invited to sit a viva with the Headmaster and members of the School’s governing board. There is a cash prize for the winner and runners-up. For students going into Year 13 this is a great way of demonstrating to universities the ability to work independently. The experience of a viva, where students are questioned closely on a topic they have researched in great depth, proves to be fantastic preparation for future academic interviews too.

Our 2019 Governor's Research Project Prize winner was Eve, with a project entitled: How far do translations shape our understanding of ancient literature?

Our 2019 runners-up were:

  • Anna, with a project entitled: 'A free woman in an unfree society will be a monster.'To what extent can we consider Euripides'  the Bacchae and Angela Carter's the Bloody Chamber and Other Stories to present 'monstrous' women as liberated?
  • Theo, with a project entitled: How can statistically-rigorous rating systems, such as Elo and Glicko-2, expose glaring limitations to our current exercise of the democratic process?

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). 

1 Carter, A. (1978, 2015). The Sadeian Woman: An Exercise in Cultural History. 14th ed. London: Virago.