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 Head 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 2020 Governor's Research Project Prize winner was Jessica, with a project entitled: Can an Author be Removed from the Text?

Our 2020 runners-up were:

  • Sonny, with a project entitled: The Last Hope of the Arab Spring: To What Extent Has Tunisia's Transition to Democracy Been a Success? 
  • Edward, with a project entitled: Have Recent Advances in Genomics Led to Inequalities In the Healthcare Provided for Africans? 

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).