Biosciences Essay Competition

Open to all current A-Level/BTEC/SQA (or equivalent qualification) students.

The world faces many challenges in the 21st Century; from disease and drug resistance to species extinctions and climate change. Many of these challenges are biological, so can biology save the world?

Can Biology Save The World?

How Can Biology Save The World?

Biosciences at the University of Gloucestershire are offering £1000 to the author of the best essay which illustrates “How Biology Can Save the World”

£1000 first prize, £500 for runner up

The essay competition is open to all pupils in Sixth Form or College studying A-Level, BTEC or equivalent. Entrants must only submit one essay of no more than 800 words.  The essay must be written by themselves (no co-authorship). Click here for our promotional material.

The school which has the greatest number of submissions will also receive £500.

Can Biology Save The World?

The closing date is noon on Friday 20th December 2019

Submit your essay to

Make sure you tell us your name, contact telephone number and the school you attend (home educated entrants also welcome). Full conditions and the details of file naming are below.

The essays will be judged on the level of understanding of the content, the quality of the argument, the structure, writing style and novel approach (to saving the world).

The essays will be judged by our expert panel of science journalists and presenters.

Biosciences essay competition judging panel: Viv Parry (Tomorrow’s World); Stefan Gates (The Gastronaut); Kate Bradbury (Guardian columnist, Gardener’s Question Time); Adam Rutherford (Radio 4’s Inside Science); Martha Kearney (Today, World at One).

Terms and Conditions:

• Entrants must be currently studying for a Level 3 qualification (A-level, BTEC, City and Guilds etc.) at a UK institution. • Only one submission per person, sole authorship only. • Essays must not exceed 800 words (not including diagrams, tables or references (if applicable)). • Submission must be by PDF and the file name must follow the format School_Surname_initial eg. HURST_Newberry_J • Winning essays will be published on our website. • Essays must not be submitted to any other competition, blog, website or publication. • Members of the judges’ family are not eligible to enter. • Any plagiarised work will be disqualified • Essays to be submitted in English only. • The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. • Only shortlisted candidates will be notified • Deadline is noon on 20th December 2019, winners will be notified by 1st February 2020. • Essays submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

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