2020 Bioscience essay competition from University of Gloucestershire


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

The world faces many challenges in the 21st Century; treating diseases like COVID19 and cancer, tackling climate change, saving biodiversity, combating antibiotic resistance, producing food sustainably…. and many of these challenges are biological, so can biology save the world?

Can Biology Save The World?

It’s never been more important to be a biologist.

Biosciences at the University of Gloucestershire are offering £1000 to the author of the best essay which supports the statement “It’s never been
more important to be a biologist than now”.

£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 18th December 2020

Submit your essay to bioessaycomp@glos.ac.uk

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.

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

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 18th December 2020, winners will be notified by 1st February 2021. • Essays submitted after the deadline will not be considered. 

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