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2021 Northeastern University London Essay Competition Awards

Congratulations to all of our essay winners!

This year we had over 6000 entries with many outstanding and thought-provoking pieces. Well done to everyone to entered, it was a tough decision. The winners should be proud of themselves for producing such exemplary work.

You can find this year’s questions and a list of all the winners with their essays attached here:

Essay Questions

Art History: Should the West return cultural artefacts to their former colonial territories?

Creative Writing: It is 2120. There is no longer any such thing as poetry, or poets. What happened?

Data Science: What is the importance of ethics in data science?

Economics: How relevant is economics during a pandemic and in what way might economists make things better?

English: Is literature always a force for good?

History: Will the Covid-19 pandemic change human history?

Law: When, if ever, should one be criminally liable for infecting another person with a disease?

Philosophy: Should robots have rights? Why or why not?

Politics and International Relations: Is democracy experiencing a setback worldwide?

Psychology: Discuss the sources of mental health issues in the modern world


Art History

First place: John Chang
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Second place: Mia Mack
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Third place: Hanna Johal
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Creative Writing

First place: Alexander Archer
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Second place: Nancy Connor
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Third place: Adriana Garcia Alumbreros
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Data Science

First place: Shaun Pexton
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Second place: Emma Chandler
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Third place: Rabiah Ahmad
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First place: Kangzi Chan
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Second place: Scarlett Westbrook
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Third place: Aman Sultan
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First place: Maya Panasar
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Second place: George Oates
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Third place: Grace Middlemas, Layal Muhtadi
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First place: Juliet Donajgrodzki
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Second place: Joseph Andrews
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Third place: Libby Stone
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First place: Kate Taylor Smith
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Second place: Gabriella Deegan, Kashvi Grover
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Third place: Scott Lee
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First place: Jodie Strutt
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Second place: Amy Young
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Third place: Oscar Burstal
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Politics and IR

First place: Frances Rigby
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Second place: Alma Talbot
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Third place: Daniel Hidalgo-Anguera
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First place: Fynn Hoffman
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Second place: Mercy Otasowie
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Third place: Grace Forward
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