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2022 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 below.

Essay Questions

Art History: Is it time for museums and galleries to decolonise their collections, and if so, how should they go about it?

Creative Writing: What role can fiction serve when the nature of ‘fact’ is continually called into question?

History: What does history teach us about humanity’s ability to adapt to climate change?

Law: What limits, if any, should we place on the right to freedom of expression?

Economics: How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted inequalities?

Politics: How prepared is the international community to address the current environmental crisis?

Philosophy: How should we (including social media companies and governments) respond to the fact that misinformation (e.g. about coronavirus) can be harmful (and even cost lives) while recognising the value of free expression (including online)?

English: Why does the modern world need literary critics?

Psychology: How could psychology help in understanding criminal behaviour – does society create criminals?

Data Science: How can Data Science and Humanities inform each other?


Art History

First place: Samara Macrae
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Second place: Weiyen Tan
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Joint Third place: Shaaon Bhattacharya
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Joint Third place: Jessica Dos Santos

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Creative Writing

First place: Wing Cheong Tsang
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Joint First place: Emily Martinez-McCune
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Joint Second place: Helen Trappelides

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Third place: Hannah Cobble

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Data Science

First place: Tom Kwok
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Second place: Sayyidah Fatimah Azzahra
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Third place: Dikoloreoluwa Oluwatobiloba Apesin
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First place: Chun Shing Pan
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Second place: Aishi Basu
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Joint Third place: Arvin Egli
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Joint Third place: Leonard Cornelius
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First place: Alexia Heasley
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Second place: Cara Treacy
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Third place: Max Pearson

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First place: Ada Chaeytoniuk
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Second place: Sasha Mullin
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Joint Third place: Chloe Thomas
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Joint Third place: Kinga Mierzejewska

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First place: Hannah Bale
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Second place: Allie Ng

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Joint Third place: Amore Adam
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Joint Third place: Zheng Zuo

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First place: Hilary Hawthorne
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Second place: Mustafa Khuramy
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Third place: Gauri Narendran
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Politics and IR

First place: Rosie Bray
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Second place: Ansh Barot
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Joint Third place: Eva Tollett
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Joint Third place: Aadam Shahzad

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First place: Yixuan Wu
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Second place: Jasmine Bakhshi
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Joint Third place: Cara Pearson
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Joint Third place: Shakira Warburton Ofori-Duah

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