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2023 Northeastern University London Essay Competition Awards

Congratulations to all of our winners!

This year’s competition received over 5000 submissions, many of which were exceptional and thought-provoking. Congratulations to all who participated; choosing the winners was no easy task. Congratulations to the winners for their exceptional work, you should be very proud of your achievement.

This year we have a few winners and runner’s up in certain subjects where a few students received the same mark. We have also issued a number of Finalist (Special Commendation) awards to students who had an exceptional essay and narrowly missed out on winning.

You can find this year’s questions and a list of all the winners with their essays below.

Essay Questions

Business: What are the ethical implications of technological advancement in business? Answer the question with reference to a specific technological improvement of your choice in a company of your choice.

Digital & Technology Solutions: Discuss how data analytics can be used to influence people.

Economics: What are the most likely implications of the economic sanctions imposed on Russia?

English: Should the subject English Literature be replaced by Global Literatures?

History: What can historians learn from the study of past empires and imperialism?

Law: Must we always obey the law?

Philosophy: Can it ever be morally acceptable to sacrifice an innocent person for some greater good? Illustrate your answer with examples.

Politics: What would have to change about ‘democracy’ in order to restore faith in democracy among young people?

Psychology: How could psychology explain atrocious acts towards humans, such as during war times?


Overall Winner

Wenyue Zhu
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Winner: Avi Shah
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Runner up: Nao Fukui
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Runner up: Noor Lababidi
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Digital & Technology Solutions

Winner: Lukas Svedberg
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Runner up: Ayda Yazdani
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Finalist (Special Commendation): George Hastings
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Finalist (Special Commendation): Deborah Kanu
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Winner: Emma Cortinovis
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Winner: Freya Nott
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Winner: Sana Sibhal
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Runner up: Duncan Wong
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Winner: Akinfolarin Akintola
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Runner up: Azka Rehman
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Runner up: Amayra Seth
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Finalist (Special Commendation): Emily Tucker
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Finalist (Special Commendation): Leo Tomblin
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Winner: Alvin Zhou
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Runner up: Jake Altmann
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Runner up: Xinyu Wang
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Finalist (Special Commendation): Eliza Mills
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Finalist (Special Commendation): Alfie Holdstock
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Winner: Oscar Luck
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Runner up: Eunji Shin
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Runner up: Isobel Harris
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Finalist (Special Commendation): Owen Warrington
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Winner: Kaajal Basra
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Runner up: Vishnu Vadlamani
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Finalist (Special Commendation): Tiffany Bantin
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Politics & International Relations

Winner: Mia Krnic
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Runner up: Rebecca Silva 
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Runner up: Kofi Hayford
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Winner: Dia Nafis
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Runner up: Eilis Boden
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Digital Futures Competition Winners

Year 12: Sakthivel Perumal
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Year 13: Harvey Green
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