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2024 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.

The overall winner is the highest scoring essay across all subjects, promoting the subject winner to overall winner in the given subject category. Some categories have joint runner up prizes if students received the same mark.

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


Essay Questions

Applied Digital & Technology Solutions: Discuss the societal risks and rewards associated with generative AI (such as ChatGPT).

Business: Is it possible to reconcile the cost-of-living crisis consumers are experiencing with the need for sustainable consumption?

Computer & Data Science: Describe a modern application of data science based on machine learning, generative AI or data analytics. Discuss its context in terms of topic, domain, and societal implications.

Economics: Does the expanding gig economy contribute positively to sustainable economic growth?

English: Is it fair to say that literature is another name for language which has no practical use?

History: How have empires throughout history shaped the societies we live in today?

Law: Ed Sheeran said “Defending copyright infringement lawsuits has become as much a part of the job description for top musicians as the performance of hits”. Discuss whether UK copyright laws are out of date and should be reviewed by Parliament.

Philosophy: To what extent, and in what ways, can the past be a good guide to the future?

Politics & IR: Is environmental degradation a greater threat to the international community than war?

Psychology: Discuss to what extent mental factors impact ageing.


Overall Winner

Overall Winner: Avi Juneja

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Applied Digital & Technology

Winner: Dang Lin

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Runner Up: Sadiq Ali

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Runner Up: Zainab Farakh

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Winner: Khoo Teng Siang

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Runner Up: Saarvi Sarawagi

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Runner Up: Isabel Margerson

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Computer & Data Science

Winner: Summer Yeojin Shin

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Subject Runner Up: Erin Taylor

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Overall Winner: Avi Juneja

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Subject Runner Up: Ed Taylor

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Subject Runner Up: Wisdom Omolayo

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Winner: Kyo Lee

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Runner Up: Angelica Read

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Runner Up: Abigail Kendall

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Winner: Esther Mortimer

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Runner Up: Ved Jan Kumar

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Runner Up: Sayali Dhavale

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Winner: Darren Yong

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Runner Up: Nay Dyari

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Runner Up: Jude Hasanin

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Winner: Edgar Brown

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Runner Up: Benjamin Sparkes

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Winner: Isobel Wain

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Runner Up: Hannah Clayton

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Winner: Onyiu Wong

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Runner Up: Donna Chong

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Runner Up: Lola Roberts

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