Perse launches national Aristotelian Award competition

The Perse has launched a nationwide competition to inspire youngsters to develop independent research skills.

Following the success of last year’s Perse Research Essay competition, which targeted pupils across Cambridgeshire, the net has been widened with Year 9 students from all over the UK invited to get involved in the inaugural Aristotelian Award for Research.

The competition is divided into two sections – arts/humanities and sciences – with a choice of five essay titles in each category ready to be tackled.

Cash prizes are on offer with the winners of each category receiving £70 and the four pupils gaining distinctions in each section being awarded £20 apiece.

Perse Head of Research Matt Fox said: “At The Perse School, we believe doing research develops invaluable skills for school, university and life beyond.

“We have organised this competition as an opportunity for any student in Year 9 across the UK to foster their intellectual curiosity and develop their research skills. We wish you all the best!”

For full rules and list of questions, please click here.

Entries should be submitted to by the closing date of 5pm on Monday 21 February 2022.


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