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The Cass Essay Competition continues; now in it's third year the essay theme is #challenges.

Published Monday, 2nd March, 2020 in Opportunities


Challenges are an inherent part of student life. How did the challenges of a multicultural student experience at Cass and in London change your thinking, your beliefs, and maybe even who you are now?

London is a global city and Cass is an international school. You have to navigate a multitude of cultures, new settings, and the practicalities of living away from home. Depending on where you are from, even the UK education system might be pretty foreign to you.

We want you to share your story with us in 850 words.

What kind of challenges did you face inside and outside of the classroom? How did you respond? To what extent were you successful or unsuccessful? Did you learn anything as a result?

Why participate?

In addition to telling your story and giving others a glimpse of your life, an acclaimed expert judging panel will select the winners.

The best essays will be published on the Cass website and shared through social media.

There are also some awesome prizes:

  • 1st prize - £500, a certificate, and an abundance of glory
  • 2nd prize - £300, a certificate, and heaps of glory
  • 3rd prize - £200, a certificate, and lots of glory

You will receive your prize and a certificate in an awards ceremony with the Dean, other senior university representatives, and members of the judging panel present.


  • The essay competition is open to all current BSc or MSc students at Cass.
  • We are looking for original, non-academic entries reflective of your unique voice. The topic of this essay competition leaves many possibilities for interpretation however it should be related to university life in some sense. You can play with a variety of styles, there is not right or wrong. Your essay can be moving, funny, shocking, informative – as long as it is candid and brings your story across! That also means that you can write about negative experiences, not just positive ones.
  • Entrants must submit their essay via the submission link (now closed) before the deadline of 11.59 PM on Sunday, March 1st 2020
  • Late entries cannot be accepted.
  • Essays must be written in English and not exceed 850 words (two A4 pages), Times New Roman 12, 1.5 line spacing, 1-inch margins. They should be submitted in PDF document format.
  • Please upload your document under the following name:  lastname_firstname_essaycompetition20 (e.g., smith_john_essaycompetition20)
  • The essay must be your sole creation and original work. The essay must not have been submitted to any other essay competition or been published elsewhere. Any form of plagiarism will result in automatic disqualification. No person may submit more than one essay for each annual competition.
  • By participating in this competition, you grant Cass the right to publish your essay on selected media channels. If you would like to remain anonymous, you will have to option to do so.

Previous essays

Be inspired and spark inspiration from some of our previous shortlisted essays.