4th Essay Competition for Bayes BSc and MSc Students

Published Tuesday, 12th April, 2022 in Opportunities


Student life is all about making new social connections – with fellow students, faculty, and others.

London is a global city and Bayes is an international school. This allows you to meet people from all over the world. But you must also navigate a multitude of cultures, new settings and the complicated practicalities of living away from home. Also, connecting with others in the pandemic hasn’t been easy. (Re-)starting university after the lockdown and getting (back) together has been both wonderful and challenging.

How did the new social connections that you built, inside and outside of the classroom, impact your thinking, beliefs, and maybe even who you are? What role did the multicultural student experience at Bayes play in this?

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

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 Bayes 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.

You can sumbit your entry here.


  • The essay competition is open to all current BSc or MSc students at Bayes.
  • 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. The deadline is Wednesday 18 May 2022, 11:59pm. 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_essaycompetition22 (e.g., smith_john_essaycompetition22)
  • 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 Bayes 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.
  • If you have any questions, please contact Dr Thomas Robinson (Thomas.Robinson@city.ac.uk).

Previous essays

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