PRESS RELEASE: 31.08.2022

The Council for the Defence of British Universities is pleased to announce the winner of the CDBU Essay Prize: ‘Contracting Cheating: the Place of the Essay in the Age of the Essay Mill’, submitted by Dr Rowan Cerys Tomlinson, Senior Lecturer in Renaissance Studies at the University of Bristol. It has been awarded the £1,000 prize and will be published on our blog within the coming days. 

The CDBU would also like to congratulate our joint runners up: Ms Lydia Stonebridge, former Policy Manager, who submitted the essay ‘Is the University at Risk of Becoming a Split Self?’, and Matthew Smith, Professor of Health History at the University of Strathclyde, who submitted the essay ‘Universal Basic Research Income: A Different Approach to Funding Research’. 

Prof. Anne Sheppard, Chair of the CDBU Executive Committee, said “The judges were very impressed by the variety and high quality of the essays submitted. CDBU thanks all those who entered the competition and looks forward to organising similar competitions in the future.”


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