The R.A. Butler Prize for essays in Politics and International Studies is a competition that can be entered by students in Year 12 or the Lower 6th.
The Prize is jointly organised by Trinity College Cambridge and Cambridge University’s Department of Politics and International Studies. The Prize was established in memory of the former Master of Trinity College, Lord Butler, who most famously served as Home Secretary and Chancellor of the Exchequer, and who was responsible for the introduction of free secondary education for all students in the UK.
The objectives of the R.A. Butler Prize are twofold. Firstly, it aims to encourage students with an interest in modern politics and world affairs to think about undertaking university studies in Politics, International Studies or a related discipline; it is not limited to those already studying these subjects or indeed other social sciences. Secondly, its intention is to recognise the achievements both of high-calibre students and of those who teach them.
The competition carries a First Prize of £600, to be split equally between the candidate and his or her school or college (the school or college’s portion of the prize to be issued in the form of book tokens), and a Second Prize of £400, which again is to be shared equally between the candidate and his or her school or college.
This year we received 104 entries, a record number for this prize.
The winner of the 2016 prize is Silas Edwards from St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School, Bristol, who wrote his essay to the question "Does the rise of social media make politics more polarised?".
Second prize went to Eliza Harry from Greene's Tutorial College, Oxford, who wrote her essay to the question "Is there a meaningful distinction between economic and political power?".
Special commendations were awarded to Caleb Darwin (Ysgol Gymmraeg Bro Morgannwg, Barry), Charlotte Phillips (Portsmouth Grammar School, Portsmouth), Jamie Arthur (Marling Grammar School, Stroud), Queenie Choi (Australian International School, Hong Kong), Cassia Roberts (Wycombe Abbey School, High Wycombe) and Toby Cohen (University College School, London).
Congratulations to all the winners!