Eliza Harry, a student at Greene’s, has been awarded the prestigious R.A. Butler 2016 second prize for her essay: “Is there a meaningful distinction between economic and political power?” There were 104 entries to the essay competition – a record.
Eliza’s achievement is considerable and we warmly congratulate her for her success. The judging panel commented that Eliza’s essay was “an ambitious, clever and keenly focused argument”.
“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.” (Taken from the University of Cambridge Department of Politics and International Studies website)
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?”.