The Gresham Competition

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What is The Gresham Competition?

Gresham College runs an annual oracy competition for state school students in Year 12 (England and Wales), S5 (Scotland) and Year 13 (Northern Ireland) to promote the art of communicating complex information in a clear, concise and compelling way. Students are asked to submit a five-minute, recorded presentation on a given topic. The competition:

•    supports the development of oracy skills
•    helps students with UCAS applications and job interviews
•    promotes a deeper understanding of the topic discussed
•    introduces students to the inspiring research of world-class academics

Shortlisted candidates are invited to present in person in London. There are three awards for the best presentations (including prizes for the student and the school).

Why Enter?

Participating in the Gresham Students competition helps students develop oracy and presentation skills useful for interviews and public speaking opportunities; it will also enhance CVs and UCAS applications
Prizes will benefit both students and schools - to date we have awarded over £10,000 through the competition. Opportunites to further oracy skills are also offered to partipants.

The 2023-24 Competition

This year we broadened the topics to include music, law, AI, science and more. The overall winner of the Gold Award was Nikhil Banerjee, of Queen Elizabeth’s School, Barnet who impressed the judges with an exploration of the ethics of genome editing to eradicate genetic diseases. 

Winner 2023/24: Nikhil Banerjee

Nikhil Banerjee and Provost Martin Elliott
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Public Speaking Resources for Students

We have put together a whole host of resources designed to help you give a fantastic presentation.