The Gresham Competition

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What is The Gresham Competition?

Gresham College is launching a Competition for Year 12 students in September 2022, to promote the art of communicating complex information in a clear, concise and compelling way. This will

  • support the development of oracy skills;
  • help students with UCAS applications and job interviews;
  • promote a deeper understanding of the environment;
  • introduce students to the inspiring research of world-class academics.

This year the competition is focussed on the environment / sustainability in a five-minute, recorded presentation. Shortlisted candidates will then be invited to present again in person in London, and there will be three awards (including prizes for student and the school).

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Why Enter?

1. Participating in the Gresham Students competition will help students develop oracy and presentation skills useful for interviews and public speaking opportunities; it will also enhance CVs and UCAS applications.

2. The entry process is quick and easy, with entries filmed and submitted within 5 minutes.

3. Finalists will meet a panel of prestigious judges.

4. Winners will receive cash prizes and medals: £250 gold, £200 silver and £150 bronze.

5. The schools of winners will also benefit with priority access to lectures, visits from Professors or senior leaders, and a certificate.

6. Since 2022 is a pilot year so we expect fewer entries so a great opportunity to do well.

How to Enter

Part A: Video Submission

  • Each school will be sent a list of questions relating to this year’s theme of 'environment/sustainability';
  • To enter, each student will film and submit a five-minute video of themselves answering their chosen question. Guidance and resources will also be provided to help students plan;
  • Guidance and resources will also be provided to help students explain complex issues in a clear, concise, logical and engaging way.Key dates: Competition opens 15 Sep 2022; Competition closes on 15 Nov 2022; Entrants notified by 30 Nov 2022:

Part B: Public Presentation on Tues 24 Jan 2023 at Gresham College

  • Following shortlisting, finalists will be invited to a panel event to present their topic live;
  • Each finalist will have five minutes to present and five minutes for Q&A with the panel;
  • Three Gresham medals will be awarded (Bronze, Silver and Gold), along with finalist certificates.

Key Dates

15th September 2022: Competition opens

15th November 2022: Competition closes

30th November 2022: Entrants notified

24th January 2023: In-person presentation at Gresham College.

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Resources for Students

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