The Gresham Competition

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** Update: the 23/24 Competition has now closed. We hope to contact entrants with the results of the first round of judging mid/late-February. Many thanks to all who entered.**

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
  • The first place winner will receive £9,250 towards their first year of university tuition and £1,000 towards a laptop, the second place winner will receive £800 towards a laptop, and the third place winner will receive £600 towards a laptop
  • Other benefits including mentoring possibilities 
  • Schools of the winners will receive £1,000 for the first place winner, and £500 for the second and third place winners to go towards enhancing the school curriculum activities

The 2023-24 Competition

This year the competition has broadened the topics to include music, law, AI, science and others. Entrants are required to record a presentation of no more than five minutes, and shortlisted candidates will be invited to present again in person in London. With awards for the winners and benefits for the school, this is the perfect opportunity to gain confidence and develop skills.

Nb. Entrants will need to submit the recorded presentation and also fill in an accompanying form with their details and a written summary of their presentation and sources used to construct it. 

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The 2022-23 Competition

The inaugural competition in 2022/23 focused on the environment / sustainability and attracted over 350 entries. Students were asked to answer one of five questions. Finalists were invited to present in person on January 24 2023. Joint winners of the top Gold Award were: Yemisi Oguntimirin from Southend High School For Girls and Yassin Azeb from George Spencer Academy; with Harry Nicholson from from Belfast Royal Academy and Rebecca Towns from Bishop’s Stortford College receiving Silver and Bronze Awards respectively.

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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.