The Why Character Matters Writing Contest was a competition open to University students from all institutions, subjects and disciplines. The contest required students to consider the meaning and importance of particular virtues in private, public and professional life.
Students were asked to submit a piece of writing of no more than 500 words about 'Why Character Matters'; this may have been a story, a poem, a personal reflection, a blog post, a short academic article, or any other format.
On 12th July, the winners fwere invited to an awards ceremony at the House of Lords and were presented with their awards by Lord James O'Shaughnessy.
Five overall winners were chosen:
Hollie Jones - University of Birmingham
Nicholas Fontana - University of London Law
David Elikwu - BPP University Law School
Samuel Bartlett - University of Birmingham
Maria Anderson - University of Huddersfield
Hollie Jones David Elikwu
Samuel Bartlett Maria Anderson
You can read the winning entry from Hollie Jones on her blog page here
Details of previous writing contests also run by the Centre can be found at the bottom of this page.
2016 Why Virtue Matters Contest
2016 Why Virtue Matters Essay Contest
Winners were presented with their awards as part of the 2016 Jubilee Youth Awards, held at the House of Lords on Thursday 14th July. The photos below are of Lucy and Mollie (Primary Winners) and Jessica* and Awais (Secondary Winners) receiving their awards from Lord James O'Shaughnessy (Jubilee Centre and Floreat Education) and Sir Nick Parker (Step Up to Serve).
* Jessica's award was collected on her behalf by teacher
Essay Contest: Why Virtue Matters Winners, 2016
Lucy Snowdon Dame Allan’s Schools, Northumberland
Mollie McHardy, Heversham St Peter’s CE Primary School, Cumbria
Jessica Bonner Highclare School, West Midlands
Awais Hussain Dixons Kings Academy, West Yorkshire
2015 Why Virtue Matters Contest
Details of the 2015 finalists, and winners for each category, can be found below:
The contest ran for the first time in 2015 and received essays from 400 young people across both primary and secondary schools.
Megan Edwards, Broadlands Primary Federated with Aylestone High School
Katie Seddon, Kings Langley School
Harry Batson, Wellington Academy
Georgia Parnham, Wellington Academy
Mina Staevska, Wellington Academy
Oscar Halm, Aylestone High School
Kate Laffey, Aylestone High School