Winners of the Equality & Diversity Essay Competition 2020

The winners have been selected for New College's 2020 Equality & Diversity Essay Competition! 

Each year, the competition is open to Year 12 students from our Step Up partner schools, with a concurrent competition open to New College students. This year's topic was LGBTQ+. 

Rainbow Flag flying on the Robinson Tower


The Winners

The Step Up School Winner was Maria Copley, from Cardinal Newman Catholic School and Sixth Form College. 

Maria Copley

The New College Student Winner was Oliver Smith. 

Oliver Smith

A runner-up was also selected in each category: Kaithlene Spiritu, from St Angela's Ursuline School, and Jack Underhill (current student). 

The winners each received a £300 first prize, with the runners-up each receiving £100. 

Congratulations to all of them! 


Find out more

For more details on the competition, including some thoughts from our winners, take a look at the dedicated Equality and Diversity Essay Competition page