Announcement: The Constitution Society Undergraduate Essay Prize

By: The Constitution Society

The Constitution Society, in association with Hart Publishers, is delighted to announce the launch of its new Undergraduate Essay Prize. Running in the first half of 2023, the Prize is an opportunity for undergraduate students with an interest in constitutional studies to contribute to the Society’s research. 

Our constitution shapes our politics, our laws and our society, and with the increasing prominence of constitutional debate in recent years, the Society has commissioned an Essay Prize to help foster public understanding of the constitution.  The Essay Prize aims to encourage and reward excellence in constitutional scholarship at the undergraduate level. The Prize offers a fantastic opportunity for future constitutional scholars engage in the public debate around our constitution.

The winner of the 2023 Constitution Society Undergraduate Essay Prize will receive £500 alongside £200 of book vouchers generously donated by Hart Publishers, a division of Bloomsbury Academic Press. The winning essay, along with any shortlisted essays, will be considered for publication by the Society. The Prize itself will be awarded at one of the Society’s conferences in 2023. 

Entries to the Prize are open as of Monday 9th January, with submissions welcome up to 31st March. 

Entrants will submit an essay of no more than 2500 words in length in answer to the question: To what extent have events since 2016 exposed weaknesses in the UK’s uncodified constitution?

The Prize is open to all students presently enrolled in undergraduate study at a UK university. Entries must be submitted via a university email address to . 

The Society encourages entries from a wide variety of academic backgrounds, with no set requirements regarding referencing or writing style. Entries should be in word or pdf format. Judging will be conducted anonymously and so it is asked that no identifying features, such as name, university, etc. be included in the essay. 

The judging of the prize will be conducted in two stages with shortlisted entries progressing to review by our illustrious panel. 

For 2023, the judging panel for the Constitution Society Undergraduate Essay Prize is composed of the following: 

Professor Andrew Blick, Dame Eleanor Laing MP, Professor Aileen McHarg, Sir Richard Mottram and Professor Alison Young. 

Entries which make it through to the second stage will receive feedback and will be considered for publication by the Society. 

The winner of the Prize will be announced on 11th May 2023.

Founded in 2009, The Constitution Society is an independent, non-party educational foundation. We promote public understanding of the British Constitution and work to encourage informed debate between legislators, academics and the public about proposals for constitutional change. The Society is a registered charity. We have no connection with any political party and we do not take any money from government. We rely for our funding on individual donations and grants from educational trusts and foundations.