Student essay-writing talent recognised

Trinity college undergraduate Ernest Lee has been announced as the winner of two college essay prizes this year. He has won first prize for essays submitted to the Douglas Sladen Prize, as well as the Margaret Howard Essay Prize.

The Sladen Prize, is awarded to the best original written essay on any topic by a Trinity undergraduate. It was established in 1964 by the widow of Douglas Sladen (scholar 1875). Ernest Lee’s winning essay was entitled, ‘Hold on, the statue’s buffering’: virtual museums for a post-physical world.

The Margaret Howard Essay Prize was founded with the intention of setting essay topics that are not subject-specific and will encourage students reading for an undergraduate degree in any field to exploit the knowledge they have gained during their course and prompt them to think about the social and ethical context in which it is studied. It is awarded for an essay addressing one of three topics chosen by the judging panel; Ernest Lee’s essay addressed the question: “I have no message […] Messages don’t interest me” (Sarah Maldoror). To what extent do literary, cinematic or artistic works have political ‘messages’?

Ernest Lee has just finished his second year studying history and politics at Trinity. His Sladen Prize-winning essay can be downloaded here. His Howard Prize essay can be downloaded here.

Posted: 30 June 2020

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