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The Hennessy Essay 2016: applications open

Wednesday 10 August 2016


The Mile End Institute is pleased to announce the launch of a prize for essay writing on British politics in honour of our patron, the cross-bench peer and constitutional historian Lord Hennessy.

The prize is an open competition to be awarded to the best essay concerning British politics submitted by a British academic.

The prize of £800, funded by the Committee of University Chairs, will be awarded by Lord Hennessy at a reception at the House of Lords.  

The only certain thing about current UK politics is uncertainty. Never has there been a greater need for essays carrying great explanatory power from teachers and writers of politics
Peter Hennessy

Announcing the prize, Lord Hennessy said: "The only certain thing about current UK politics is uncertainty.  Never has there been a greater need for essays carrying great explanatory power from teachers and writers of politics".

The winning essay will be published on the Mile End Institute blog and online by Prospect Magazine, subject to editorial approval.

The competition is open to anyone currently employed in an academic capacity at a UK university in any discipline.

Entrants should submit an original 1,500 word essay in English on any subject relating to British politics.  

The essay should be written for an informed but lay readership and should not be written as an academic article.

Judges:
• Peter Hennessy, Attlee Professor of Contemporary History, QMUL
• Sir Nick Montagu, Chair of Council QMUL
• Carolyn Quinn, BBC Radio 4

Deadlines:
Submissions must be received by midnight on Wednesday 19 October 2016

To enter:
Please submit your essay in a word document by email to the Mile End Institute's Executive Manager Catherine Miller on c.miller@qmul.ac.uk. 

Please include in the document and your covering email details of the following:
• Your full name, address, email address and telephone number
• Details of your academic employment

Entrants consent to the terms and conditions below by submitting their entry.
For enquiries please contact c.miller@qmul.ac.uk

 


Full terms and conditions:
1. This competition is open to anyone currently employed in an academic position in a UK higher education institution. This includes those who are employed on teaching-only contracts.
2. All information detailing how to enter this competition forms part of these terms and conditions. It is a condition of entry that all rules are accepted as final. Submission of an entry will be taken to mean acceptance of these terms and conditions.
3. Essays must be in English and be no longer than 1,500 words.  Footnotes, references and bibliography are not required.
4. All entries must be received by midnight on 19 October.
5. Entries must be the work of the individual submitting them and must not have been published elsewhere or have won a prize in any other competition. It is the responsibility of the entrant to ensure that their entry does not infringe the copyright of any third party or any laws.
6. Copyright and all other intellectual property rights in the award-winning entries will vest in the Mile End Institute. The Mile End Institute shall be entitled to an indemnity from the author against claims for copyright infringement, defamation, or other proceedings, and any profits arising from publication by the Mile End Institute shall be the property of the Mile End Institute. The moral rights of the author will be acknowledged.
7. Only one entry allowed per person. Late, ineligible, incomplete or corrupt entries will not be accepted. No responsibility can be accepted for lost entries and proof of transmission will not be accepted as proof of receipt. Entries must not be sent through agencies or third parties.
8. The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into. The judges reserve the right to not award any prize.
9. The prize-winning entrant will win £800.
10. The award winner will be notified by 30 November 2016.
11. The award winner may be required to take part in publicity.
12. The winner's name will be published on the Mile End Institute website.
13. The winning article will be published on the Mile End Institute website.  Prospect Magazine will publish the winning article on its website, subject to editorial approval by Prospect staff. Prospect reserves the right not to publish the article.
14. These rules may be discontinued or amended in any way and at any time, and no entrant shall have any right or claim under the rules for any work he or she may be preparing at the time of such discontinuance or amendment.

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