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National Secondary School Essay Competition 2016/17

The University of Limerick Regional Writing Centre is holding its sixth annual National Secondary School Essay-writing Competition for Transition, 5th and 6th year secondary school students.


The competition will require that students take a decisive stance on the following prompt, which is to be explored in an essay of 800-1,000 words:

“Student loans will make graduates flee. Face it, tax is the best way to fund third level.”

– ­Niamh Hourigan, Sociology Department head at UCC–

Is Niamh Hourigan right? If not, what is the fairest way to fund third-level education?

The primary purpose of our competition is to give students the opportunity to engage in a social debate through writing and to prepare them for argumentative writing at third level. In addition, the competition highlights the University of Limerick’s commitment to supporting the educational advancement of prospective students. The Regional Writing Centre is dedicated to helping students to develop strategies to become more confident, critical and autonomous writers, able to write persuasively in all contexts, whether academic or professional.

The deadline for receipt of entries for this competition is Friday, 24th February, 2016, 12:00pm. The rules and regulations of the competition, judging criteria, identification sheet and poster for the promotion of this competition can be found below.

Three shortlisted winners in each year will be announced on Wednesday, 5th April, 2017, and prizes will be awarded at a special ceremony by the University of Limerick Vice President Academic and Registrar, Professor Paul McCutcheon on Monday, 24th April, 2017. The overall winner of the National Secondary School Essay-writing Competition for each year (Transition, 5th and 6th Year) will receive an android tablet, while the two runners up in each year will receive a €100 voucher.