Undergraduate Essay Competition 2021/22

Are you looking for a competitive edge when applying for internships? Are you interested in how Economics can be applied to contemporary issues? Want to stand out in CVs, cover letters, and other applications? Then we have just the opportunity for you! 


















This Christmas, the Durham University Economics Society is running an essay competition open to all those who study an Economics degree.


All submissions will have a chance to be published on our blog.


Taking part is a great way to demonstrate your interest in Economics beyond the academic course requirements, which will help you stand out in CVs, cover letters, and other applications.


All entrants must be an undergraduate student at Durham University and study Economics as part of their degree.



There are two £50 Amazon Vouchers up for grabs for:


  1. The best essay written by a Fresher.

  2. The overall winner.



The essay should be a short opinion piece of 1,000 words, use sound economic reasoning, and provide an answer to one of the following questions:



  1. ‘Cash is yesterday’s currency.’ The popularity of cryptocurrencies has caught the attention of governments across the world. Are Central Bank Digital Currencies the correct step towards a cashless society?

  2. ‘How much do you pay a hero?’ Should healthcare workers receive a pay rise following the pandemic?

  3. ‘Are countries COP-ping out?’ Have recent environmental agreements done enough to address the issue of climate change?

  4. ‘Take from the rich to give to the poor.’ How should the UK best approach redistributing wealth as inequality continues to rise?

  5. ‘What is more important: the health of the economy or the health of the public?’ Was the UK lockdown the best approach to the threat posed by Covid-19?

  6. ‘Clout or specialisation?’ Now that Britain has left the EU it can negotiate its own specialised trade deals but many fear without the EU, it will lack bargaining power. Which will be more important for the post-Brexit British economy?



Please submit all entries by email to by Friday 14 January, 2022.


The winners will be announced by the end of January.


We look forward to reading your submissions!