Academic competitions for schools and colleges | University of Oxford

Academic competitions for schools and colleges

Several colleges and departments of the University of Oxford run competitions which are open to students from all schools and colleges.

Please do encourage your students to enter. Preparing an entry for one of these competitions is great practice for any aspiring Oxford applicants. There are also some exciting prizes to be won.


These competitions have closed for entries. Unfortunately we do not have any competitions running presently however details of further competitions will be published here as soon as they become available.

College / DepartmentCompetitionTarget GroupDeadline for entries
Further details
OrielLloyd Davies Philosophy PrizeYear 12 Monday 20 June 2016Oriel
St Hugh'sJulia Wood Prize Historical EssayYear 12 or 13  Friday 29 July 2016St Hugh's
Corpus ChristiSchools Science Prize Years 11 and 12Tuesday 10 May 2016Corpus Christi 
KebleTheology and Religion essay competitionStudents post-16 and pre-universitySunday 1 May 2016Keble 
Modern LanguagesFrench Film Competition 2016Years 7 to 13Thursday 31 March 2016Modern Languages
 St John's Classics and Ancient History Essay Competition UK students in Year 12 Thursday 25 February 2016 St John's College
Christ ChurchChristopher Tower Poetry CompetitionAll UK students between 16 and 18Friday 19 February 2016Tower Poetry
St Hugh's CollegeMary Renault Essay PrizeUK students  in Year 12 or 13, not studying Latin or Greek to A-level or equivalentSaturday 16 January 2016St Hugh's College
Oxford Medical School GazetteOMSG Essay Competition 2015UK students in Years 11, 12 and 13Friday 8 January 2016Oxford Medical School Gazette
ClassicsArs Longa Prize 2015Open to all studentsMonday 4 January 2016Archive of Performances of Greek & Roman Drama
Department of OncologyScience Video CompetitionUK students in Years 10 to 13Tuesday 1 December 2015Science Video Competition 2015.pdf
Computer ScienceAda Lovelace CompetitionDifferent categoriesTuesday 13 October 2015The National Museum of Computing