The Big Oxplore Essay Competition!

Event date
16 Nov 2020 to 1 Dec 2020
Event time
9:00 - 12:00
Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach
Wellington Square
University Offices
Event cost
Target audience
Students, Teachers
Age range
Age 11-12 (year 7), Age 12-13 (year 8), Age 13-14 (year 9), Age 14-15 (year 10), Age 15-16 (year 11), Age 16-17 (year 12), Age 17-18 (year 13)
Not required

Oxplore ( is running an ocean-themed essay competition for secondary school students in Wales and the South West of England. This is inspired by our latest Big Question: Should we put our ocean first? For a downloadable competition poster that you could display in your school, visit:

We are inviting students in years 7-13 to write a 750-word response to one of the following essay titles:

Was an ‘Age of Exploration’ a positive development in world history?

Should we prioritise ocean over space exploration?

Should individuals take more responsibility for protecting the ocean?

All entries should be emailed to by 12 noon GMT on 1 December 2020.

Entries will be reviewed by our expert judging panel. There will be two age categories: years 7-9 and 10-13. The winners will receive £100 in Amazon vouchers and the runners-up will receive an ocean-themed goody bag.

For more information and guidance, visit: