Student essay competition 2011: How does a languages, linguistics or area studies degree equip you for life as a global citizen?

News summary

LLAS runs an annual essay competition for higher education students of languages, linguistics and area studies who are studying in the UK. This year, the winning student will win a cash prize of £300. Full details about the competition topic and assessment criteria are available below. The closing date for this year's competition is 31 March 2011. Please advertise the competition to your students. Contact for promotional materials.

The competition is being run by The Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies (LLAS) and in addition to the prize money winners will have their essay published on the Subject Centre website, and be invited to attend the HE Academy Conference.  Runners-up will also receive a prize and have their entries published on our website.

Would you like
to win £300 for
a 1,000-word essay?

Well now's
your chance!

To enter this competition all you need to do is write a 1,000-word essay on the following topic:

How does a languages, linguistics or area studies degree equip you for life as a global citizen?

So share your thoughts in the field of Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies!
NB: We reserve editorial rights for any essays we choose to publish.

Submit your entry

Deadline for submission: 31 March 2011

Please email your entry to Paula Davis ( Please ensure you include your:

  • Name
  • University
  • Department
  • Course title
  • Year of study
  • Term address / home address (please state which one you use as main)
  • Contact email address
  • Contact telephone number

Click here to download a cover sheet to submit with your entry.

Previous winners

For examples of what makes an award-winning essay, read the winning essays from previous years; it may help you get started. Good luck! 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.

Further details


Submitted entries will be assessed against the following criteria. Your work should:

  • Answer the question.
  • Give an overview of the factors that led to your answer, including specific examples as appropriate.
  • Provide an individual and honest account
  • Be entertaining and interesting.
  • Be well written in terms of structure, grammar and spelling.
  • Not vary from the 1,000 word guideline by more than 10% either way.
  • Be submitted on the application form in electronic format.

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