Lower Sixth Politics pupil shortlisted for prestigious essay competition

An essay on increasing voter turn-out numbers written by Millfield Lower Sixth Tabitha Watkins has been shortlisted out of 3,600 entries for the New College of the Humanities Year 12 Essay Competition.

Tabitha’s essay, entitled ‘What measures can be taken to increase voter turn-out at elections?’ was entered into the Politics & International Relations category, and was written in her own time outside of school commitments. She explored the various options the UK could explore to increase voter turn-out, including compulsory voting, changing the day of elections so more people could participate and educating more of the electorate on their choices. In her essay, Tabitha concludes that the UK should utilise Belgium’s method and increase the time and way in which people can vote.

The prestigious competition, which encourages talented and intellectually curious Year 12 students from all over the world who show passion and academic potential in the humanities and social sciences to submit entries on a selection of essay titles across a broad range of humanities and social sciences topics. Categories include Art History, Economics, English, History, Law, Philosophy, and Politics & International Relations.

Tabitha has now been invited to attend the awards ceremony at the New College of the Humanities in London at the end of June, which will be hosted by British Philosopher and author Professor A C Grayling.