7th Annual Oxford Uehiro Prize in Practical Ethics Final Presentation

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National Annual Oxford Uehiro Prize in Practical Ethics

The National Oxford Uehiro Prize in Practical Ethics is an annual competition held in the Spring. It is open to all Undergraduate and Post Graduate Students enrolled in UK universities.




All graduate and undergraduate students (full and part-time) currently enrolled at any UK university, in any subject, are invited to enter the National Oxford Uehiro Prize in Practical Ethics by submitting an essay of up to 2000 words on any topic relevant to practical ethics. 

Practical ethics is concerned with what we should do in any given situation. It reflects on personal, professional, policy, and social choices and structures and holds them up to scrutiny. It may balance or prioritise different values and interests.

Two undergraduate papers and two graduate papers will be shortlisted from those submitted to go forward to a public presentation and discussion, where the winner of each category will be selected.  

The winner from each category will receive a prize of £300, and the runner up £100. Revised versions of the two winning essays will be considered for publication in the Journal of Practical Ethics. The two winners from the prize will be invited to take part in an online Q&A, as part of the Oxford Uehiro Festival of Arguments.

The competition will be opened for entries during Michaelmas Term, with announcements appearing on this website as well as our social media platforms and the Practical Ethics in the News blog. The competition will be closed to entries in February, and the final to take place in March. Exact dates will be announced at the time of the opening of the competition each year. 

If you have a question that is not answered by the information on these pages, please email: rocci.wilkinson@philosophy.ox.ac.uk