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School Essay Competition

University of Reading Malaysia (UoRM) invites students to submit an essay for the competition. this competition is open to all students. The title for the competition as follow.

"How I would help lead Malaysia to a brighter future"


The competition is open to two categories of students:

  • Category A – Secondary level students, studying SPM, IGCSE or equivalent.
  • Category B – Pre-university students, studying UEC, A-level, STPM, university foundation or equivalent.


Prizes* will be awarded to the most creative and inspiring videos as follows:

  • 1st Prize - RM1,000 + RM3,888 Bursary for study at UoRM
  • 2nd Prize - RM800 + RM2,888 Bursary for study at UoRM
  • 3rd Prize - RM500 + RM1,888 Bursary for study at UoRM

To participate:

  • This is a solo competition and as many students from the same school are able to participate.
  • Submit an original essay (of between 2000-2500 words) relevant to the topic given, following the guidelines in the Competition rules.
  • Attached your essay and email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before 31st August 2021.

Judging Criteria

  • Submissions will be evaluated by an expert panel from the University.
  • The panel’s decision is final.

Announcement of Winners

  • The winners will be announced on 17th September 2021.

General Rules

Registration will be taken to mean acceptance of competition rules.

  • There will be no charges for the competition. Submission of the competition will be taken to mean acceptance of the Competition rules and the Terms and Conditions.
  • The competition is open for two categories of students. Category A is for secondary level students (SPM / IGCSE) and Category B is for Pre-University level students.
  • This is a solo competition for both the categories.
  • One participant only can submit one essay. All participants need to register via our online form latest by 31st July 2021. All essays need to be submitted latest by 31st August 2021. Any submissions beyond the submission deadline will not be accepted.
  • Only original essays will be considered for the competition. Previously published essays are therefore excluded. Any form of plagiarism will result in disqualification.
  • Length of Essay: The essay shall be no longer than 2,500 words, footnotes included. Papers should not be shorter than 2000 words.
  • Essays should be written in the English Language.
  • The participant must have full copyrights to the submitted essay. Competition submissions must not have any obscene, violent, racist or defamatory content. Incomplete entries or entries that do not comply with the formal specifications will be automatically disqualified.

Format Requirements

  • Typed on a A4 size electronic page in MS Word format
  • Font size shall be 12 points
  • 1.5 interlinear space
  • Margins of 2.54 cm on top, bottom and both sides
  • Numbering of the page shall be numbered consecutively in Arabic numbers (i.e.1, 2, 3 etc.). Such numbering may be in the footer/header


  • Participants may use any recognised style of referencing system and this must be consistently used through the Written Submission. The List of References shall include all cited texts throughout the Written Submission.

Cover of the Written Submissions

  • This should include Name of the Participant, Email ID, Contact Number and Name of the School
  • The List of References and List of Abbreviations should also be submitted along-with the essay submissions.

Assessment Criteria

  • Following criteria might be used in assessing the essay:
    • Content – Originality
    • Clarity and Structure
    • How inspiring the essay is


  • Copyright in all contributions accepted will remain with the authors, and they are free to re-use their own material.
  • Essays incompatible with the above rules and conditions will not be considered. Participation to the competition implies acceptance of the above terms and conditions.
  • Winners will be notified through their school. Winners will be mentioned in the university’s social media.
  • *Cash prize will be distributed to the school. A bursary letter will be given for the stated amount to student and applied in the form of a discount to course fees for study at UoRM in 2021 or 2022.
  • In case of any questions or queries, please contact Devi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Joyce This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Good luck!


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