Thursday, July 09, 2015

2015 Religion, Philosophy & Ethics Essay Competition (to win an iPad)

First prize: a new iPad
Three Runners-up receive a £20 Amazon voucher

The Religion, Philosophy and Ethics (RPE) course  is pleased to announce the return of its annual RPE Essay Competition

2014 winner!
The competition is open to all those currently studying for any AS or A2-level examinations (or equivalent) in the UK. The first prize is a new iPad, and there will be three runners-up prizes of £20 Amazon vouchers.

Entries must be no longer than 1500 words including footnotes but excluding references and can take any form e.g. essay, dialogue, etc. All sources must be referenced.

The deadline for the 1500 word essay is 5pm on 29st October 2015 and will be judged by RPE lecturers.

To enter please choose one of the titles below and email your entry to (please note you may only submit one entry to the competition).

Entries must be written in as a Microsoft Word document. Entries will normally be acknowledged within 5 days. In your email, please put your name, the Sixth Form / FE college you attend, and the title you have chosen to answer. The subject of your email should be 'essay competition'.

Choose one of the following titles:

  1. Is atheism a faith?
  2. ‘Without a religious dimension a person cannot be fully moral’. Discuss
  3. Would it ever be possible to develop an Artificial Intelligence/Robot that was capable of love?

Peter Tatchell Lecture, next Thursday: 'Organised Religion: the greatest global threat to human rights?'

[This event has now happened - but you can see the full video of the lecture at]

Next week, on July 16th, Peter Tatchell will lecture on 'Organised Religion: the greatest global threat to human rights?'

Given the complex historical relations between battles for human rights, and the place of both people of faith and religious institutions on either sides of these battles, this promises to be a fascinating talk.

There will also be a Q&A with the speaker, and the chance to engage in debate.

The event is free, but please email to reserve a place.

The event is to start at 7.30pm in TC001 at the FCH Campus (Swindon Road, Cheltenham) of the University.