Will automation and technology replace doctors?

  • Word limit: 500 words (excluding references)

  • Format: Microsoft Word document. Arial size 11.

  • Deadline: 4th September 2022

  • Results: 4th October 2022

  • EligibilityOpen to those applying to study medicine in the UK for 2023 or 2024 Entry

1st Prize: £100 & Certificate

2nd Prize £50 & Certificate

3rd Prize £25 & Certificate


Student Essay Competition 2022
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Previous Competition Results Announcement by:

Professor Alan Fenwick OBE
Emeritus Professor, Imperial College London

A national science essay competition to encourage aspiring scientists and clinicians to think critically about tackling global challenges and change.

"An excellent standard of submissions from across the UK". 

Dr. Adeel Iqbal MBBS BSc (Hons) AICSM MRCP
Consultant Physician, London 

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Congratulations to the Prize Winners & Runners Up of the Global Clinical Network Student National Science Essay Competition 2021

How will doctors practice Medicine in 2031?

First Prize 

Victoria Zlatkovsky, Woodford County High School, Essex

"Huge congratulations to Vicky on this outstanding achievement – we’re very proud to have you representing Woodford County High School on a national level, and impressed at the work that you have put into this". 

Ms K. Hasler, Head of Sixth Form, Woodford County High School

Second Prize 

King Sum Tong, Bromsgrove School, Worcestershire 

"King is an engaging, enthusiastic and talented scientist whose passion for physiology and immunology really set him apart from his peers; a consummate student it is with great relish we get to see his efforts pay off. Well done King". 

Mr. Tom Holdsworth, Department of Biology, Bromsgrove School

Third Prize 

Sana Salim, Hymers College, Hull

"Congratulations to Sana on her achievement in writing this excellent essay. You continue to show how intelligent, thoughtful and hard-working you are". 

Mr Gaynor-Smith, Director of Sixth Form, Hymers College.

Runners Up 2021

Varun Nathan

Bedford School


Sincere congratulations to Varun on his insightful and thought-provoking forecast for the coming decade of medical sciences and healthcare. 

Sam Baldock, Deputy Head Academic, Bedford School

Rayan Obinamuni

Chesham Grammar School


"Well done Rayan! We have been very impressed with your approach to learning and your efforts in preparing to study medicine. Congratulations on your success in this competition!"

Kevin Mutter, Team Leader for Science, Chesham Grammar School

Diana Baban

Ark Academy Sixth Form


"Diana has a natural flair for Biology. Her passion for medicine has led her to be the co-founder of  the school’s first MedSoc, which has helped countless other students. This passion shines through in her essay. She is a truly worth winner of the competition and I could not be prouder and happier for her".

Laura Sach, Head of Year 13, Ark Academy Sixth Form

Aditya Muthyala

Crossley Heath School


"Crossley Heath is hugely proud of Aditya – he is an exceptionally talented student and absolutely deserves this success. Well done from us all!"

Adam Smith, Head of Sixth Form, Crossley Heath School

Zoe Zilioli

Durham Johnston Comprehensive


"Zoe's dedication and enthusiasm shines through in lessons on a daily basis. She is very intelligent and has a keen interest in scientific matters. It came as no surprise to the science department that Zoe had excelled in this national competition and  thoroughly deserves recognition for her efforts". 

A J O' Sullivan, Headteacher Durham Johnston Comprehensive School

Victor Angelov

Queen Elizabeth's School


“Congratulations on your excellent result, which recognizes your academic abilities and which should provide you with confidence to go forwards in your chosen career of Medicine.”

Helen Davies, Head of Year, Queen Elizabeth's School

Bari Syed

King Edward VI Grammar School


"Huge congratulations to Bari on his successful contribution to the National Student Science Essay Competition; all at KEGS are delighted and very proud".

Mr Robert Ager, Assistant Head of Sixth form, King Edward VI Grammar School

Maryam Hasanova

Bradfield College


"Academically curious and with an exemplary work ethic, Maryam is one of the most driven and self-motivated pupils I have had the pleasure to work with".

Nicola Armstrong, Housemistress, Palmer House, Bradfield College

Ava Grant

Sir William Perkins's School


"Ava’s essay on the future of Stem Cell research was deservedly shortlisted. It was well structured, balancing ethical and religious views with the positive scientific impacts and relevant, given the current global COVID pandemic. Well done!"

Dr. Gregory Limburn, Science Co-Ordinator, Sir William Perkins's School

Aleena Benson

West Kirkby Grammar School


"Congratulations Aleena! This is a fantastic achievement, and well deserved. Your interest in everything science is impressive, and we are very proud of you!"

Mrs. Fairclough, Head of Science, West Kirkby Grammar School

Gavra Chan

Cheltenham Ladies' College


"We are immensely proud of Gavra for her exceptional piece of writing, which she researched carefully. We offer her our warmest congratulations for being shortlisted".

Head of Science, Cheltenham Ladies College

Lysander Duree

Ampleforth College


"Congratulations Lysander on your excellent essay on the role of the doctor in 2031. As a student of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics at Ampleforth College you have been most impressive in your time in the Lower Sixth Form. You will make a fine doctor – able to apply your academic knowledge and able to “think outside the box” as your essay demonstrates. Well done!"


Peter Anderson, Head of Science, Ampleforth College

Zahra Daar

Bentley Wood High School


"Congratulations on your amazing success in winning the Prize for this prestigious essay competition. We are very proud of you!"

Dr. Janice Howkins, Headteacher, Bentley Wood High School

Hibah Sharif

Hutchesons' Grammar School


“Congratulations to Hibah who is a diligent and enthused biologist. Hard working and committed. Her essay is an interesting look into the future of medicine”

Head of Biology, Hutchesons' Grammar School

Sedem Anyiri

Oakland's Catholic School


"Congratulations Sedem - this is a very well deserved award and the whole school is extremely proud of you and your achievement".

Dr. Mark Dixon, Assistant Headteacher & Head of Science, Oakland's Catholic School